Givenchy, Hubert de

born Feb. 21, 1927, Beauvais, Fr.

French fashion designer.

After studying art at the École des Beaux-Arts, he designed for the Paris fashion houses of Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong, and Elsa Schiaparelli. In 1952 he opened his own house and introduced his first collection, featuring separates, high-style coats, and elegant ball gowns. In 1957 he and Cristobal Balenciaga introduced the "sack" silhouette (clothes without waistlines). His designs for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) popularized the high-bosomed dress without sleeves or belt. In the 1960s his ready-to-wear boutiques brought high fashion at low prices to women throughout the world.

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▪ French fashion designer
born Feb. 21, 1927, Beauvais, France

      French fashion designer noted for his couture and ready-to-wear designs, especially those he created for the actress Audrey Hepburn (Hepburn, Audrey).

      Givenchy studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts (Beaux-Arts, École des) in Paris and later studied law. At 17 he was apprenticed to the Parisian designer Jacques Fath, but he did not remain with Fath for long; during the next eight years he designed for the major Parisian fashion houses of Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong, and Elsa Schiaparelli (Schiaparelli, Elsa), in turn. In 1952 he opened his own house and maintained very low overhead costs in order to lower the prices of his designs. Givenchy's first collection, featuring flawlessly detailed separates, high-style coats, and elegant ball gowns, gained immediate international recognition. His designs used imaginative accessories, silk prints, and embroidered fabrics. His “Bettina blouse,” named for a popular model, reintroduced tailored shirting into high fashion.

      In 1957 he, along with the famed Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (Balenciaga, Cristóbal), introduced the “sack silhouette.” Givenchy's designs for Audrey Hepburn (Hepburn, Audrey) in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's brought into vogue the high-bosomed princess dress without sleeves or a belt. After Givenchy retired in the 1990s, the English designer John Galliano was hired as lead designer for the couture house; when Galliano moved to the House of Dior (Dior, Christian), he was replaced by Alexander McQueen, another English designer.

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