Fashion

Hubert de Givenchy (1927)

The statuesque French designer established his couture house in the 1950s in Paris and was one of the very first to launch a ready-to-wear collection. A precursor of the 1960s look, he raised hemlines to show off more legs and invented the sack dress. Inspired by his iconic muse, Audrey Hepburn, he imagined easy to wear and elegant garments, perfectly illustrated by the little black dress.

Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1961
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1961
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, ca. 1961, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, ca. 1961, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Balloon Dress, 1958
Hubert de Givenchy, Balloon Dress, 1958
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, photographed by Irving Penn, 1967
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, photographed by Irving Penn, 1967
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1969
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1969
Ivy Nicholson modeling for Hubert de Givenchy Fashion Show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Ivy Nicholson modeling for Hubert de Givenchy Fashion Show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1963
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1963
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensembles, Fall/Winter 1963, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensembles, Fall/Winter 1963, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tania Elg in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953
Tania Elg in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953
Denise Sarrault in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, 1955
Denise Sarrault in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, 1955
Audrey Heptburn in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Howell Conant, 1962
Audrey Heptburn in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Howell Conant, 1962
Hubert de Givenchy by Robert Doisneau, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy by Robert Doisneau, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn by Mel Ferre, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn by Mel Ferre, 1960
Jean Shrimpton in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Anthony Horth, ca. 1970
Jean Shrimpton in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Anthony Horth, ca. 1970
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, ca. 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, ca. 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketches for the Fall/Winter Collection,  1964
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketches for the Fall/Winter Collection, 1964
Hubert de Givenchy, Ariane Boléro, 1956, Palais Galliera, Paris

Hubert de Givenchy, Ariane Boléro, 1956, Palais Galliera, Paris

Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographe by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographe by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy during the rehearsal of his fashion show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy during the rehearsal of his fashion show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958
Hubert de Givenchy, Lilies of the Valley Dress, 1955, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Hubert de Givenchy, Lilies of the Valley Dress, 1955, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1954
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1954
Rose-Marie Reid in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1959
Rose-Marie Reid in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1959
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Hubert de Givenchy, Hat, 1960s, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Hubert de Givenchy, Hat, 1960s, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Bag, ca. 1968, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Bag, ca. 1968, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1966
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1966
Audrey Hepburn in an advertisement for Hubert de Givenchy L’Interdit Perfume, photographed by Bert Stern, 1966
Audrey Hepburn in an advertisement for Hubert de Givenchy L’Interdit Perfume, photographed by Bert Stern, 1966
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Coat, 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani modeling for Hubert de Givenchy Fashion Show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani modeling for Hubert de Givenchy Fashion Show, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Suzy Parker in Hubert de Givenchy Dress and Scarf, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953
Suzy Parker in Hubert de Givenchy Dress and Scarf, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1954
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1954
Veruschka in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, 1960s
Veruschka in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, 1960s
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Howell Conant, 1962
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Howell Conant, 1962
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1960
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, 1954, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress, 1954, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress (detail), 1954, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Cocktail Dress (detail), 1954, Palais Galliera, Paris
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Hubert de Givenchy, Ball Dress, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Ball Dress, photographed by Nat Farbamen, 1952
Suzy Parker in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1954
Suzy Parker in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1954
Hubert de Givenchy, Day Ensemble, 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Day Ensemble, 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1964
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1964
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Ensemble, 1969-1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Ensemble, 1969-1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Fiona Campbell-Walter in Hubert de Givenchy Beach Towel, photographed by Georges Dambier for Femina, 1954
Fiona Campbell-Walter in Hubert de Givenchy Beach Towel, photographed by Georges Dambier for Femina, 1954
Hubert de Givenchy, Sack Dress, 1957
Hubert de Givenchy, Sack Dress, 1957
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, ca. 1950
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, ca. 1950
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1959
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, 1959
Hubert de Givenchy, Hat and Brim, photographed by Henry Clarke, ca. 1954
Hubert de Givenchy, Hat and Brim, photographed by Henry Clarke, ca. 1954
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Pierluigi Praturlon, 1961
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Pierluigi Praturlon, 1961
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, ca. 1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, ca. 1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, ca. 1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Ensemble, ca. 1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Mirella Petteni in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1968
Mirella Petteni in Hubert de Givenchy Coat, photographed by Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1968
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina directed by Billy Wilder, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1954
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina directed by Billy Wilder, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1954
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1966
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1966
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, ca. 1982, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, ca. 1982, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, 1967-1969, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, 1967-1969, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for Funny Face directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1956
Hubert de Givenchy by Frédéric Huijbregts, ca. 1985
Hubert de Givenchy by Frédéric Huijbregts, ca. 1985
Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina directed by Billy Wilder, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1954
Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina directed by Billy Wilder, Costume by Hubert de Givenchy, 1954
Jennifer O'Neill in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1964
Jennifer O'Neill in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1964
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn in his atelier, 1959
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn in his atelier, 1959
Hubert de Givenchy, Cache-Chignon Hat, 1965, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Cache-Chignon Hat, 1965, Palais Galliera, Paris
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1955
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1955
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Coat and Lantern Scarf, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Coat and Lantern Scarf, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, 1971, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Evening Dress, 1971, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Tops en Skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Tops en Skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy, Sketch, 1980s
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, ca. 1958, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hubert de Givenchy, Dress, ca. 1958, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bettina Graziani, Sophie Malgat and Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Dresses, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Bettina Graziani, Sophie Malgat and Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Dresses, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bud Fraker, 1957
Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy Dress, photographed by Bud Fraker, 1957
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