HOMME: Tribute to Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy: A career in pictures

He founded the iconic fashion house and dressed some of the world’s most beautiful women for decades.

Born in 1927 as Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy to an aristocratic family in the French city of Beauvais, he established the fashion house of Givenchy in the 1950s at just 24. Pictured here backstage at his first Spring collection show in 1952. Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES
After he met Audrey Hepburn to design ensembles for the film Sabrina, they would develop a design relationship and friendship that he said became “a kind of marriage”. She is quoted as saying of Givenchy that “he is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality”. Photo credit: ALAMY
He dressed her personally and in pictures for decades, and in her most well-known films including Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His little black dress look for Hepburn in the latter 1961 film would become arguably his most iconic. He said in 2010: “The little black dress is the hardest thing to realise, because you must keep it simple.” Photo credit: ALAMY

Former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy was among other celebrity fans of the designer, here wearing a veil and neat black Givenchy suit on the day of her husband, John F Kennedy’s, funeral in 1963. Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

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