A Look Back at Hubert de Givenchy's Legacy
Fashion has lost another legacy. Formally known as Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the French designer died at 91, leaving behind his namesake brand, under the recent direction of Clare Waight Keller.
Having dressed actress Audrey Hepburn, Givenchy was also closely associated to a number of powerful women including Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly. The couturier was known for his feminine and elegant garments and for the introduction of Separates. He was lauded as the man to introduce the concept of mix-and-match and to popularize the term 'little black dress' through Hepburn's iconic dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Givenchy, renowned for empowering women through the elegance of dress, was lauded for his precision like creations. Mastering the art of dress from his tutelage with another famed couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy’s looks were also very structural. He engaged not only with the dress, but with the women in the dress and was also accredited for being the first designer to introduce music and models to his fashion presentations, unheard of for a French couture house at the time.
The label, launched in 1954 and his menswear line in 1969, flourished under his impeccable taste, and have since then flourished under the creative vision of designers such as Riccardo Tisci and most recently Clare Waight Keller. Although both have taken the Givenchy label in different directions, the core of his brand still remains, synonymous with arresting and architectural style.