Remembering Hubert Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy made women feel beautiful, with his signature elegance. From the atelier of his early days in 1952, to Paris fashion parties in the 1990s via frequent appearances in Vogue over the years.

Givenchy designed the famous little black dress from the 1961 hit “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” worn by Audrey Hepburn.

Actress Audrey Hepburn would become his muse and one of his closest friends.

Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy’s Riccardo Tisci and current chief designer Claire Waight Keller, the first woman to hold the post.

He lived an extraordinary life, that came to an end on March 10, 2018 when he was 91.

Givenchy will be remembered as a pioneer of pure lines and flattering elegance — an aesthetic summed up in the motto he shared with Balenciaga: “Make it simple, make it pure.”

  Hubert de Givenchy in 1995

Hubert de Givenchy in 1995

  A model wearing Givenchy in  Vogue,  May 1972

A model wearing Givenchy in Vogue, May 1972

  Hubert de Givenchy in his Paris atelier, March 1, 1987

Hubert de Givenchy in his Paris atelier, March 1, 1987

  The Givenchy salons, August 1970, Paris

The Givenchy salons, August 1970, Paris

  A model in Givenchy for  Vogue,  November 1964

A model in Givenchy for Vogue, November 1964

  Hubert de Givenchy in his salon in Paris, for  Vogue , 1969

Hubert de Givenchy in his salon in Paris, for Vogue, 1969

  A model wearing Givenchy in  Vogue,  October 1953

A model wearing Givenchy in Vogue, October 1953

  A model wearing Givenchy in  Vogue , October 1953

A model wearing Givenchy in Vogue, October 1953

  A model in Givenchy in 1952

A model in Givenchy in 1952

  Hubert de Givenchy with his Afghan hound in 1955

Hubert de Givenchy with his Afghan hound in 1955

  A model wearing Givenchy in 1955

A model wearing Givenchy in 1955

  Hubert de Givenchy backstage at his Spring/Summer 1952 show

Hubert de Givenchy backstage at his Spring/Summer 1952 show

  Three models wearing Givenchy in 1952

Three models wearing Givenchy in 1952

  Hubert de Givenchy in 1952

Hubert de Givenchy in 1952