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Founded: 1921
Country: France
Brand Name: Givenchy
Labels: Givenchy
Other Product Lines: Fragrances, Accessories, Cosmetics


In 1937, Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was just 10-years-old when he went to visit the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life. And its lasting impression made him decide he wanted to work “somewhere in fashion design.” He started to study, designed for friends and family, and even worked alongside the then-unknown Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. In 1952, Givenchy opened his own design store and was marked as one of the most innovative young fashion designers of his time. Among his most famous clients are Audrey Hepburn, for whom he designed almost every personal and professional wardrobe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly.

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Top Facts:

  • Givenchy's first collection was named after Parisian top models -- “Bettina Graziani.”
  • In 1970, Givenchy was listed on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
  • Hubert de Givenchy retired in 1995. John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien Macdonald have succeeded as creative directors of the luxurious fashion house. Since 2005 Givenchy women's ready-to-wear and haute couture has been headed by Riccardo Tisci.
  • At the age of 15, Givenchy was the youngest designer of the progressive Paris fashion scene.
  • In 2007, Givenchy designed exclusive postal stamps for Valentine's Day.
  • Givenchy's ad campaign for Fall 2010 was considered very controversial, featuring -- for the first time -- a transsexual model.


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