Friday, May 10, 2013
Hubert de Givenchy
Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born to an old aristocratic family with long ties to the artistic and fashion world. After his father’s death from influenza, he was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, who was an artist in charge of the Gobelins and Beauvais tapestry factories. After attending the Paris World Fair in 1937, he decided that his future lay “somewhere in fashion design.” He studied at the Ècole des Beaux Arts in Paris and later came to design for the Jacques Fath, Lucien Lelong, and Elsa Schiaparelli alongside his future contemporaries Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior. In 1952, he opened his own fashion house, becoming the youngest designer in Paris at the age of 25. A year later, he met his muse Audrey Hepburn on the set on the movie Sabrina. After that, he would design nearly all of her movie costumes, including her iconic black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy officially retired from designing in 1995.