Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy was born to a wealthy family 1927 in Beauvais, France. He stands an impressive 6′ 6″ inches in height.
He studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and his first job in fashion was for Jacques Fath in Paris in 1945.
He then worked briefly for Robert Piguet and for Lucien Lelong (1946) and with with Lelong’s assistants, Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior.
His final induction into fashion was with Elsa Schiaparelli between 1947 and 1951.
He opened the House of Givenchy in 1952 and named his first collection after Bettina Graziani, Paris’s top model at the time.
Hubert de Givenchy’s designs leapt to international recognition when Audrey Hepburn wore his white dress in Billy Wilder’s film ‘Sabrina’.
From then on, Audrey Hepburn came to epitomise the Givenchy style of the 50’s and 60’s along with Jackie Kennedy.
It was the death of John F Kennedy that brought global attention to Givenchy dresses. When John F.Kennedy was assasinated, the world witnessed a mourning Kennedy family all dressed in Givenchy clothes. Jackie Kennedy ordered a Givenchy dress for the funeral, which was especially flown in from Paris. It is said, that at that time, that Givenchy possessed individual patterns sheets for every female member of the Kennedy family.
In 1988, Givenchy sold his business to Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (LVMH).
Following his retirement in 1995, John Galliano, a graduate from St. Martin’s School of Art in London took Givenchys place as head of design.
Galliano’s first collection for Givenchy combined extravagance with the elegant restraint of Givenchy and injected a new competition and creativity into the French haute couture.
In 1996 as Galliano was switching to Dior, a fellow Englishman and another alumni of St. Martins, Alexander McQueen became head of design where he remained until 2001.
At this point, Julien Macdonald became the new Artistic Director of Women for Givenchy.
Since 2005, the creative side has been headed by Riccardo Tisci.
In January 2007, La Poste issued postage stamps for the St. Valentine’s Day designed by Givenchy.