Givenchy: Sketches of a Vintage Past

Hubert de Givenchy

Iconic fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was renowned for his elegant couture fashion and was a key figure in the chic style that dominated the 50s and 60s.  His was fondly referred to as designer to the stars, with relationships with several of Hollywood’s golden age leading ladies. None of these were more significant that his 40 year long relationship with Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn. © Hubert de Givenchy

“his clothes are the only ones in which I feel myself. He is more than a designer; he is a creator of personality” – audrey hepburn

© Hubert de Givenchy

As the world loses one of the most talented designers of the 20th century, we pay homage to the mind of Givenchy.  As we all marvel at the finished product of his genius, we should not forget the earliest conceptions of his vision – his sketches. This is a tiny collection from his archive of hand sketches over the past 70 years and a tribute to the life of a global design icon.

© Hubert de Givenchy
© Hubert de Givenchy
© Hubert de Givenchy

Born to an aristocratic family in the northern French town of Beauvais, Givenchy moved to Paris in 1944 to study law, but instead began an apprenticeship with designer Jacques Fath. In the early 1950’s he founded House of Givenchy and with that his debut collection was widely considered an instant classic; showcasing the famed “Bettina Blouse”. By the 1960’s he had teamed up with fashion king, Cristóbal Balenciaga to develop the concept of “the sack” – a loose form with no waistline.

Bettina Blouse. © Hubert de Givenchy
The Sack. © Hubert de Givenchy
The Sack. © Cristobal Balenciaga

“Balenciaga was my religion, and because I am a believer, for me there is Balenciaga and the Lord” – givenchy

© Cristobal Balenciaga
© Hubert de Givenchy
© Hubert de Givenchy
© Hubert de Givenchy

R.I.P hubert de Givenchy