On this week’s blog we’re focusing on another legendary style icon. Unlike the others that we have featured, this designer was a male but certainly knew his way around styling females of the time. Hubert de Givenchy a French native, started his designer business and founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 in none other than Paris, France. His career started long before he gained fame including working alongside Christian Dior. Once he made a name for himself in the fashion industry, his designs grew to form an impressive A-list clientele including some of our past vintage icon features like Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn’s signature classic style was seen in many of the major films she starred in, as well as her everyday street looks. Here, this gorgeous gown designed by Givenchy and used in the 1954 film, Sabrina, employs the fine detailing that was prominent in vintage designs. The relationship between Givenchy and Hepburn was somewhat of a dream team–Audrey consistently chose his designs, and Givenchy consistently used her as his “muse.” No wonder his designs were so perfect!
Likewise, Grace Kelly was very fond of his collections. She was often described as having a timeless fashion sense, and much of this included those vintage looks. In this photo, she was wearing a Givenchy suit to meet Jackie Kennedy at the White House. The outfit, mimicking a high waisted pencil skirt silhouette, was part of this “timeless” fashion, and is just as respected on today’s runway as it was in the fifties.
And speaking of First Ladies, Jackie Kennedy was another model for the brand. Many of Kennedy’s outfits are actually kept at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum which chronicled her infamous sense of style that is still inspiring designers and fashionistas today. This red dress which Givenchy made for her is absolutely stunning, with a simple A-line structure that would be as fabulous today, as when she wore it in 1959.
Nothing says “Kennedy” quite like pearls and elbow length gloves. Here, Jackie Kennedy is wearing another Givenchy design which is absolutely flawless.
Vintage fashion is remarkable because it really does represent an era where timeless style started. Hubert Givenchy is a name quite recognizable in high fashion today, but as you can see, he was just as influential in that time period as well.
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