By: Sophia Newman | Illustrations: Yael Berezdivin
Givenchy, the iconic fashion house as we know it today was created in Paris, France in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy. The first collection it ever debuted showcased the at the time “novel” concept of separates. Allowing women to mix and match pieces from the collection embedded a sense of liberation and creative innovation that would follow the brand for years to come. Givenchy was the first high fashion designer to create luxurious ready-to-wear clothing, it was called “Givenchy Université”.
During this time Givenchy released the first-ever shirt dress, which later evolved into the sack dress in 1957. Givenchy made a name for itself in its early years by working with celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn who popularized Givenchy’s “little black dress” in the cult classic movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s. She then became the fashion house’s muse for 40 years. In 1988 Givenchy was acquired by LVMH. A couple of years later Hubert de Givenchy left the company.
Over the years the brand has had many different artistic directors such as Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller, and its present director Matthew M. Williams. Even with different creative oversight over the years, the brand has established itself with continuous themes of sleek, ominous, romantic tailored to perfection pieces that honor its Parisian roots at the heart.