Time to get serious again….. continuing series on the history, legacy and benefits of past designers. Hopefully you’ll learn something, or at least appreciate today’s fashion. Because, folks, not surprisingly, nothing’s new!
Born in 1927 to an aristocratic French family Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was raised predominantly by his mother and maternal grandmother from whom he inherited his passion for fabrics. He headed to Paris at the age of 17 and enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Apprenticed to Jacques Fath in 1945, he then worked under the legendary Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Givenchy made an immediate impression – statuesque and handsome (he was 6′ 6″) and his designs epitomised glamour and femininity.
By the 1970 and 80s Givenchy appeared to be losing, not only his muse in Audrey (she died in the early 1990s) but the inspirational designs that preceded. She was spending more and more time on humanitarian work and he was severely criticised for his lack of creativity and originality in one collection as it was considered to be tediously ladylike.
Looking back over his designs and creations we can, yet again, see the inspiration for many of today’s trends and styles – but as we read and learn – nothing in this world is new!
|1969 – Feathers cocktail dress|
|1971 – cotton, plastic, glass and silk|
More detail, procrastination and vital information can be found at the following sites:
My thanks and credits go to coutureallure.com for images as well as the metmuseum and other images gleaned from Google
Next time, I think I’ll deviate from my roots somewhat and head across the pond, but not towards a ‘designer’ but a Hollywood costumier. Any guesses who?