Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy was the youngest of all haute couture designers. He began designing in 1952 and was renown for his innovative design. Givenchy was well known for his use of bold colors and patterns, striking silhouettes and unique accessories. He was famous for imaginative patterns and fresh colors. Audrey Hepburn was one of his clients; he designed her wardrobe in “Sabrina” and her legendary dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Hubert de Givenchy was the youngest of all haute couture designers. He began designing in 1952 and was renown for his innovative design. Givenchy was well known for his use of bold colors and patterns, striking silhouettes and unique accessories. He was famous for imaginative patterns and fresh colors. Audrey Hepburn was one of his clients; he designed her wardrobe in “Sabrina” and her legendary dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

These are some of the pieces in the Valentine Richmond History Center collection, which are examples of his typical style.

This dress was made circa 1978, and was worn by
Mrs. Stanley Woodward, a prominent Washington socialite,
She often met with President Truman.

This signature Givenchy look displays the designer’s
use of pattern and color.  It was purchased in France
and worn by fashionable Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr.

This dress was made circa 1980, and was also worn by
Mrs. Stanley Woodward.

Jessica Kern and Bethany Gingrich
Collections & Interpretations Staff
Valentine Richmond History Center