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    First-Ever Givenchy Retrospective Opens in Madrid

    • Oct 23, 2014

    • By:Nicole Fonzino


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    The first-ever retrospective on French designer Hubert de Givenchy opened on October 22, at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. Spanning around 50 years of Givenchy’s career, the exhibition will showcase around a hundred pieces of hand selected favorites from the 87-year-old designer himself, as well as some never-before-seen pieces.

    Givenchy, who opened his fashion-house in the early 1950s, is known for his haute couture designs. Throughout his designing years, Givenchy worked with an extensive list of celebrity fashion icons such as Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. In 1988, the company joined French design conglomerate LVMH and made around $176 million by 1993. After Givenchy dominated the runways for nearly 40 years, he retired in 1995 after the debut of his final collection. Givenchy was replaced by designer John Galliano, who ultimately left the company to design for Dior after a couple of years.

    Image Credit: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian

    Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian

    While assembling his own retrospective, Givenchy wanted to highlight his haute couture designs because he believes that the style died with designer Yves Saint Laurent and will soon cease to exist.

    Well-known pieces of the ‘Hubert de Givenchy Retrospective’ include Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black satin dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as the black lace cocktail dress she wore in How to Steal a Million.

    The exhibition will run until January 18, 2015.

    For more information about the exhibit, please click here.



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