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Hubert de Givenchy

Start Date 15 June 2016
End Date 30 December 2016
Venue The Museum for Lace and Fashion/ Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais

Hubert de Givenchy exhibition was organised under his own artistic direction and offers a glimpse into a corner of the designer’s secret garden. 

From the legendary “Bettina blouse” dating back to his early career in 1952 up to the sumptuous evening dresses of the 1990s, the works span half a century of fashion history, a pivotal period of the twentieth century when the uses of dress and codes of beauty were mirroring upheavals in Western societies. The pieces on show are drawn from prestigious private collections, the Givenchy fashion house archives and the collections of European museums, including the large Givenchy holding of the Museum for Lace and Fashion. 

Hubert de Givenchy has dressed an elegant and loyal cosmopolitan clientele: on display here are dresses worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor and other affluent clients. But most formative was the meeting between Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn and which led to the construction of her unique style, both on- and off-screen. Several display cases are devoted to their collaboration, with dresses worn by the actress in two of her greatest film roles.