5 Facts About Hubert de Givenchy That You Probably Didn’t Know

What if your favorite fashion designer teamed up with a car manufacturer? You could roll in style like the celebrities in your luxury vehicle that is the height of sophistication and style. Hubert de Givenchy made that happen in the 70s and 80s.

The name Givenchy is synonymous with some of the finest fashion designs in history. But the name is so much more than the fashion house.

Keep reading to learn five little known facts about the famous designer behind the label.

1. He Has an Aristocratic Heritage

That air of sophistication and elegance that he had was for a good reason. He came from an aristocratic family. In 1713, one of his ancestors was ennobled and became the Marquis of Givenchy.

His family roots are traced back to Venice, Italy, though he was French.

2. The Hepburn Mix-Up

At one point in his career, he thought he earned the opportunity to design for the famed Katherine Hepburn. As it turns out, it was a case of the mistaken Hepburns because it was actually Audrey that he was designing for.

The mistake turned out to be a happy one as the designer and actress immediately hit it off. They then went on to create fashion magic and some of the most iconic looks in Hollywood.

3. There’s a Car Named After Him

From 1876 through 1983, Givenchy and the Ford Motor Company collaborated to create the Givenchy Edition of the Continental Mark. These luxury vehicles had one of a kind interiors and paint colors.

There were subtle Givenchy touches throughout the car. There is a small “G” at the end of the pinstriping and an embroidered “G” on the seats.

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

That famous little black dress that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of his designs. It could be said that we have Givenchy to thank for the LBD or little black dress mantra. He also is the designer responsible for the balloon coat and baby doll dress.

This is a lot of accomplishment for a designer that never intended to work in fashion. He had planned to become a lawyer. It wasn’t until he realized that law didn’t satisfy his desire for design that he switched careers.

5. The Legacy of Givenchy

While Givenchy himself retired from designing in 1995, the Fashion label Givenchy continued on in skillful hands. Famous names such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Julien Macdonald have all held the honored position of lead designer.

Hubert de Givenchy, the Fashion Legend

The fashion powerhouse that is Givenchy is still one of the most influential designer labels in fashion today. It’s all thanks to one man’s vision of designing beautiful clothes for women to live in.

Hubert de Givenchy was ahead of his time in designing sophisticated pieces that women could wear and not the other way around. So wear your own piece by Givenchy and channel your inner Hepburn.

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