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Hubert de Givenchy style gained wide appeal and wild success in the 50s and amongst Hollywood stars and celebrities like Grace Kelly, Gloria Guinness, Dolores Guinness, Babe Paley and many others were famous customers of Givenchy's.
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Aug. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- Hubert de Givenchy introduced the world to the “little black dress” and created Audrey’s wardrobe for most of her movies.Hubert de Givenchy known for his luxurious clothes for all women, his style was chic yet relaxed. His style gained wide appeal and wild success in the 50th and amongst Hollywood stars  and celebrities like Grace Kelly, Gloria Guinness, Dolores Guinness, Babe Paley, The Duchess of Windsor, Mona von Bismarck and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were other famous customers of Givenchy's.

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy he was born February 20, 1927 is a French fashion designer and aristocrat. After his father's death from influenza in 1930, the future fashion designer and his elder brother Jean-Claude de Givenchy they inherited the family's marquessate and became the presidents of Givenchy Parfums and founded the Givenchy house in 1952. In 1952, Givenchy opened his own design house at the Plaine Monceau in Paris. Later he named his first collection "Bettina Graziani" for Paris's top model at the time. His style was marked by innovativeness, contrary to the more conservative designs by Dior. At 25, he was the youngest designer of the progressive Paris fashion scene. His first collections were characterized by the use of rather more cheap fabrics for financial reasons, but they always piqued curiosity through their design. Givenchy, who started work with the likes of Pierre Balmain and Elsa Schiaparelli was just 24 years old in 1951, when he opened his own atelier.  Audrey Hepburn, the proponent of Givenchy's fashion, he met in 1953 during the shoot of Sabrina. For the Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany Givenchy was also credited for the dressing Audrey Hepburn and even off screen where they shared a long, close friendship. He went on to design almost all the wardrobe worn by her in her movies.

In 1954, Givenchy's prêt-à-porter collection debuted; later a men's line was also launched. The House of Givenchy split in 1981. Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy owns Parfum Givenchy today. Hubert de Givenchy retired from fashion design in 1995. His chosen successor to head the Givenchy label was Dominique Sirop, but Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH, thought Sirop was not well enough known and appointed John Galliano instead. After a brief stint by Galliano, a five year stay from Alexander McQueen and a term from 2001 to 2004 by Julian MacDonald, Givenchy women's ready to wear and haute couture has been headed by Riccardo Tisci since 2005. Givenchy's nephew, James de Givenchy, is an American jewellery designer. Hubert de Givenchy was in the business for 53 years has epitomized quality, elegance, and lady-like chic.

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