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Venerated French designer Hubert de Givenchy (1927–2018) made a splash with his first collection of mix-and-match separates in 1952, which launched his namesake fashion house, the clean lines and refined silhouettes of the pieces offering a contrast to the more structured shapes then dominating postwar women’s fashion. His roster of clients would eventually include Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, all of whom were drawn to the designer’s architecturally and materially simple pieces that combined sensual femininity with elegance.

At the age of 17, Givenchy left his hometown of Beauvais, France, for Paris. There he studied drawing at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and apprenticed for the houses of Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli. Givenchy earned his first high praise for the 1952 Bettina blouse, an embroidered, ruffle-sleeve linen shirt named for his publicist and model Bettina Graziani. The Givenchy label soon developed a following of fashion icons around the world, most notably Audrey Hepburn, who would serve as Givenchy’s muse for decades after they met in 1953. The couturier created pieces for many of her films, such as the iconic little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), as well as her personal life, including her wedding dress for her 1969 marriage to Andrea Dotti.

Givenchy formed a close friendship with his idol and mentor, Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, with whom he’d popularize such pieces as the sack dress, choosing looser forms over tailored ones. Throughout the decades, Givenchy expanded his empire to include fragrances, menswear, accessories and beauty lines.

In 1988, his house was acquired by luxury conglomerate LVMH. After Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995, he became an antiques expert, working with Christie’s and the Louvre, among other institutions. The brand then saw an impressive succession of head designers and artistic directors: John Galliano was the first to arrive, followed by Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller and Matthew M. Williams. Today, the brand, with its timeless fashions, continues to be a favorite of A-listers, including Cate Blanchett, Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.

On 1stDibs, browse a collection of vintage Givenchy evening dresses, handbags, necklaces and other clothing and accessories today.

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Vintage Givenchy Necklace with Sun Motif Pendant, 1980s
By Givenchy
Located in Bochum, NRW
Vintage Givenchy necklace with sun motif pendant, France 1980s. Impressive Collier made of thick double chain with an amazing Sun motif pendant. In excellent preowned condition. Mak...
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1980s French Vintage Givenchy

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Metal

20th Century Givenchy Paris Porcelain Cobalt Enamel & 22k Gold Bowl
By Givenchy
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th century Givenchy Paris porcelain cobalt enamel & 22k gold bowl. Features a vivid cobalt base with a 22K gold rim. Can be used as a serving and or decorative bowl. Givenchy Paris...
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Late 20th Century French Givenchy

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Georges Geffroy 1905-1971, Une Legende Du Grand Décor Francais
By Pierre Arizzoli-Clementel, Givenchy
Located in London, GB
Published by Gourcuff Gradenigo A monograph on a pivotal fifties interior designer, considered one of the most talented and inspired designers of his generation, whose work generate...
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2010s French Givenchy

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Givenchy Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Givenchy Furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Givenchy furniture collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by David Whitehead Furniture, Jules Agard Furniture and François Bauchet Furniture. Prices for Givenchy Furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $825 on 1stDibs and tops at $825, while pieces like these can sell for $825 on average.
Questions About Givenchy
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Givenchy is most famous for his chic Parisian clothes, particularly for dressing Audrey Hepburn in her Breakfast at Tiffany's gown. His collections are thought to reinterpret sophistication and elegance.