GIVENCHY Designer Information

The House of Givenchy opened in Paris in 1952. Founder, Hubert de Givenchy, had worked for a number of couture fashion houses during the 1940s, building the foundation to become an influential designer throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Givenchy designed for many celebrities, his most noted affiliation was that he held with Audrey Hepburn; he designed her costumes for many of her films including Funny Face in 1957 and Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961.

In the early 1970s Givenchy began producing shoes and jewellery, among other things. Throughout the 1970s and 80s Givenchy was known for their modern, sleek and streamlined designs. In 1976, Givenchy Inc would locate offices and showrooms on Fifth Avenue, New York.

Hubert de Givenchy sold his business to Louis Vuitton Mot Hennessey in 1988, though he continued to design, holding his final fashion show in 1995. Givenchy's head designers since 1988 have included John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci.

In July 2000 the business was taken over by the Jones Apparel Group.

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Examples of Givenchy Signatures

Examples of Signatures from the 1970s. The top left photo shows the popular "GG clasp; Givenchy also used a standard jump ring with the signature on a hangtag.

Examples of Signatures from 1980s-1990s. Bottom right is an example of the clasp that was used for a collection that was Etruscan inspired. There was also a similar clasp link to this that was more defined for their classic styles.


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