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The 1st Givenchy store opened in 1952, the brainchild of owner Hubert de Givenchy. To trace the origins with this event though however, it is necessary we take a step back quite a while in time. Givenchy was created in 1927 in France. With the age 10, having shown a flair for fashion from an early age, he attended the earth’s Fair in Paris. Leaving the Pavilion of Elegance and filled with awe with the great thing about the gowns and styles of the prominent Fashion brands his decision to turn into a designer was cemented.
Following the Allies liberation of France right at the end of The second world war, Givenchy relocated to Paris. Certainly one of his first mentors was Jacques Fath, who in addition to Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain was considered as one of the major influences on the postwar fashion industry.
His training continued underneath the expert guidance of Robert Piquet and Lucien Lelong. While in 1947, Elsa Schiaparelli appointed him to control her boutiques on Place Vendome, his entrance in to the realm of current fashions was secured.
Indeed, Five years later in 1952, Givenchy opened his or her own Maison de Couture at No8, rue Alfred de Vigny, about the Monceau Plain and won instant acclaim with the release of his primary collection.
Meeting the famous Audrey Hepburn in 1953 was obviously a fateful event for Givenchy. Hepburn became both an ambassador to the Givenchy brand, plus a life time friend.
Givenchy’s associations with masters of the marketplace continued. The influence of his friendship with Cristobal Balenciaga, for example, is reflected in many with the Givenchy collections.
In 1954, Givenchy became the first designer to give an accumulation luxury women’s ready to wear clothing. Among his many contributions towards the fashion world were the "Bag Dress", the "Enveloped Dress" and the funnelled collar coat. His work was both audacious and trendy. Some of his most original designs were of printed textiles, inspired by Miro, Matisse and Christian Berard.
Givenchy continued to diversify and in 1973 released the "Gentleman Givenchy" menswear line. Later Givenchy joined the French luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, along with other prestigious names like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix and Celine.
Following his retirement in 1995, Givenchy was succeeded by several acclaimed young designers namely: John Galliano (January 1996), Alexander McQueen (October 1996), Julien MacDonald (March 2001)and Riccardo Tisci (March 2005).
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