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The first Givenchy store opened in 1952, the brainchild of owner Hubert de Givenchy. To follow the origins on this event though however, it is vital that people step back a few years with time. Givenchy was given birth to in 1927 in France. On the age 10, having shown a flair for fashion from an earlier age, he attended the World’s Fair in Paris. Leaving the Pavilion of Elegance and full of awe through the attractiveness of the gowns and styles of the prominent Fashion brands his decision to turn into a clothier was cemented.
Pursuing the Allies liberation of France in the end of World War II, Givenchy relocated to Paris. Among his first mentors was Jacques Fath, who together with Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain was considered as one of the main influences on the postwar fashion industry.
His training continued beneath the expert guidance of Robert Piquet and Lucien Lelong. Much more 1947, Elsa Schiaparelli appointed him to control her boutiques on Place Vendome, his entrance in to the arena of current fashions was secured.
Indeed, 5 years later in 1952, Givenchy opened his very own Maison de Couture at No8, rue Alfred de Vigny, for the Monceau Plain and won instant acclaim together with the relieve his initial collection.
Meeting the famous Audrey Hepburn in 1953 was obviously a fateful event for Givenchy. Hepburn became both an ambassador for the Givenchy brand, plus a life long friend.
Givenchy’s associations with masters of the industry continued. The influence of his friendship with Cristobal Balenciaga, for instance, is reflected in lots of in the Givenchy collections.
In 1954, Givenchy took over as first designer presenting a collection of luxury women’s prepared to wear clothing. Among his many contributions towards the world of fashion were the "Bag Dress", the "Enveloped Dress" as well as the funnelled collar coat. His work was both audacious and stylish. 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 in france they luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Lv, and also other prestigious names like Dior, Lv, Christian Lacroix and Celine.
Following his retirement in 1995, Givenchy was succeeded by a few 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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