Givenchy, Hubert de

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Name
Givenchy, Hubert de Gender: M
Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy
born on 20 February 1927 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Beauvais, France, 48n32, 2e03
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 00°50' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 12°21 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 23°41'



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Hubert de Givenchy

Biography

French fashion designer and entrepreneur, one of the greatest names in haute couture. He was awarded the Oscar for costume design for the movie, "Sabrina."

His father was the Marquis Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, a military pilot who died in a plane crash in 1929. Hubert and his older brother Jean-Claude (b. 1925) were raised in the town of Beauvais, 40 miles north of Paris. His mother, Beatrice, was the daughter of the director of the famous Beauvais tapestry works. When Hubert was a young boy, he would accompany his mother on her shopping trips to Paris. He avidly read her fashion magazines. An excellent student, Givenchy sketched during his class lessons. His grandfather treated him to the excitement of exploring the trunks of rare, exquisite fabrics. He decided to enter into the vocation of textiles and fashion.

In 1944, at the age of 17, he set out to Paris to find his first paying position. He landed the job as sketch artist with the couturier, Jacques Fath. Five years later, he was designing for Elsa Schiaparelli. Under the mentoring eye of Schiaparelli, Givenchy decided to break out on his own and open his own fashion house.

His first collection premiered to an enthusiastic audience in February 1952. At the age of 25, Givenchy captured an elegance and beauty in his clothes giving him a phenomenal debut. The affluent French women were dazzled by the simple polish and exquisite taste of his designs. His reputation grew to international circles and soon clients such as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Princess Grace, the Duchess of Windsor and Jacqueline Kennedy visited the House of Givenchy at Avenue George V. In 1954, a young actress named Audrey Hepburn asked Givenchy to design her wardrobe for the film, "Sabrina." He was delighted to clothe the actress and at 27 he won the Oscar for costume design in Hollywood. They formed an enduring close relationship and he continued to design for her in her film roles, "Funny Face", "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Charade" and in her life away from the camera. Givenchy was a master in showcasing the beauty of his individual clients and hiding their figure flaws. His accessories and salons garnered his financial success.

A dashing and handsome 6'6" aristocrat with vivid blue eyes and silver hair Givenchy always treated people with courtesy and respect. He was called simply "Monsieur" when he worked and wore a simple white smock in front of his clients. A quiet man, he always enjoyed the sports of tennis and horseback riding. Givenchy does needlework to relax from the tension of the day. He enjoys shopping for antiques to display in his mansion on the Paris Left Bank or his 17th-century chateau in Romilly-sur-Aigre in the Loire Valley. He lives with his four Labradors and Bichon Frise.

On 11/4/1988, the House of Givenchy was sold for 46 million to the luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy. July 1995 was the final couture show of Givenchy as he strode out on the fashion runway to say farewell to his friends. The designer of the house that bears his name is Britain's John Galliano who designs for actress Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Hurley. Upon his retirement, Givenchy remains busy designing the vegetable garden of Louis XVI at Versailles, and organizing an exhibition for the late fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga at the Paris Galliera. Proud of his design legacy Givenchy was happy in the choice he made to retire. He despairs of the "ugly" fashion designs on the runway today and marvels at the disappearance of discretion and elegance in clothes.

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Relationships

Events

  • Death of Father 1929 (Dad died in plane crash)
  • Family : Change residence 1944 (Moved to Paris to continue career)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released February 1952 (First design show released)
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  • Work : Prize 1955 (Oscar for Best Costume Design, "Sebrina")
  • Financial : Gain significant money 2 November 1988 (Sold House of Givenchy)
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  • Work : Retired July 1995 (Retired from the fashion design field)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Body : Size (Height of 6' 6")
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of two boys)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Four Labradors)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Tennis and horseback riding)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (Courturier)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection

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