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Hubert de Givenchy

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Givenchy is a French brand of clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics with les Parfums Givenchy.

It was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy, who retired in 1995. John Galliano succeeded him as designer, but he was later replaced by Alexander McQueen. In 2001, designer Julien McDonald was appointed Artistic Director for the women's lines, while in 2003 Ozwald Boateng was appointed the designer for the men's range. Clothing lines include haute couture as well as ready-to-wear men's and women's fashions.

The reins for both haute couture and women's ready-to-wear were ultimately passed on to Riccardo Tisci in 2005 when he was named chief designer of womenswear. Tisci's apparent fascination with gothic touches (dark, languid dresses on sickly-looking models for fall couture) and space-age minimalism (one ready-to-wear show featured white-clad models drifting aimlessly around a sterile-white sphere) have drawn new attention to the brand. Reviews and output so far have been mixed and inconsistent, but many, including influential fashion critics (such as Cathy Horyn of the New York Times and Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune) have homed in on Tisci's conceptual leanings, as well as his future potential for revitalizing the Givenchy brand and infusing it with his precision and imagination.

Givenchy is a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter. Like Dior, the company is owned by European luxury goods giant LVMH. In 1993, Givenchy achieved a total sales worth of $176 million, making it the second largest apparel division of LVMH after Dior.

Givenchy can be bought at fashionable department stores including Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chestnut Hill, Costa Mesa, Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston.

The Look

For 43 years, Hubert de Givenchy has been the perfect gentleman of couture. He has dressed a clientele from young debutante to dowager in styles elegant, pure, sculptural, refreshing, lady-like and addictive. His clients are women for whom elegance is everything. Givenchy is the last bastion of quality. Clean and minimalist sportswear with unusual detailing, jersey dresses with adaptable necklines, zippered jackets, lean pants, and for evening liquid gowns and light cashmere coats.

Who Wears It

Lauren Bacall, Babe Paley, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlne Dietrich, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco, Kate Moss, Joely Richardson, Madonna, Penelope Cruz, Sharon Stone


1957 L'Interdit
1957 Le de Givenchy
1959 Eau de Vetiver (M)
1960 Le De
1969 Monsieur de Givenchy
1970 Givenchy III
1972 Gentleman
1980 Eau de Givenchy
1984 Ysatis
1986 Xeryus
1990 Fleur d'Interdit
1993 Insense(W)
1993 Insense(M)
1993 Greenergy (M)
1994 Insense Ultramarine (W)
1994 Amarige
1994 Fleur de Interdit (W)
1995 Gransenbon (W)
1995 Gransenbon (M)
1995 Organza
1995 Insense Ultramarine (M)
1995 Xeryus Rouge
1997 Extravagance
1998 Indecence
1998 Ptisenbon(children)
1998 Extravagance d'Amarige (W)
1999 Pi (for men)
1999 Organza Indecence (W)
2000 Oblique Rewind/Play/Fast Forward
2000 Hot couture(W)
2000 Hot Couture Collection No.1 (W)
2001 Pi Fraiche (M)
2001 Hot Couture White Collection (W)
2001 Greenergy (M)
2002 Givenchy pour Homme (M)
2002 Eau Torride(W)
2002 Into the Blue(W)
2002 Hot Couture White Collection (W)
2003 Insense Ultramarine Ice Cube (M)
2003 Insense Ultramarine Midnight Swim (M)
2003 Insense UIltramarine Morning Surf (M)
2003 Insense Ultramarine Spirit 2 (M)
2003 Tartine et Chocolat Ptisenbon ma Belle (W)
2003 Amarige d'Amour(W)
2003 Only Givenchy(W)
2003 Eau d'Amour(W)
2003 Very Irresistible(W)
2003 L'Interdit (W)(reissue)
2003 My Couture (W)
2004 Insense Ultramarine Hawai (M)
2004 So Givenchy (W)
2004 Organza First Light (W)
2004 Givenchy pour Homme Blue Label (M)
2004 Pi Metallic Collector (M)
2004 Ysatis Iris (W)
2005 Lucky Charms (W)
2005 Very Irrèsistible Eau d'Ete Summer Fragrance (W)
2005 Very Irresistable(M)
2005 Amarige Mimosa de Grasse Millesime (W)
2005 Insense Ultramarine Sport (M)
2005 My Givenchy (W)
2005 Very Irrèsistible Sensual (W)
2006 Ange ou Demon (W)
2006 Absolutely Givenchy (W)
2006 Amarige Mariage (W)
2006 Insense Ultramarine Beach Boy (M)
2006 Insense Ultramarine Beach Girl (W)
2006 Jardin d’Interdit (W)
2006 Lovely Prism (W)
2006 Organza Fleur d'Oranger de Nabeul 2006 (W)
2006 Organz Indian Jasmin (W)
2006 Pi Leather Jacket (M)
2006 Pi Original Code (M)
2006 Very Irrèsistible Summer for Men 2006
2006 Very Irrésistible Rose Centifolia de Châteauneuf de Grasse2006 (W)
2006 Very Irresistible Bulgarian Rose (W)
2007 Amarige Ylang-Ylang de Mayotte 2006 (W)
2007 Ange ou Demon Tendre (W)
2007 Givenchy Harvest 2007 Amarige Mimosa (W)
2007 Givenchy Harvest 2007 Organza Jasmine (W)
2007 Givenchy Harvest 2007 Very Irresistible Damascena Rose (W)
2007 Insense Ultramarine Blue Sky (M)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Organza Indecence (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques – Xeryus (M)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques – Vetiver (M)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Eau de Givenchy (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Extravagance d'Amarige (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques – Insence (M)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Givenchy III (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - L'Interdit (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Le De Givenchy (W)
2007 Les Parfums Mythiques - Monsieur de Givenchy (M)
2007 Very Irrèsistible Sensual Velvet (W)
2007 Very Irrèsistible Soleil d'Etè (W)
2007 Very Irrésistible Fresh Attitude (M)
2008 Givenchy Lights (W)
2008 Givenchy Play (M)
2008 Givenchy Play Intense (M)
2008 Insense Ultramarine Wild Surf (M)
2008 Jardin d`Interdit Dancing with Butterflies (W)
2008 My Givenchy Dream (W)
2008 Pi Neo(M)
2008 Very Irrèsistible Givenchy Summer Coctail - Fresh Attitude for Men
2008 Very Irrèsistible Givenchy Summer Coctail for Women 2008

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