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WHEN WAS GIVENCHY FOUNDED?

1952

WHERE IS GIVENCHY BASED?

The Givenchy headquarters are located at 3 Avenue George V, Paris, France.

WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF GIVENCHY?

Hubert de Givenchy

WHO IS THE CEO OF GIVENCHY?

Renaud de Lesquen

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WHAT IS GIVENCHY?

Givenchy – the ultimate symbol of Parisian chic and Haute Couture – has proven itself a label to be reckoned with, from its inception through to the rise to the top of the fashion industry.

The French fashion house has been making waves since its humble beginnings and has been seen on everyone from ubiquitous Givenchy muse Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Kim Kardashian and sports superstar LeBron James.

WHO OWNS GIVENCHY?

Givenchy is owned by French luxury conglomerate LVMH.

IS GIVENCHY A LUXURY BRAND?

Yes, Givenchy is a luxury brand founded in France by Hubert de Givenchy, a French fashion designer known for making clothing for the famous movie star and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. The brand is known for its high-end and high-quality clothing designs and perfumes.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE GIVENCHY?

Givenchy is pronounced as “Zhee-vahn-zhee,” you can find the correct way to pronounce Givenchy here.

WHO IS THE DESIGNER OF GIVENCHY?

Matthew M. Williams is Givenchy’s current creative director, overseeing menswear, womenswear, and accessories.

WHY DID CLARE WAIGHT KELLER LEAVE GIVENCHY?

In 2020, Clare Waight Keller, the designer who created Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, left Givenchy. Keller, who was the creative director of Givenchy for three years, hasn’t explained exactly why she left; however, the move did coincide with the end of her contract.

1952

La Maison Givenchy launches with a debut Separates collection. The Bettina Blouse – named after Bettina Graziani immediately makes waves.

1953

Givenchy receives a visit from actress Audrey Hepburn fresh off the set of Roman Holiday, sent to choose clothes for her upcoming movie Sabrina. For years to come the pair maintain a friendship and Hepburn is more often than not spotted in the latest Givenchy designs.

1954

Hubert de Givenchy presents the first shirt dress. Givenchy becomes the first high fashion designer to create a luxury ready-to-wear collection “Givenchy Université.”

1957

Givenchy launches his first perfume, L’interdit, to huge success. It hits the headlines as the first time an actress was the face of a perfume with Audrey Hepburn.

1961

Givenchy designs First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s gown for her first couples visit to France.

Givenchy’s LBD and hat is worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

1969

Givenchy launches his first men’s collection Gentleman Givenchy.

1970

Givenchy develops licenses to protect his collections on the advice of friend and fellow designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Givenchy begins to create jewelry, homeware and more, and is chosen to design the interior of multiple worldwide Hilton hotels.

1976

A Givenchy showroom arrives on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

1988

Givenchy sells the brand to luxury fashion house LVMH but remains as head designer until his retirement.

1995

Hubert de Givenchy retires and John Galliano is announced as his replacement.

1996

Givenchy names Alexander McQueen artistic director.

2001

Givenchy appoints Julien Macdonald artistic director for the women’s lines.

2005

Givenchy names Riccardo Tisci artistic director.

2010

Givenchy features a transgender model in their ad campaign. Lea T, a Brazilian model, became the face of the brand’s fall collection.

2011

Riccardo Tisci art directs and creates a visual identity for Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne. The duo are spotted donning Tisci designed Givenchy T-shirts on their subsequent tour.

Givenchy debuts its now iconic Rottweiler print.

2014

Givenchy designs the wedding outfits of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

2015

Givenchy open flagship stores in New York and Milan.

Givenchy release 820 tickets to its New York Fashion Week show to the general public.

2017

Givenchy appoints Clare Waight Keller as artistic director. She is the first woman to hold the position.

2018

Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91.

Megan Markle wears a Givenchy gown from Clare Waight Keller at her wedding to Prince Harry.

2019

Ariana Grande is named the new face of Givenchy.

2020

Matthew Williams is appointed creative director of the house’s men’s and women’s collections.

2022

The Givenchy Spring/Summer 2022 collection marks Matthew Williams’ first live runway show since starting as Givenchy’s creative director.

SS22 featured new footwear designs, including sole-less knit sneakers.

Walt Disney Company teams up with Givenchy on a capsule collection to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Singer-songwriter Ethel Cain becomes the new face of the Givenchy FW22 campaign.

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