The name of Hubert de Givenchy is associated with many well-known beauties of the middle of the last century. But he had no novels with Baroness Rothschild, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, the Duchess of Windsor. He just dressed them. And the main muse for ZHivanshi was Audrey Hepburn. After she became acquainted with the works of this designer, she began to dress only with him. In this case, the clothes from ZHivanshi was on the actress and in her films. Such a joint creativity brought the maestro “Oscar”.


Attraction ZHivanshi to design was so comprehensive that he was engaged in finishing the car “Lincoln”, as well as hotels “Hilton”. All that he did, enjoyed constant success. In his perfume line Zyvanshi created the famous fragrances of Organza and Amarige. But the main evidence of the popularity of the clothing brand is that at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy all members of his family wore exactly the costumes of this designer. Givanshi also noted that along with Dior dressed the famous doll Barbie.

Someone even compared Hubert de Givenchy to the Little Prince of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was said that the designer also lives in a world of illusions. But only he could not go there, and share a miracle with millions of his fans. With the Little Prince ZHivanshi is also related that the father of Hubert, like Exupery, was also a romantic pilot. And Lucien Tuffin de Givenchy died very young when his son was only two years old.

And Hubert de Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927 in the house number 24 on Saint-Louis Street in Beauvais, France. When my father died shortly, it was a tragedy for my mother. Realizing that the mother will not survive even the loss of her son, Huber forever abandoned the dream of heaven. But he learned to experience the feeling of flying on earth, simply enjoying the beauty of the world around. This talent is not available to everyone, but those who can dream, really happy.

Hubert had an adored grandmother, which is natural for any child. But all the elderly, she did not like to part with the old things – because they reminded her of the past years. Among the treasures of grandmother’s chests was a box with scraps left from sewn dresses. This is what became the most interesting toy for the boy. It was much more interesting to mess with shreds than with cubes, soldiers or designers.

Huber liked to lay out colored fabrics so that they made up a beautiful pattern. At the same time, the boy took into account both the texture, size, color of the pattern. In his five years, he senselessly recognized any fabric, especially when he fell in love with velvet. When Hubert was 10 years old, his mother took him to a Paris fair. Surprisingly, the most attractive place for him was the fashion pavilion. There were exhibited 30 works by the most famous designers of that time. The future couturier meticulously inspected all the works, apparently, deciding for himself what could be done better.

With the onset of the Second World War, the desire to engage in fashion with a teenager only grew stronger. After all, there were so many grieving women around who had lost the meaning of life, that they wanted to please them with something. But the chosen path was not particularly happy for the relatives of Hubert, because they saw him as a lawyer in the future. But after the liberation of Paris, the young Zivanshi immediately went to the capital of fashion, deciding to conquer it. But he was only 17 years old. His first work was a draftsman at the famous for those times designer Jacques Fat. And in 1945, Huber went to study at the School of Fine Arts.


Over the next six years, ZHivanshi changed several jobs, while he tried to cooperate with leading fashion designers of the country. The future couturier worked with Robert Piaget, and when Christian Dior left the place of assistant Lucien Lelong, he took his place. Then there was the position of the assistant Elsa Schiaparelli. She liked the beginning designer so much that she gave him the opportunity to order one of his boutiques. There ZHivanshi and met one woman who was able to take an important place in his life.

Once a young woman looked at the studio, which Huber immediately noticed.After she measured some dresses, she asked ZHivanshi to arrange her here to work. He promised to arrange it for him as soon as he opened his own House. And then, on February 2, 1952, it happened – the Fashion House of Givenchy appeared. The founder did not forget that story, making the girl his secretary. The history of relations with her became long and beautiful, full of love and affection. It was a rare case when the maestro opened the veil of his private life.

And to realize the old dream ZHivanshi helped relatives who lent him money. They eventually believed in the talent of the young man and in the faithfulness of his chosen path. 1953 was a turning point in the life of a young designer. After all, there were some events that affected his life and his work. The first collection of the recently opened House was published. Only 15 people came to see her, but they reacted enthusiastically.

It is likely that these were not ordinary viewers, given the links ZHivanshi in the fashion world. Then the designer met a man who became his friend and teacher. He still considers him to be a unique and unique fashion designer. The name of this man is Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1953 ZHivanshi got acquainted with his muse, which became an eternal source of inspiration – she became the actress Audrey Hepburn.

At the time of dating, the American has already starred in the “Roman holidays”. But the film has not yet come out on the screens, and the Hepburn star was preparing to ignite. Then she was still an angular and provincial modest girl. ZHivanshi not only saw in her the future, but also determined that Audrey has an innate taste and sense of style. Such a client for any fashion designer is a find that can glorify how a jeweler glorifies the cutting of the purest diamond.

Hepburn was drawn to classics and traditionalism, she liked textured fabrics and bright colors. In cooperation with ZHivanshi, a sack dress was created. This is a women’s dress-shirt with loose cut, embroidered with braid to the hem from the shoulders. The names of ZHivanshi and Hepburn were often mentioned in the press side by side, which only contributed to the glory of the designer.

In 1957 ZHivanshi created his first perfume. They were dedicated, of course, to Audrey Hepburn. In 1959, the first fragrance for men appeared. Over half a century under the brand “Givenchy” came out more than a hundred fragrances. And in 1973, the designer entered the world of men’s clothing. But everything changes. ZHivanshi himself with sadness realized that fashion began to lose the spirit of art, increasingly becoming a provocation and a shock. Only Yves Saint Laurent was the last stronghold of elegance.

In 1988, ZHivanshi sold his House to the financial group LVMH. But for the designer himself left the right of artistic management of his own brainchild for seven years. But although in the fashion world the style of the House is not an empty sound, the nomination of the new leader, proposed by ZHivanshi himself, was rejected. As a result, the leading designer was John Galliano. That’s just this unquestionably talented designer works yet in a different direction. But only a year later Galliano left ZHivanshi.

It was replaced by Alexander McQueen, who immediately stated that he had not seen a single film with Audrey Hepburn. And this person was entrusted to continue the business of Hubert Zivanshi? This choice of owners many called frankly idiotic. Designers succeeded each other – after Julien McDonald’s post took Oswald Boateng, and since 2008, the creative director of the male, female lines, as well as accessories became Italian Ricardo Tishi.


Hubert Zivanshi himself took his farewell show on July 11, 1995. Having gone to rest, the master never crossed the threshold of the fashion house he created. After all, what is created there, he does not like. The designer prefers a much more classical style. Now he is engaged in what he likes – creates costumes for the Bolshoi Theater, heads the Paris branch of Christie’s auction, works on the design of brands. Although the fashion designer is far beyond 80, he remains a handsome fit man.It is no coincidence that they speak of Hubert’s aristocratic background.

But even looking at his work, there is no longer any doubt about the nobility of the master. Looking at ZHivanshi you can see in it a duke or a count. And everything, for which he undertook throughout his life, personified elegance and impeccable taste. It is believed that there are things that can not be learned, peeped somewhere or adopted. It must be in the blood. So ZHivanshi was the only and unique aristocrat of fashion.

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