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R.I.P. MONSIEUR GIVENCHY
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Yesterday, one of the fashion world’s giants slipped away to the other side. After Balenciaga, his mentor, Alaïa and Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy’s passing whispers yet another farewell to a fading, glamorous era of haute couture. In the autumn of 2014, I was fortunate to catch a retrospective on Hubert de Givenchy at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid. Givenchy had a special place in my heart because for my very small and intimate wedding about one year earlier, I had chosen to wear a simple Givenchy cocktail dress - in black. (I was a rebel bride.) This LBD is one of my prized possessions and, conveniently, I wear it all the time.
Famous for outfitting royals, be it of Hollywood, politics or actual royalty, Givenchy dressed many of the larger-than-life women of his time, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Duchess of Windsor, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
A poignant passage of the exhibit juxtaposed select designs by Givenchy alongside artists of the 20th century, some of whom were of great inspiration to the couturier. I thought this provided brilliant commentary on how the French designer crafted clothes that were both modern and timeless.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE. A Givenchy bridal gown was often a statement-making fantasy dress.
TIMELESS BEAUTY. A final look at a superb trio of evening dresses each reflecting a different decade, but all encompassing Givenchy's eternal style.
Rest in peace, Monsieur Givenchy.
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