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Givenchy curates his artwork at the Calais’ Lace and Fashion Museum

Hubert de Givenchy’s designs were at the very least described as exquisite. He shaped a whole new style of fashion that was unique, individual and timeless. Known as a great sculptor, he knew exactly how to flatter a woman’s silhouette.

Applauded by, also close friends with, some of the world’s most influential stars and public figures such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor, Hubert de Givenchy emerges from the shadows to direct his exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais from June 15th to December 31st, 2017. The museum will unveil 80 of his original garments and take visitors on a thematic pathway through his life and work.


Expressing his aristocratic background in his work, Hubert de Givenchy’s couture style is distinctively elegant, graceful and sculptural. Monsieur de Givenchy was a great admirer of Cristobal Balenciaga who taught him about simplicity and minimalism. Givenchy truly had a gift, as he later equaled the fame and acceptance of his mentor by merging originality, quality and beauty in his iconic 60’s evening gowns, dresses and blouses.

Hubert de Givenchy clearly knew how to enhance individuality. At his exhibition, one will see a delicately embroidered satin silk dress with pearl embellishments worn by American first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during her visit in Paris, 1961. The dress has a cape that adds supreme elegance and royalty to the ensemble. One will also see the legendary Bettina Blouse with its iconic puff sleeves and black broderie anglaise. This blouse is in every sense gorgeous due to its empress collar tease and emphasizes a woman’s beautiful chest and neck while the sleeves flutter and bounce about, showing the woman’s flirty sense of style.


Couturier de Givenchy prided his quality over fleeting novelty: whether he was working with lace or satin, he knew exactly how to make each piece timeless. He was a gentleman, and he created flawless lady-like dresses that catered to every feminine aspect of the body and desires of the mind. His influence in French couture was and still is monumental and he is coming back into the couture spotlight for an exhibition that will be most newsworthy.

More details can be found at the officiel site.

Crédit photo F. Collier, ville de Calais

Museum Givenchy Expo