The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy. Modern yet lady-like designs set a new tone in couture, one that is still a much observed and revered example today.
Hubert de Givenchy gained enviable experience with some of the great couturiers. He was working under Jacques Fath by the time he was 18 years of age. He then took turns with Justin Piquet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiapperelli before opening his own house. Givenchy pre-empted a more relaxed attitude to luxury that was to become apparent in fashion by the end of the century. Givenchy's 'separates' spearheaded this new sensibility. Two piece ensembles crafted from raw cotton, traditionally reserved for fittings were crafted into billowing skirts and blouses. Two years after opening its doors, Givenchy became the first of the major design houses to create a ready to wear line.