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Hubert de Givenchy was born February 21, 1927 in Beauvais, France.
    He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
    In 1945 he worked for the fashion designer Jacques Fath.
    He also worked for Robert Piquet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli before opening the House of Givenchy in 1952.
    Givenchy banned the press from his shows in 1956, stating " A fashion house is a laboratory which must conserve its mystery".
    Givenchy designed gowns for Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Duchess of Windsor.
    He is most well known for designing clothing for Audrey Hepburn.
    Yet, initially he was disappointed when Audrey Hepburn showed up at his design house when he was instead expecting Katharine Hepburn.

The black dress that Audrey wore when she portrayed the character Holly Golightly in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for about $920,909- at auction in December.
    Besides designing the clothing for Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's he also created the clothes for Funny Face and Charade. He continued to design clothing for her throughout the rest of her life.
    Givenchy sold his business to Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton in 1988.
    He retired in 1995.
    Since Hubert de Givenchy's retirement John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Ozwald Boateng and currently Riccardo Tischi have headed the design at Givenchy.

Black silk organza dress ensemble.
This dress is covered in white petals and features a white silk rose on the right hip.
The ensemble includes a black silk organza cape with a black silk rose near the right shoulder.
Measurements are 31" Chest, 26" Waist and 34" Hips
You can "Buy It Now" for $695- over at Siren Vintage on eBay.

1958 black silk dress with red floral pattern.
This dress features a bow at the top of the chest and a full pouf skirt.
Measurements are up to 34" Chest and 28" Waist
For purchasing information please refer to MarilynGlass.com

Early 1970's black silk organza dress decorated with black petals.
This dress features flamenco style sleeves with roses at the top of the shoulders.
Measurements are 38" Chest, 32" Waist and 41" Hips
You can "Buy It Now" for $2,050- over at HeavenofGowns com on eBay

This post was originally published on April 8, 2007.