From 15 June to 31 December 2017
Immerse yourself in the world of Parisian haute couture from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Throughout his life, he has dressed a loyal cosmopolitan clientele including celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, his muse and friend. The pieces on show demonstrate an acute sense of elegance and exquisite cultural refinement. Among other sources of inspiration, we recognise the influence of artists dear to the couturier such as Miró, de Staël, Delaunay and Rothko, but also the opulence of the eighteenth century with the use of deep colours, precious materials and sumptuous drapery.
From his 1952 "separates" to the vaporous wedding dresses in tulle and lace of his later years of design, 90 pieces pay tribute to one of the greatest couturiers of the twentieth century. They originate from prestigious private wardrobes, the Givenchy fashion house archives and the collections of European museums, including the large Givenchy holding of the Museum for Lace and Fashion.
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