A selection of Clare Waight Keller’s and Riccardo Tisci’s creations for the Givenchy house.

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A “distinguished ambassador of a lost refinement”

“He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality”, these the words of Audrey Hepburn while she was talking about the French couturier Hubert de Givenchy.

Passed away on Saturday 10th of March 2018, one of the greatest masters of haute couture Hubert de Givenchy left a huge cultural heritage in the wide world of fashion. A synonym of Parisian chic for more than 50 years, his name is perennially associated to a refined elegance, a classy simplicity and preciousness. His creation worn divas as Jacqueline Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman and, of course, his muse Audrey Hepburn.

Since 1952, the Maison Givenchy worked within a design philosophy of simplicity: his creative process was dictated by the will to keep everything simple, reaching a refined elegance that was never ordinary.

The house has had several creative directors since Hubert de Givenchy retired from the fashion runways in 1995: from John Galliano to Alexander McQueen to Riccardo Tisci, now it’s Clare Waight Keller‘s turn, who wants to get back to the signature simple refinement and make it the inspirational starting point for her creations.

After the enduring creative direction of Riccardo Tisci, who brought dynamism and romance, yet also a gothic and a sense of transgression to the house, Clare Waight Keller is more in sync with the founder’s heritage. Her total attention in designing process and meticulous care in cutting detailing to conceive silhouettes in subtle ways make a revival of Hubert de Givenchy approach. The “distinguished ambassador of a lost refinement” The Independent was talking about left a fashion heritage that still bears its fruits for the future.

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