Maison Givenchy was founded in 1952 by the French designer Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy. And it is the man himself who conceived and curated the exhibition that bears his name. From the 22nd of October 2014 until the 18th of January 2015, the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid will host the retrospective, showcasing over eight hundred of his designs and half a century of the history and legend of haute couture.
It will feature many key moments, dating from the opening of Maison Givenchy up to his retirement in 1996.
Carefully chosen pieces will be shown alongside designs on loan from museums and private collections from all over the world. Many of them will be displayed for the first time.
“Givenchy was the first designer to present a luxury prêt-à-porter line in 1954; his clothes were worn by some of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Caroline of Monaco, as well as his muse and great friend, Audrey Hepburn”.
Embroidery, gauzes and muslins represent one of the identifying traits that reveals the influence on his work of the great painters of the past. In fact, it is not by chance the some of the clothes are accompanied by the works of painters such as Miró, Rothko, Ernst, Fontana and Van Doesburg.
The official Partner of the exhibition is Bonaveri with its 90 mannequins designed to exalt the timeless elegance of the clothes on show, and to show their perfect wearability.
Hubert de Givenchy
Sponsored by: Maison Givenchy
Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, 22 October – 18 January 2015 a project of: Hubert de Givenchy