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Ensemble

Design House:
House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952)
Designer:
Hubert de Givenchy (French, born Beauvais, 1927)
Date:
ca. 1967
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.435.9a, b
Not on view
The relaxed attitudes of the 1960s could be achieved in couture day wear. Hubert de Givenchy excelled in a style associated with such non-chalant style paladins as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn. Learning from his mentor, Balenciaga, Givenchy offered a seemingly unstructured two-piece dress indebted to the Balenciaga sack, and dubbed his "split level." For necessary articulation of details, he employed "souplesse" instead of a tailor's dart, allowing a supplementary soft fold of material to give shape to these unassuming and chic tops.
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