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Design House:
House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952)
Designer:
Hubert de Givenchy (French, born Beauvais, 1927)
Date:
fall/winter 1963–64
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 21 in. (53.3 cm) Length at CB (b): 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.435.10a, 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 nonchalant fashion paladins as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn. Learning from his mentor, Balenciaga, Givenchy offered a seemingly unstructured two-piece dress - which he dubbed "split level" - indebted to the Balenciaga sack. 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. These ensembles (Alternate: 1979.435.9a, b) by Givenchy were the "working uniforms" of Diana Vreeland, then editor of Vogue magazine in New York.
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