Ensemble, House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952), wool, French


Design House:
House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952)
Hubert de Givenchy (French, Beauvais 1927–2018 Paris)
fall/winter 1963–64
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style," December 9, 1993–March 20, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

Palazio Fortuny - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel," March 10, 2012–June 26, 2012.