Hubert de Givenchy (French, Beauvais 1927–2018 Paris)
Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1979
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.