The first major retrospective of designs by French couturier Hubert de Givenchy has opened in Madrid.
The iconic designer became famous for dressing some of the most glamorous women of the 1950s and 1960s, and counted among his clients Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and Audrey Hepburn, who was also a close friend.
His simple lines and understated elegance helped define an era, and he helped break the fashion rules in post-war Europe with his innovative creations.
“He was a maverick. When he created the Bettina blouse in 1952, he broke all the rules of haute couture. Also in the way he treated materials – he made embroidery with plastic and leather. And he was the first to use black models in his shows,” says the exhibition’s curator, Eloy Martinez de la Pera.
Spanning a more than forty-year long career and co-curated by the 87-year-old designer himself, the exhibition features about 100 of his finest pieces selected from museums and private collections around the world, alongside a selection of art works that inspired him.
The Hubert de Givenchy retrospective at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid runs until January 18.