© Gemeentemuseum, La Haye
When he retired in 1995, Hubert de Givenchy left the House an incredibly rich heritage. His impeccably preserved creations are currently featured in an exhibition entitled “Hubert de Givenchy: To Audrey With Love” in The Hague, Netherlands. The exhibition pays homage to his close friend and muse, the British actress Audrey Hepburn.
After 43 years of designing exquisite haute couture, womenswear and menswear clothes, Hubert de Givenchy retired in 1995, leaving an exceptional heritage. In March 2016, Givenchy set up a special conservation department to preserve and showcase this exceptional heritage. This initiative has enabled impeccable preservation in the Givenchy heritage archives of numerous clothes and accessories designed between 1952 and 1995. They include emblematic pieces that belonged to faithful friends of Monsieur de Givenchy such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor.
The exhibition “Hubert de Givenchy: To Audrey With Love” currently on show at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague pays homage to the designer and his unique friendship with Audrey Hepburn. Maison Givenchy has loaned nearly 50 haute couture creations along with a hundred accessories. Hubert de Givenchy’s creations are also featured in excerpts from renowned movies in which Audrey Hepburn wore them, including Sabrina, How to Steal a Million and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The exhibition runs until March 26th in The Hague before being adapted for venues in Switzerland and Calais:
– “Audrey Hepburn & Hubert de Givenchy, an Elegant Friendship” at the Fondation Bolle in Morges, Switzerland from May 19 – September 17, 2017.
– “Hubert de Givenchy” at the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais, France, from June 15 – December 31, 2017.