HUBERT DE GIVENCHY LOOKS BACK: Defining moments from across Hubert de Givenchy’s career — from dressing Audrey Hepburn to iconic designs like the Bettina blouse, named after Bettina Graziani who modeled the ruffled sleeved creation in his debut haute couture collection in 1952 — will be showcased in an exhibition headed to the Museum of Lace and Fashion, under the creative direction of de Givenchy himself. The museum is located in Calais, a town in northern France famous for its Leavers lace. The show, which carries the designer’s name as its title, is slated to run June 15 through Dec. 31.
Seventy outfits will go on display, including dresses worn by Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor, presented in sober, white, gray and black display cases backed by mirrors. Inspirations and insights into his creative universe will also be featured, such as his love of noble fabrics, opening with a selection of couture swatches, with nods throughout the show to Givenchy’s collaborations with textile artisans including embroiders Lesage and Vermont and fabric manufacturers Abraham and Beuclère.
A range of signature archive Givenchy scents will also be presented including “L’intermit,” launched in 1957 with Hepburn as its face.
The show will wrap with a selection of majestic, tulle and lace bridal gowns and a collection of hats displayed on a wall like hunting trophies. A 162-page, bilingual catalogue, with text in French and English, will be released in tandem with the event.