Born in 1927, Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy founded his namesake house in 1952. In that year he presented a collection that would leave an indelible mark on fashion history, characterized by spare lines, slim silhouettes and swan-like necks. The “enfant terrible of Haute Couture” was born. Audrey Hepburn, as the designer’s muse, accompanied him in inventing a style that would redefine standards of elegance. In 1969 he launched “Givenchy Gentleman” line, that became a reference in men’s fashion. After a career spanning more than 40 years and, having joined the LVMH group in 1988, Hubert de Givenchy retired in 1995. He was succeeded by some of fashion’s great creative talents: John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, Riccardo Tisci, and recently Clare Weight Keller, who designed the gown of Meghan Markle. In June 2020, Givenchy opened a new chapter in its history with the creative director Matthew M. Williams, who brings to the house an high attention to detail as well as an intuitive understanding of tailoring and technology.