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Givenchy (pronounced [ʒivɑ̃ʃi]) is a French brand of clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics. It was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy, who retired in 1995. John Galliano succeeded him as designer, but he was later replaced by Alexander McQueen. In 2001, designer Julien McDonald was appointed Artistic Director for the women's lines, while in 2003 Ozwald Boateng was appointed the designer for the men's range. Clothing lines include haute couture as well as ready-to-wear men's and women's fashions. Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. ... For other uses, see Cosmetic. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (born February 21, 1927) is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded the The House of Givenchy in 1952. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... John Galliano CBE (born January 28, 1960, in Gibraltar) is a British - Gibraltarian fashion designer. ... Alexander McQueen CBE (born Lee Alexander McQueen, 17 March 1969) is an English fashion designer. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Julien MacDonald (born March 19, 1972) is a Welsh fashion designer. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ozwald Boateng is a famous fashion designer. ... Haute couture (French for high sewing or high dressmaking; IPA: ) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. ...

The reins for both haute couture and women's ready-to-wear were ultimately passed on to Riccardo Tisci in 2005 when he was named chief designer of womenswear. Tisci's apparent fascination with gothic touches (dark, languid dresses on sickly-looking models for fall couture) and space-age minimalism (one ready-to-wear show featured white-clad models drifting aimlessly around a sterile-white sphere) have drawn new attention to the brand. Reviews and output so far have been mixed and inconsistent, but many, including influential fashion critics (such as Cathy Horyn of the New York Times and Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune) have honed in on Tisci's conceptual leanings, as well as his future potential for revitalizing the Givenchy brand and infusing it with his precision and imagination. Riccardo Tisci (b. ... Cathy Horyn is a fashion reporter, once employed by Vogue and now a freelancer for the New York Times. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Suzy Menkes is the head fashion reporter for the International Herald Tribune. ... The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. ...

The most famous patron of the brand was Audrey Hepburn in films such as Sabrina, for which Edith Head claimed the Academy Award, How to Steal a Million and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Other famous patrons include the Guinness, Grimaldi and Kennedy families, who famously wore Givenchy clothes to the funeral of John F. Kennedy. Audrey Kepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning Anglo-Dutch actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... // Goddess of the River Severn in Insular Brythonic mythology. ... Edith Head on the cover of the book The Life and Times of Edith Head by David Chierichetti Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... How to Steal a Million is an art-heist movie starring Peter OToole as a suave art investigator and Audrey Hepburn as Nicole Bonnet, the daughter of an art fraud. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Guinness family is an extensive aristocratic Irish family noted for their accomplishments in brewing, banking and diplomacy. ... Grimaldi usually refers to House of Grimaldi, the rulers of Monaco. ... The Irish Catholic political dynasty, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, Kennedy, John Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, or JFK, was the 35th President of the United States. ...

Givenchy is a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter. Like Dior, the company is owned by European luxury goods giant LVMH. In 1993, Givenchy achieved a total sales worth of $176 million, making it the second largest apparel division of LVMH after Dior. Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 – October 23, 1957), was an influential French fashion designer. ... LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. (Euronext: MC), usually shortened to LVMH, is a French holding company and the worlds largest luxury goods conglomerate. ... LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. (Euronext: MC), usually shortened to LVMH, is a French holding company and the worlds largest luxury goods conglomerate. ... Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 – October 23, 1957), was an influential French fashion designer. ...

Givenchy can be bought at fashionable department stores including Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chestnut Hill, Costa Mesa, Atlanta, and Houston.

External links

  • Givenchy.com - official site in English
  • ParfumsGivenchy.com - official site for the perfume line in English
  • "Hepburn's 'Tiffany's' dress fetches more than $1M"
  • Model Marie Steiss, Spring 2007 RTW Givenchy collection

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