Hubert de Givenchy opened his couture house in 1952, and his debut collection "Separates," which included the iconic "Bettina" blouse named after his favorite model Bettina Graziani, was an instant success. In 1953, rising Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn approached Givenchy to design the costumes for her film "Sabrina," marking the beginning of a fruitful collaboration that lasted for decades. Givenchy designed many of Hepburn's most iconic film costumes, including the little black dress she wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The actress and the designer shared a lifelong close friendship.
Givenchy was celebrated for his elegant and timeless creations. He believed in the power of simplicity and elegance and focused on clean lines, classic silhouettes and understated sophistication in his designs. His most famous creations include the iconic "Balloon Coat" and the "Baby Doll" dress of 1958. After Givenchy's retirement in 1995, John Galliano succeeded him for only two seasons before being appointed by Dior. He was followed by Alexander McQueen, who held the position as creative director from Spring 1997 to Spring 2001.