Givenchy's Iconic Role in Fashion

Givenchy's Iconic Role in Fashion (Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures; Givenchy; Paramount Pictures)Givenchy recently made headlines for naming Erykah Badu (center) the new face of the luxury brand. However, long before its celebrated embrace of diversity (steering away from the typical model that is inaccessible to everyday women), the spotlight was on the fashion house for its Old Hollywood contributions, designing gowns for iconic movies, such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (left) and Sabrina (right), and women, like Jackie O.

The label's creator, Hubert de Givenchy, first worked under Elsa Shiaparelli (a.k.a. rival to Coco Chanel), for whom he created the first ever ready-to-wear shop at a haute couture house. [Givenchy] In 1952, at the young age of 24, he launched his own line of separates, allowing women to mix and match garments, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. Other notable achievements include the creation of the princess silhouette as well as perfecting the LBD (for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's). [Vogue]

Givenchy's Iconic Role in Fashion
(Riccardo Tisci with Rooney Mara at the Met Gala in 2012 and 2013; Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)While Hubert de Givenchy preferred to keep things simple and timeless, the fashion house has been taken in other directions under John Galliano, Alexander Wang, Julien Macdonald and, ultimately, Riccardo Tisci, who was appointed creative head in 2005. Vogue describes the aesthetic of the Italian designer, who has escorted avant-garde actress Rooney Mara to the Met Gala two consecutive years in a row, as "gothic."

Givenchy's Iconic Role in Fashion
(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America; PacificCoastNews.com; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images North America; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America; PacificCoastNews.com)Countless celebrities, including (left to right) Beyonce Knowles, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Amanda Seyfried, Claire Danes and Rihanna, have flaunted Tisci's inventive designs on the red carpet to premieres, galas and award shows. While his gowns consistently push the envelope, they are always reminiscint of their historically glamorous roots.

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