Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy is the french designer who started Givenchy. He was born in Beauvais, France in 1927 and came from a wealthy family. He opened his fashion house in Paris, next to Monceau Park in 1952. He was influenced and looked up to Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The first collection he made was after the famous Paris model Bettina Graziani at the time. The Bettina Blouse from that collection was very popular. He had important female client that represented Givenchy’s style who were Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. It is said that he made different pattern sheets for each member of the Kennedy family. Just at 25, he was the most famous and young designer during that time. In 1988, he sold his fashion hous to Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH-the world’s largest luxury goods company that includes Doir, Lacroix, Fendi, etc) and retired in 1995.
After retiring, the designers who took over Givenchy Homme was John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien MacDonald. The current designer is the Italian designer, Riccardo Tisci who was appointed in March 2005.