Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy, a designer meant to create beauty in its purest state.

Exhibitions at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza are always a place to discover and experience art in all its forms, this time was in the shape of fashion. Haute couture has been filling the halls of the museum since this past autumn; the first big retrospective about one of the most influent creators of the 20th century: Hubert de Givenchy. The designer's career is exposed through almost hundred pieces organized in thematic areas proposed by himself according to different springs of inspiration or the importance given to the fabrics used.

The first creation: the Bettina blouse. The Maison Givenchy opened its doors in 1952, and this reinterpretation of the classic white blouse was part of his first collection: Separates.

Every single detail has been taken into account: the complements and the way mannequins display gracefully the precious fabrics, even the feet are carefully decorated with satin ribbons, strass pieces or matched-color tips.

Audrey Hepburn, the muse and friend. It could not have been any other way, she is part of the exhibition, an icon of elegance who was dressed by Givenchy in many occasions. In words of the couturier: "The joy of working together brought us unforgettable moments".

Cocktail outfit in black lace, designed by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in the film How to Steal a Million (1966).

Satin black dress designed by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

Bride gowns are the closing of all catwalks, and in this exhibition this spectacular wedding dress with  Lilies of the Valley bids us farewell, leaving the sweet scent of bloom as a gift.

Photography by When Audrey Met Darcy; photos of Darcy by Silvia Iglesias

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