Fashion on Film: Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I discovered a short documentary about designer Hubert de Givenchy and his life in fashion on Sundance Channel recently. Before I was a fan of Fashion, I knew the name from the elegant style of Audrey Hepburn on film, and many of her famous costumes involved his forward thinking designs. The one hour program consisted of sweeping stories with the still-dapper octagenarian (sitting down for lunch with Balenciaga)- gently reminding me of another time- when fashion was at a turning point, and dressing a woman in couture made with jersey was considered shocking.

To paraphrase Givenchy from the film: fashion is no longer about apparel, it is now about shoes and bags.

Whenever I start to feel disenchanted with fashion, I always find my way back. And sometimes a little detour into film or art is exactly the thing... This one is worth watching, if only for a digestible slice of fashion history.

Photos above courtesy Sundance Channel


Scientific Housewife said...

Sounds amazing. I loved the documentary on Valentino, it was great.

Meera said...

I would really love to see it! I think fashion has changed, but I am not sure if it is for the better.
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Syed said...

"fashion is no longer about apparel, it is now about shoes and bags" - something I have felt more and more as of late unfortunately.

Wrecked Stellar said...

Sounds interesting- will need to try and catch it on Sundance! Hope you are well, D! xo, mel

fashion urbia said...

thank you for the heads up for this documentary. I will have to search for it and program my DVR. Some of my favorite pictures of Audrey Hepburn are in his clothes

Téné said...

Our very own Eric Gaskins, American designer, started his fashion career at Givenchy. Eric went on to dress many fashionable women including Hollywood celebrities. An overview of his story:

MAD said...

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Anonymous said...

I would love to see it too. I think that fashion now cannot be compared of what was fashion in the past. See people like Givenchy, YSL, Dior or Balenciaga. This world was more than fashion, it was a way of living, of thinking, of dreaming...and definitely a way of loving women. Money was not for them the main issue. They were not doing a collection according the 'trend' of the moment. They were the trend of the moment !

Laurent (Paris)

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