January 27, 2021

Givenchy: the designer hailed as a ‘personality maker’ by Audrey Hepburn

As his eponymous exhibition opens in Calais, the 90-year-old fashion legend recalls career-defining friendships with Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy

A retrospective exhibition self-curated by a 90-year-old legend of fashion has all the hallmarks of an ego-flaunting vanity project. But Hubert de Givenchy, who attended the opening of his self-titled show at the Calais Museum for Lace and Fashion on Thursday, has more class than that.

The stars of this exhibition are not the couturier himself, but some of the women whose public personas he helped create, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor.

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