A black Givenchy bodice with oriental-style floral motifs

Born to an aristocratic family in 1927, French designer Hubert de Givenchy worked for couturiers Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli before opening his own fashion house in 1952. His debut collection stood out for its unique emphasis on interchangeable separates, which was considered revolutionary at that time. One of Givenchy’s signature pieces was the Bettina blouse, which was named after his public relations manager and French model Bettina Graziani. It was made from cotton shirting and had a wide, stand-up collar and ruffled sleeves. Givenchy’s long time muse was the late Hollywood screen legend, Audrey Hepburn. He designed her wardrobe for many of the films she starred in, including the iconic little black dress she wore in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. In 1988, Givenchy sold his fashion house to the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) group and retired from the couture scene in 1996.

c. 1952
Object size: 48.7 x 71 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Garments and Accessories

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