For more than 60 years Givenchy has been synonymous of Parisian sophistication. The French maison’s history began with Hubert de Givenchy’s childhood upbringing, where his mother and grandmother introduced the young boy to fabrics, drawing him naturally into the world of couture. At 17, Givenchy left for Paris to study drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts while apprenticing for Jacques Fath. Following a few more years at some of the most notable houses of the day including that of Elsa Schiaparelli, Maison Givenchy was established in 1952.

Givenchy has led the charge through some of the most formative decades of modern fashion representing timeless elegance with an edge. When the couturier retired in 1995, the years that followed was an era that saw John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien Macdonald at the helm of Givenchy’s creative direction. In 2005, Riccardo Tisci was ushered in to assume the artistic director role, and ignited a transformation at the 53 year-old house. His propensity for romanticism and sensuality redefined the brand with an identity that was viewed as gothic, resonating strongly with a younger crowd.

Three years into his appointment, Tisci was given reign over the menswear collections, allowing him to create some of the most commercially successful trends of the decade, including the famous Rottweiler print and his tie-in of sports references which paved way for athleisure and streetwear style as we know it today.

In 2017, Tisci ended his tenure at the house, and is succeeded by Claire Waight Keller, the house’s first female director. For her first collections, Keller went back to Givenchy’s archives for inspiration, bringing back graphic prints of animal and floral, as well as primarily black and white tones. For mens, Tisci’s sportive influence is still evident through styles like the Logo Stripe Track Pants and toned down suiting like the Relaxed Fit Blazer while Keller develops her signature with accessories like the fanny pack.

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