Hubert de Givenchy exhibition, Madrid: Preview © Givenchy, 1960. Robert Doisneau

Hubert de Givenchy exhibition, Madrid: Preview

The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza opens its doors next week to one of fashion's great masters.

by

Spain Editor

17 October 2014

From 22nd October 2014 to the 18th January 2015 the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid will be presenting the first major retrospective on the work of the French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy; a key creative figure of the 20th century and a living legend in the history of haute couture. The exhibition, which marks the museum's arrival into the world of fashion, is devised by M. de Givenchy himself and will offer an exceptional insight into his creations over the course of half a century, from the opening of Maison Givenchy in 1952 to his retirement in 1996. The designer has selected around one hundred of his finest creations, loaned from museums and private collections worldwide, many of them never previously displayed in public.

Since he founded his own fashion house in Paris in 1952, Hubert de Givenchy's collections have enjoyed continuous success. He is a open admirer of the work of Cristóbal de Balenciaga, from whom he inherited his understanding of fashion design, characterised by the purity of lines and volumes. Hubert de Givenchy was the first designer to present the luxury prêt-à-porter line in 1954 and his clothes have dressed some of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson, Caroline of Monaco and his great friend Audrey Hepburn.

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
Paseo del Prado, 8,
28014 Madrid
902 76 05 11
www.museothyssen.org