On 21st February, celebrated French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy turned 88. Though he briefly considered a career in law, he decided to enter the world of fashion and, at the age of 17, moved from his hometown in Beauvais, to study at the École des Beaux- Arts in Paris. After working with several fashion houses, Givenchy opened his own design house in 1952 and was immediately praised for his chic, feminine designs.
Givenchy’s most famous couture client was actress Audrey Hepburn, who wore his creations in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
Givenchy now lives on his country estate, Château du Jonchet, just outside Paris. He has all but removed himself from the fashion world by selling his business to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1988, and retiring in 1995.