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Evening Dress With Tie

Early 1968 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The couturier-client relationship between Hubert de Givenchy and the actor Audrey Hepburn is one of the most famous of its type. Givenchy first met Hepburn during the shoot for the film Sabrina in 1953. He subsequently went on to design almost all her outfits in her contemporary films, as well as providing clothes for her off-screen wardrobe.

Givenchy understood perfectly that Audrey Hepburn's clothes should be glamorous without distracting from her good looks. She looked best in crisply cut, elegant garments with superb detailing, such as this evening dress. This simple white crepe gown is encrusted with pale-coloured sequins, artificial flowers and embroidery. The subtle colouring of the embroidery ensured that it did not distract from the wearer's dark-haired beauty.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Evening Dress
  • Dress Tie
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered silk crêpe, plastic, cotton, diamanté, lined with silk
Brief Description
Silk crêpe evening dress with an embroidered sequined bodice and silk ribbon tie, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, 1968
Physical Description
White silk crêpe evening dress with an embroidered sequined bodice and white silk ribbon tie.
Dimensions
  • Maximum length (when measured flat) length: 147cm
  • Maximum width (when measured flat) width: 61cm
  • Hem circumference: 126cm
  • Waist circumference: 59cm
  • Bust circumference: 76cm
  • Shoulder to waist (back) length: 35cm
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
'Made in France, GIVENCHY' (Woven label, black on white)
Credit line
Given by Audrey Hepburn
Object history
Worn by the actor Audrey Hepburn, who was the most famous of all Givenchy's clients. She was considered to be his muse and inspiration, and frequently wore Givenchy in her contemporary films.
Summary
The couturier-client relationship between Hubert de Givenchy and the actor Audrey Hepburn is one of the most famous of its type. Givenchy first met Hepburn during the shoot for the film Sabrina in 1953. He subsequently went on to design almost all her outfits in her contemporary films, as well as providing clothes for her off-screen wardrobe.



Givenchy understood perfectly that Audrey Hepburn's clothes should be glamorous without distracting from her good looks. She looked best in crisply cut, elegant garments with superb detailing, such as this evening dress. This simple white crepe gown is encrusted with pale-coloured sequins, artificial flowers and embroidery. The subtle colouring of the embroidery ensured that it did not distract from the wearer's dark-haired beauty.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971132a
Other Numbers
  • 109 - Model number
  • 36709 - Couture number
Collection
Accession Number
T.231&A-1974

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record createdSeptember 3, 2007
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