Monday, February 20, 2012


Looking at our second Hubert de Givenchy Haute Couture gown to come from the exquisite collection of Patricia Kennedy, I am reminded of stained glass and particularly the pheonomenonal art of Marc Chagall. (I've always found it fascinating that Chagall first started working in the medium when he was nearly 70 years old in 1956). The combonation of Givenchy's refinded silhouette and the burst of colors may not make this the ideal Oscar gown, but with the hot pink belt, I am thinking ahead to the May 7th Costume Institute Party of the Year that celebrates the work of Elsa Schiaparelli (hello pink belt) and Miuccia Prada. This past January, I was in Paris looking for a gown for a client/friend to choose for the MET gala. Ricardo Tisci's work at Givenchy was exhilirating, although far removed from the DNA of Monsieur Givenchy. We priced one gown to consider and let me tell you, this one is a BARGAIN because an embroidered and beaded gown at Givenchy Couture today would cost the equivalent of buying FIVE of the one-of-a-kind original Givenchy below. (We ended up engaging Azzedine Alaia to make a custom gown for the MET gala). Haute Couture is expensive so when you are buying historically significate vintage designs by the eponymous couturier, please remember that you are making a wise investment and a particularly friendly price. This ain't ready to wear!

Hubert de Givenchy Haute Couture stained glass inspired evening gown, 1985. Modern size 6 SOLD
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