Hubert de Givenchy: A Tribute

Hubert de Givenchy: A Tribute

With Gillion Carrara · in English


Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
$45 Members / $55 Non-Members
54 W. Chicago Avenue


Online registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Merci !

Come hear Gillion Carrara, in her inimitable style, tell the story behind Hubert de Givenchy, who put Paris at the top of the fashion world in the 1950s – and set the first relationship between fashion and film thanks to his 40-year long collaboration with Audrey Hepburn.

It’s the most beautiful job in the world to give happiness to people.” Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy, aristocrat, perfect gentleman and French fashion designer known for understated style, represented a golden age of elegance. He, died, aged 91, on March tenth this year. He was an apprentice in couture houses while also studying drawing at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the French National School of Fine Art. He founded the Maison Givenchy in 1952.

The iconic couturier was known for his elegant haute couture designs and years-long professional relationship with Audrey Hepburn. He upheld a standard of quintessentially romantic elegance in fashion for more than four decades, dressing clients such Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly.

Each of my garments is something special in itself. You give all your energy to each piece, to each creation, and I have no favorite. I love all of them equally. It was a dream to make those creations for women.” Givenchy

This 90 minute-long masterclass is part of our fashion series, Haute Couture, and will include a presentation followed by a Q&A and a glass of bubbles! 


Gillion Carrara is the Director of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After studying at the Moore College of Art (Philadelphia) and the Academia di Belle Arti (Florence) she became a renowned fashion expert as well as a creator, mastering metalsmith techniques and crafting an entire collection of jewelry. Not only a teacher and an artist, Gillion Carrara is also a curator - examples include the Art Institute's 2011 Material Connections exhibit -, and has been a member of the Costume Society of America since 1985.