Known for his elegant and ladylike clothes, Hubert de Givenchy was the last of his generation of post-war French designers that gave new life to haute couture. [14.]
Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was born on 20 February 1927 in Beauvais, Oise. Hubert was the younger son of Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, Marquis de Givenchy (1888 - 1930), and his wife, the former Béatrice ("Sissi") Badin (1888–1976). The original surname of the Taffin de Givenchy family was Taffini. Family traces its roots to Venice, Italy. The family's nobility stemmed from his father's side from the 18th Century, and artistic professions ran through his mother's hereditary line. [9.]
From an early age Hubert wanted to design dresses. He was inspired by a family trip to a Parisian fair that highlighted the creations of Chanel, Lanvin, and other couture houses. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris for a year, and after apprenticing for fashion houses such as Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, Lucien Lelong, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the young designer launched his own label in 1952.