Designed by Hubert de Givenchy / Day ensemble / autumn/winter 1963 - 1964Designed by Hubert de Givenchy
Day ensemble
autumn/winter 1963 - 1964

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Creator Name: Givenchy, Hubert de
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: French, born 1927
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Hubert de Givenchy
Creator Name: Vreeland, Diana
Creator Qualifier: Worn by
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Donor/wearer
Creator Dates/Places: American, 1906 - 1989
Creator Name-CRT: Worn by Diana Vreeland
Title: Day ensemble
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1963
Creation End Date: 1964
Creation Date: autumn/winter 1963 - 1964
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Main dress-Womenswear
Materials and Techniques: wool
Dimensions: (a) L. at center back 21 in. (53 cm); (b) L. at center back 23 1/2 in. (59.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.435.10ab
Credit Line: Gift of Diana Vreeland, 1979

The relaxed attitudes of the 1960s could be achieved in couture day wear. Hubert de Givenchy excelled in a style associated with such nonchalant fashion paladins as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn. Learning from his mentor, Balenciaga, Givenchy offered a seemingly unstructured two-piece dress - which he dubbed 'split level' - indebted to the Balenciaga sack. For necessary articulation of details, he employed 'souplesse' instead of a tailor's dart, allowing a supplementary soft fold of material to give shape to these unassuming and chic tops.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.435.10ab
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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