Culture: Hubert de Givenchy Exhibit

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid looks better than ever:  Elegant, outstanding, delicate and more feminine thanks the Spanish institution being dressed with the most gorgeous creations of French designer Hubert de Givenchy holding its’ first-ever haute couture exhibition lasting now through January 18th. A wonderful excuse to explore the world of a fashion legend that has dressed some of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline of Monaco and his great friend Audrey Hepburn.

Hubert de Givenchy was the first designer to present a luxury prêt-à-porter line in 1954 and his clothes became a new start in the fashion industry: “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress”.

The exhibition features a selection of the designer’s top creations and was curated by Givenchy himself. A journey that starts with the foundation of Maison Givenchy in Paris in 1952, pieces like the famous Bettina blouse, named after one of the most beautiful models who was also a close friend of the designer’s, or like many of the other creations on display are part of the history of cinema and of the visual memory of the 20th century. Other crowd pleasers include dresses worn by Jackie Kennedy at the official reception given by General de Gaulle during President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s official visit to France in 1961 and Audrey Hepburn’s black dress worn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s from the same year.

This exceptional exhibition will also be accompanied by a film cycle, to include around ten films shown on Saturdays from mid-November until the end of the exhibition. For more information check out their website,

About the Author

Julia Urgel is a journalist and producer based in Madrid who contributes to a multitude of magazines –Marie Claire México, Vanidades México, Gentleman Spain and writing about fashion, celebrities and beauty. With an MBA in fashion -and a future PhD in fashion too- she is a university proffesor at Centro Universitario Villanueva and director of the specialization course Wedding Event Planner. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @julia_urgel