Sunday, 24 October 2010

Close To Perfection: Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall/Winnter 2010-2011


The true art of Parisian haute couture, that secret world of perfect dressmaking, was put on display by a few designers - admittedly, a few did it far better than others - last July; one of whom, Riccardo Tisci for the House of Givenchy, showed an intimate (yet impressive) collection of 10 beautifully executed pieces on 10 models.

Riccardo Tisci
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Gossamer light, this outstanding collection was exquisitely crafted using combinations of embroidery, bead work, lace and ostrich feathers. Although I have not been an admirer of Givenchy Couture since Alexander McQueen left the House in 2001 (where he succeeded John Galliano to the helm in 1996), I commend M. Tisci for presenting a collection worthy of the term, 'Couture.' By far, this was one of the best collections shown last July. Well done.


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Suggested readings:

Givenchy: 40 Years of Creation (1991), by Hubert de Givenchy & Musée de la Mode et du Costume: Paris-Musées

Cristobal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy: Grand Traditions in French Couture (2010), by Hubert de Givenchy & Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery: Flammarion et Cie

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