A few weeks ago, high fashion lost one of its most famous exponents, the French designer Adieu Hubert de Givenchy .
Givenchy founded his house in 1952, at the age of 25, and became famous for having dressed clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Empress Farah Pahlavi, Marella Agnelli, Princess Grace Kelly, the Duchess of Windsor and actresses Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Jeanne Moreau and Ingrid Bergman.
Many of these characters have treaded the Capri “stage”, inevitably creating trends with their clothes and thus leaving an indelible mark in the Capri fashion of the 1950s and 1960s. For this reason, the island also loses a piece of the origins of the success of Capri ( Salotto del Mondo ) in the world.
How can we not think of the unforgettable women from Jaqueline to Grace to Ingrid, who became fashion icons to follow for all women of those years, with an extraordinary “comeback” even in more recent times: clothes that “follow” the body (as she said Givenchy), of the talleur type or tight skirts and tight t-shirts, are back, in plain or broken colors or with wide stripes, preferably black and white. Dresses that women have come back to appreciate for a couple of years now, or perhaps they have never stopped loving admiring them in photos and period films.
Certainly there is a dress that will remain forever in memory: the famous sheath dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (pictured). That dress, which has consecrated the designer forever, is now also his testament: his name will remain linked to that creation over the years. And that creation could not fail to see the light even under the sun of Capri.
For Givenchy, the meeting of destiny was, however, with the interpreter of Roman Holidays: he finds himself designing not only the stage costumes, but also his personal wardrobe. And it was precisely in that decade, between the 1950s and 1960s, that the designer made his most iconic creations: the sack dress of 1953, the wrap-around cape from 1958, the balloon dress and the bustier dress the following year. Vintage photos show the narrow streets of the island with women following the long trail left by the elegant gentleman stylist, a fashion which in the Salotto del Mondo has” multiplied “to the nth degree, postponing this image overseas and back.