Friday, January 28, 2011

Being There: Versailles and Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy retired in 1995.  Saying au revoir to all that, he was commissioned to redesign the gardens at Versailles.

Jacqueline Kennedy at Versailles in 1961 for the Kennedys' state visit to France.  Mrs Kennedy chose to wear Givenchy.  Mon Dieu!  What would Oscar de la Renta say??

Mrs. Kennedys' Givenchy ivory silk ziberline gown embroidered with flowers in silk, silk ribbon and seed pearls by Hurel.

Marie Antoinette's petit appartment de la reine and the cabinet de la Méridienne (her dressing room) in Versailles at night as visited by Alix, the cherry blossom girl.  I love visiting museums in the evening when they are quiet, nearly empty and the collection becomes almost personal and you are transported to another place, another time, another state of being.  Alix said, "at the end of the day, we were a small group in the dark and empty castle.  I still have goosebumps!"  Me too.

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Back to our Givenchy haute couture red silk cocktail dress covered in black flowers with seed pearls from the garde robe of a well known couture client which could very well have been worn to some intimate event at Versailles.  The dress is fitted at the waist and the skirt is lined in horsehair.

Cocktails in the garden anyone?  Or in the salon under candlelight?

Hubert de Givenchy haute couture red silk cocktail dress.  Size 4.


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