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How Hubert De Givenchy Styled his Homes with the Same Elegance as a Little Black Dress

French by birth and by style, the late couturier was renowned for his elegance in both fashion and furnishings

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The French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, pioneer of the prêt-à-porter and famous for the little black dress made for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has died at the age of 91. While his creations for the world of fashion will never be forgotten, we’re taking a look at the houses of Hubert de Givenchy, styled with the same impeccable elegance that made him an icon of glamour. 

There’s no better place to start than the early 17th century  Renaissance castle in France, Château du Jonchet, the estate Givenchy escaped to in his final years. 

Jewelry designer and nephew to the late couturier, James de Givenchy remember the objects in his uncle’s home: striped wicker fabrics in a house with a pool in the south of France. “It's the elegance that stands out the most,” he says to Veranda. “Everything was always in the right place.”

Antique pieces from the 18th century and rich velvets decorated his home in the city of Paris, in an elegant hôtel particulier, constructed in 1731 by architect Pierre Boscry for Marguerite-Paule de Grivel d’Orrouer, the marquise of Feuquières, in Rue de Grenelle.

French by birth and by style, Givenchy’s first purchase for the home was a bergère with gilded wood in true Louis XVI style. “Little by little, I’ve pursued my dream of buying 17th and 18th century furnishings and contemporary art,” he once said in an interview not too long ago. 

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Hubert de Givenchy also loved his Mediterranean villa in the south of France, Le Clos Fiorentina, in Cap Ferrat. Less formal and with wicker furniture, light fabrics, four-poster beds, and beautiful gardens, Givenchy decorated the space in a classic blue and white palette.

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For his retreat to the countryside, the stylist chose the Château du Jonchet, a beautiful Renaissance castle designed by architect Gabriel de Lestrade and renovated by architect Fernand Pouillon. Here, he went for furnishings by Diego Giacometti with white linings and sofa covers. 

While four-poster beds are always in a modern style with light wood, Givenchy’s great love of animals is evident in the photos and statues of dogs throughout the rooms.

Susan Gutfreund, a decorator and friend of Givenchy’s once said they were “rooms you’d never want to leave”.

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by Austin Sawhill / 13 March 2018

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