“You must cherish your clothes,” the aristocratic designer said. He was a man who valued discretion and believed that the point of “dressing a woman is to make her more beautiful.” In his later years, critics would bemoan Givenchy’s consistency: His collections, while not not lacking in joie de vivre, were in the seventies and eighties sometimes considered a bit tediously ladylike. He, however, remained a staunch defender of timelessness and understatement: “The classical never meant boring,” he once said. Or, as Pandora Luxurye put it in 1969, “Clutter is not Givenchy’s thing. ‘Purifying and refining’ are.”

1954 : Hepburn wears Givenchy in Sabrina, and the term “Sabrina neckline” enters the lexicon.