Costume and Textiles
Woman's Coat and BeltMade in Paris, France, Europe
Designed by Hubert de Givenchy, French, born 1927
White double-faced wool twill, leather
Currently not on view
1979-114-1a,bGift of Mrs. William McCormick Blair, Jr., 1979
LabelRestrained elegance is the basis of Hubert de Givenchy’s style; the words distinguished and discreet have been applied to both his clothes and his clients. Givenchy’s designs emphasize line rather than decoration, and he carefully balances volume and proportion. The classically simple silhouette of this slim coat is set off by beautifully finished horizontal seams in the double- faced wool that produce a ribbed effect. The purity of the coat’s design is complemented by a narrow belt and plain buttons.