Hubert de Givenchy was born in Beauvais in February 1927, in an aristocratic Protestant family. He was the second child of the family. Unfortunately, their father, Lucien de Givenchy died of pneumonia in 1930. So, their mother, Beatrice de Givenchy, helped by her family raised her 2 sons. Hubert de Givenchy said later that she was his first model of beauty ad elegance. Hubert de Givenchy grew up in an artistic family. His grandfather had a strong influence on him, even though he died before Hubert’s birth. From an early age, Hubert start dreaming of Paris and fashion. The young Hubert collected these patterns, to create miniature dresses for his cousins’ dolls! His uncles thought his love of clothes was odd and told his mother to have serious ambitions for him instead. So, she insisted that Hubert continue studying to get his college degree. But he kept designing dresses anyway. Becoming a designer was his goal and he was determined to succeed. The couturier he most admired was Cristobal Balenciaga. Of course, impossible for a young apprentice to meet the master. It was in 1953, after opening his own house, that his dream came true. He met with Mr Balenciaga in New York, during Fashion Week. Very quickly, Balenciaga became the mentor of the young fashion designer, and when he closed his fashion house, he made sure that his loyal customers go to dress at GIVENCHY. Hubert de Givenchy was strongly influenced by Cristobal Balenciaga who he admired the noble, simple, strict style and the architectural cuts of his designs. “I invented the Separates! Fancy joyful skirts that you could mix with different tops. It gave a true liberty to women” Hubert de Givenchy. Only 5 years after opening the Couture house, Hubert de Givenchy created the Parfums Givenchy company. At the head, his brother, Jean Claude and a small team of around 10 people. Hubert de Givenchy decided to launch 2 feminine perfumes at the time in 1957. The second perfume was a gift for his friend, Audrey Hepburn. The legend has it that when Hubert de Givenchy asked Audrey Hepburn her permission to market her perfume, she replied: “Je vous l’interdis” : I forbid you ! This legend gave birth to the first perfume visual featuring a film actress! Its name: L’INTERDIT. Monsieur de Givenchy thought that with such a name, every woman would love to get it. He was right; it was a huge success.