At the age of 83, Hubert de Givenchy is still very active in the world of fashion. Though he may have sold his couture house to LVMH, he is still only truly at home when he is designing, talking about design - or curating an extraordinary collection of gowns in a French chateau.
Running now through August 17, if you are around the Lorraine region of France, feel free to drop by Château de Haroué, a modest 82 room bungalow (chateau actually means castle in French, and the French do not use that term lightly!). It is there that you will find a carefully chosen bevy of gowns designed by Paris's most renowned designers: Balenciaga, Venet, and Givenchy himself. The surroundings are astounding, the gowns are divine, and as an added bonus, the long black column dress Audrey Hepburn wore in the beginning credits of Breakfast at Tiffany's - Givenchy's own copy, and one of the three originals - will be on display for your pleasure.
Can anyone make this trip? It's about 4 hours outside of Paris, for those in and around the area, and I'm sure your fellow fans are just dying to see some photographs. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it: I'm doing quite a lot of traveling this year and I'm already stretching myself thin as it is! But still, to see that gown in person, finally ...
Special thanks to Kendal, for typing out the original article on this exhibit, as found in the May issue of Vanity Fair (with Grace Kelly as cover girl).