The Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture show paid tribute to the iconic Audrey Hepburn as well as the house’s deceased founder.
Elle market director Joann Pailey pointed out, the artistic director of Givenchy, Claire Waight Keller’s update to Hepburn’s iconic black column dress—memorably worn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s—into a sweeping black velvet gown with a hood and side pockets, leaving the open-back design of the original intact. The Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture show was peppered with several other historical references, including the show’s final song, “Moon River,” plucked from the Breakfast At Tiffany’s movie, according to a 2018 Elle report.
With tributes to the 1961 film aside, Keller dedicated the show to the late Hubert de Givenchy who passed in March of 2018. The house’s founder lived to be 91 years old.
According to a 2018 Hollywood Reporter report, the show was named “Carman” because it references the 19th-century townhouse built for the Duke of Caraman at 3 Avenue George V. In 1959, Givenchy moved his couture house and ateliers to the location, where stars such as Audrey Hepburn came to be fitted. They remain in the same venue, known for its grand staircase and wrought iron banister.
Keller, who joined the house in 2017, wrote on Instagram at the time of Givenchy’s death: “Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever.”
This was Keller’s first Givenchy Couture show since the passing of Hubert de Givenchy in March and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s royal wedding day, held in England where the artistic director was born.