This evening gown was designed by Hubert de Givenchy in 1963. It is typical of the styles of the early 1960s which paired a relatively simple silhouette with heavy embellishment. This tension between austerity and opulence is the perfect expression of the fashions of the early 1960s which were caught between the traditional elegance of the 1950s and the “Youthquake” on the horizon. Hubert de Givenchy was one of the leading couturiers of the early 1960s and his elegant designs were associated with important style leaders such as Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy.
This particular dress was worn by Princess Grace of Monaco and donated to the Drexel Historic Costume Collection in 1969. Records indicate that while the dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy, it was executed by Marie Therese of Nice. Given the security requirements of a princess, it is likely that this was a reproduction authorized by the couture house for her convenience.