1st Dibs is selling an amazing collection of Givenchy “Croquis,” or couture sketches, which are presented to women at couture shows so they can take them home and ponder which designs they’d like to have made. While most tossed the sketches after the shows, one French client who prefers to remain anonymous and attended every Givenchy show in Paris from 1980 to 1995 saved 750 of the croquis. Vintage dealer Katy Kane has curated 108 of them so now those of us who might not be quite ready for couture but are willing to pay $300 can hang a bit of it on our walls.
They’re prints, not original sketches, but they were produced in limited quantities and they awesomely still have fabric swatches attached and include prices and jotted notes from “les vendeuses.”
If you’re not super familiar with Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn was a muse and longtime friend. He designed the “little black dress” she wore in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which sold at auction in 2006 for nearly $1 million. Givenchy also dressed Jackie Kennedy, Princess Caroline of MOonaco, Oscar de la Renta’s first wife and French fashion editor Francoise de Langlade, and the list of A-listers goes on and on.