Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents an ambitious exhibition in which couturier Hubert de Givenchy pays homage to his muse, Audrey Hepburn. The exhibition is a grand retrospective of the work of French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, one of the leading fashion designers of the 20th century. His career paralleled that of Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga and he is a living legend in the history of haute couture. The Gemeentemuseum is delighted and extremely honoured to be able to create this prestigious exhibition hand in hand with Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy himself.
Hubert de Givenchy The exhibition in The Hague is being curated in close consultation with Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy and gives a unique insight into his career, which spanned a period of half a century, from the opening of his fashion house in 1952 through to his retirement from it in 1995. The couturier has personally selected many of his favourite creations, some of which have never previously been on show to the public. The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is extremely grateful to various private collections for the generous support they have lent this project, giving the museum the unique opportunity to show many marvellous designs by Hubert de Givenchy.
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn Part of the exhibition focuses specifically on the unique friendship and professional collaboration between Hubert de Givenchy and actress Audrey Hepburn. Their creative partnership began in 1953 and endured for the remainder of Hepburn's life. Audrey Hepburn wore Givenchy creations in some of her most renowned films, such as
How to Steal a Million and
Breakfast at Tiffany's. She once said, "Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality."
To Audrey with Love This special relationship is what has prompted Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy to entitle the exhibition
To Audrey with Love: also the title of his recent book, likewise dedicated to his beloved friend Audrey. In addition to wonderful designs by Hubert de Givenchy, some of them actually worn by Audrey Hepburn, the exhibition in The Hague includes design sketches, drawings, photographs and film stills that bring to life the spirit and timeless beauty of a unique pact of friendship and elegance.
De Givenchy back in The Hague Back in 1988, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presented a successful exhibition entitled
Hubert de Givenchy. Haute Couture worn by Audrey Hepburn, the opening of which was attended by both Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy. Audrey Hepburn's family ties with the Netherlands made that exhibition project particularly precious to her - a further reason why Hubert de Givenchy is so pleased with the present grand sequel to that previous collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague: "To be back in Holland is always an important moment for me and especially in order to present the exhibition
To Audrey with Love, an emotional tribute to Audrey Hepburn in her native country and in the great Gemeentemuseum. I am convinced that Audrey would have been very proud and happy with this beautiful project of exhibition. We love you Audrey."
Collaboration The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has prepared the exhibition in collaboration with Eloy Martínez De La Pera Celada, who recently worked jointly with Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy on the
Hubert de Givenchy exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain (2014/2015). Art direction is in the hands of Maarten Spruyt and Tsur Reshef. Collection curator is Madelief Hohé of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
Gemeentemuseum The Hague Gemeentemuseum, designed by Dutch architect Hendrik Berlage is a milestone in contemporary architecture. The museum is most especially known for Mondriaan's work. This collection includes his early, realistic pieces as well as the piece de resistance,
Victory Boogie Woogie.
Directions to Gemeentemuseum Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is located in Statenkwartier nearby Scheveningen beach and is easy to reach by public transport, car and bike. From Den Haag Centraal Railway Station and Hollands Spoor, tram 16 will take you to the museum in approximately 20 minutes. From Station CS you can also take bus 24, which runs between Station Mariahoeve and Kijkduin.
Gemeentemuseum can be reached by car via Utrechtsebaan towards Kijkduin. On arrival in the city follow the signs for 'Gemeentemuseum'. There are plenty of opportunities for free parking. If the car park should be full then paid parking is available in the World Forum parking garage at Churchillplein 10, which is about a 5-minute walk from Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.