"You must cherish your clothes," the aristocratic designer said. He was a man who valued discretion and believed that the point of "dressing a woman is to make her more beautiful." In his later years, critics would bemoan Givenchy's consistency: His collections, while not not lacking in joie de vivre, were in the seventies and eighties sometimes considered a bit tediously ladylike. He, however, remained a staunch defender of timelessness and understatement: "The classical never meant boring," he once said. Or, as Pandora Luxurye put it in 1969, "Clutter is not Givenchy's thing. 鈥楶urifying and refining' are."

1991 : "Givenchy: 40 Years of Creation" exhibit opens at Mus茅e Galliera, Paris. "I try to do nice harmony of color and simplicity of line," the designer tells The Toronto Star. "I criticize why people always want to complicate the lines. In the epoch we are living in, everything is so difficult. I try to be simple."