Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy, who retired in 1995. Known first for his haute couture work, Monsieur de Givenchy founded Les Parfums Givenchy in 1957. In 1958, Hubert de Givenchy asked his friend Audrey Hepburn to be the face of his parfume, L’Interdit. He created a revolution in using – for the very first time - the image of a movie star on an advertising campaign.
"Monsieur Givenchy" and "L'Eau de Vetiver" were launched in 1959, followed by the launch of the woman perfume « Givenchy III » with the slogan « Who know why one remind a woman and not another one ? Givenchy III gives memories to men ». The success of the Givenchy perfumes obliged the construction of a factory in Beauvais.
Les Parfums Givenchy were associated with a purported meeting of Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. This was supposed to represent the "Givenchy style", in which French elegance meets American glamour in a combination of sophistication and modernity.