Fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91

13 March, 2018, 11:24 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Designer Hubert de Givenchy is applauded by his models after his last haute couture collection in 1995

His company released a statement Morning confirming his death.

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy in the mid-1980s.Actress Aubrey Hepburn with fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy.

Hubert de Givenchy in 2002. "That will stay with me forever", Clare Waight Keller, the current artistic director of Givenchy's eponymous fashion house, said in a post on Instagram.

De Givenchy's creations are best known as the wardrobe of his most famous muse, Hepburn, who appeared in one of his satin black dresses playing Holly Golightly in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's", as well as other designs of his in "Sabrina" and "Funny Face".

"His first collection - unveiled in 1952 - won recognition the day it was presented: Givenchy rang up 7 million francs (approximately 1 million euros) of orders, enough to allow him to pay off his backers and assume ownership himself". He died in his sleep, in his own house near Paris.

At 6ft 6in tall, Givenchy, whose full name was Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, was a giant of the fashion world in every sense.

Audrey Hepburn wearing that Givenchy dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Audrey Hepburn wearing that Givenchy dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Givenchy's designs were also sought after by the likes of former first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.

It was the work of Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier who, along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga, redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. "I extend my most honest condolences to his family and to all those who have known him".

In 1969, the launch of the "Givenchy Gentleman" line would become a reference in men's fashion.

"Then she arrived, so graceful, young and bubbly and dressed like a young girl would be today", he said of her two years ago as an exhibition about their friendship, "To Audrey with love", opened in the Dutch capital, The Hague.

Givenchy is survived by his companion and French couture designer, Philippe Venet.

He sold his business in 1988 but continued as its creative head of design until 1995, when British designer John Galliano took over.

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