Famed French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

Famed French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91.

Givenchy was among the elite group of Paris-based designers including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and his mentor, Christobal Balenciaga who spearheaded the resurgence of haute couture after the austerity years of the Second World War.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,"he said.
He will be greatly missed".

"Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met".

Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in almost a dozen films, including the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

But it was his 40-year friendship with his muse Hepburn, who he met on the set of the Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend.

Actress Audrey Hepburn shows a Givenchy design during a fashion show, in November 1954, in Amsterdam.

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and Somalian-born beauty Iman pose for photographers as they arrive at the amFar (American Foundation for Aids Research) benefit party in Mougins, near Cannes, 23 May 2002.

The French fashion tour de force is credited for popularizing the classic LBD.

The fashion world has lost one of it's largest (literally) characters.

Givenchy ready-to-wear collection debuted in 1954, and de Givenchy went on to create the iconic "Balloon coat" and the "Baby Doll" dress in 1958.

In 1988, the Givenchy brand was eventually sold to LVMH, a luxury brand that owns companies like Moet, Loius Vuitton, and others.

He was succeeded by controversial designer John Galliano, who held the position for less than a year, before making way for Alexander McQueen and, subsequently, Julien Macdonald.

Givenchy is survived by his partner Venet, his nephews and nieces, and their children.

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