French fashion icon Givenchy dies aged 91

12 March, 2018, 16:24 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Hubert de Givenchy with audrey hepburn

During his huge career, Givenchy dressed icons such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Kennedy and Gloria Guinness and is widely recognised for his contribution to everyone's favourite Audrey Hepburn film, Breakfast At Tiffany's, for which he made that black dress, which eventually sold for £467,000 at auction in 2006.

"We are very sorry to announce that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy died", Venet said through the atelier of the famous fashion designer.

Additionally, the French man styled Jackie Kennedy, arguably American's most fashionable first lady.

It was also the Givenchy look that former USA first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shifts dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.

On a state visit to France the following year, Kennedy made a famously grand entrance in a Givenchy white silk faille dress at a state dinner at the Palace of Versailles, looking as regal as any European monarch's consort.

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

Inspired by the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy sold his namesake label to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1988 for $45 (£32) million after 36 years of independence.

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's name will forever conjure images of timeless designs worn by some of the world's most lovely women including Princess Grace of Monaco, Bunny Mellon, and the Duchess of Windsor.


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