Givenchy, French fashion icon, 'little black dress' designer, dies at 91

13 March, 2018, 22:57 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Givenchy, French fashion icon, 'little black dress' designer, dies at 91

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.

The aristocrat, who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, rose to fame during that decade, when he also became a cinematic legend due to his collaborations with Hepburn.

The renowned French designer was best known for dressing Audrey Hepburn.

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.

Regarded as one of the design world's most enduring and elegant presences, the 6′ 6 designer also worked alongside Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior before setting up his eponymous label. In 1961, one of the most iconic fashion moments in the movie industry happened when she wore that emblematic black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Givenchy, speaking previous year at an exhibition of his creations at the City of Lace and Fashion in Calais, said "too much artifice" detracts from clothing.

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Givenchy was born into an artistic Italian-French family of marquises, the Taffin de Givenchys.

"France loses a master, the Master of elegance, of creation, of invention", the statement said, sharing the condolences of President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, to Givenchy's companion and friends. Its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of only a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.

John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci have all since served as creative directors of the label, with former Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller now helming the house.

His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news.

The designer, who learnt his craft under Cristóbel Balenciaga, became a giant of the fashion world in every sense.

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