Hubert de Givenchy, founder of eponymous fashion house Givenchy, has died aged 91.
His partner, former couturier Philippe Venet, confirmed the sad news to French news agency AFP. According to the publishing house, the designer died in his sleep at his Parisian home on Saturday 10 March.
The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/xapm0zSwDy
— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) March 12, 2018
The designer was renowned for dressing style icons Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor but his most famous muse was, of course, Audrey Hepburn.
The fashion designer styled the actress during the 1950s and 1960s and is the mastermind behind one of her most famous looks: The now-iconic little black dress from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’
The late actress also looked to the designer for red carpet assistance, as he dressed Hepburn for the 1954 Academy Awards where she took home a trophy for ‘Roman Holiday.’
In 1988, Givenchy sold his company to LVMH for £32 million but remained creative director until his retirement in 1995.
A decade later, Riccardo Tisci took over the label as artistic director of womenswear and brought the fashion house into the modern era dressing everyone from Beyoncé to the Kardashian clan.
The company is currently run by former Chloé designer, Clare Waight Keller, who joined the French fashion house last year.
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