Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Hubert de Givenchy passed away this weekend at the age of 91 [Photo: Getty]

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 designer was renowned for dressing style icons Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor but his most famous muse was, of course, Audrey Hepburn.

Givenchy was the mastermind behind Audrey Hepburn’s now-iconic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ aesthetic [Photo: Getty]

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.’

Givenchy and Hepburn pictured together in the late eighties [Photo: Getty]

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.’

Audrey Hepburn was one of Givenchy’s most famous clients [Photo: Getty]

In 1988, Givenchy sold his company to LVMH for £32 million but remained creative director until his retirement in 1995.

Hubert de Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn’s famous Academy Awards dress which she donned to accept the award for her performance in ‘Roman Holiday’ [Photo: Getty]

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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