The French designer behind the iconic Givenchy brand has died
In an official statement released by Givenchy, which was founded in 1952, the designer who propelled the style icon status of prominent personalities such Audrey Hepburn and Jacky Kennedy has died at the age of 91.
The businessman and designer’s illustrious career started whilst working alongside designers such as Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior at the houses of Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong.
His icon status came after he met Audrey Hepburn on the set of a movie which later lead to the creation of the famous little black dress worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a lifelong friendship with the actress as his muse. Other iconic silhouettes include the ‘Balloon Coat’ and ‘Baby Doll’ dresses, to name a few. The designer is best known for his timeless elegant designs, simple, flowing with a great attention to detail.
Givenchy went on to create menswear and then resigned in 1995, with his protegé being Alexander McQueen.
The fashion world has lost a true icon, however, the iconic images of his designs will live on for centuries to come, a testament to the indomitable ethos of discipline and tenacity displayed throughout his career.