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Hubert de Givenchy Dies at the Age of 91

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.

Evening sheath dress in satin, worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Black Edwards is displayed during the press preview exhibition ‘Hubert de Givenchy’ at ‘Cite de la Dentelle et de la Mode’ on June 15, 2017 in Calais, France

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.

Hubert de Givenchy Exhibition in Calais which ran in 2017

The fashion designer Hubert De Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn – 40th anniversary of the Givenchy house – 1991.

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.

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

Givenchy fragrance ad featuring Audrey Hepburn. The fragrance was specially created for Audrey

Audrey Hepburn wearing hat and dress designed by Givenchy,(for a fashion editorial) at her house in Switzerland, in February 1962.