Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Givenchy dead: French fashion designer dies at 91

Givenchy dead: French fashion designer dies at 91

Givenchy built up one of the largest and most successful fashion businesses in history, and headed it until it was sold in the 1980s.

The famous fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has passed away, leaving behind a massive estate created by the Givenchy company.

The French designer was famed for styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. The couple had been living in a chateau near Paris at the time of his death.

His label, according to BBC, said Monday: "Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century".

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,"he said."

Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s. "He revolutionised worldwide fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years". He was quoted by AFP as saying: "He was one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s". The black sheath dress worn by Hepburn in the opening scenes of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is often referenced as spawning the concept of the Little Black Dress.

After selling his empire to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) in 1988, Givenchy continued to work until 1995.

For generations of young women dreaming of a glamorous life in the big city, the image of Ms. Hepburn as Golightly came to represent a certain ideal, that of the rich bohemian throwing wild parties while wearing magnificently gorgeous gowns. Since his final runway show, his successors have included everyone from John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci to most recently, Clare Waight Keller, who is the brand's first female Artistic Director.

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