French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created iconic looks for Audrey Hepburn, died on Saturday at the age of 91.
An aristocrat and a towering talent who stood 6 feet 5 inches tall, Givenchy founded his fashion house in 1952 at age 24 to immediate success. His international influence lasted for decades.
Givenchy is best known for designing personal and film wardrobes for Hepburn, a movie star and enduring muse and close friend for 40 years. That includes the little black dress she wore in the opening of the 1961 romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Givenchy also designed clothes for her in the 1957 film “Funny Face.”
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“His are the only clothes in which I am myself,” Hepburn said of the designer.
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Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy were other famous clients of Givenchy, a name synonymous with understated elegance.
Givenchy also introduced the concept of “separates,” a style of dressing that was about elegance — and freedom. Blouses, skirts, jackets and trousers combinations could be mixed and matched.
Givenchy sold his namesake label to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1988 for $45 million. He remained head of creative design for seven years before retiring in 1995, reports Elle UK.
The Givenchy name and influence endures. At the Oscars, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman and “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot hit the red carpet in Givenchy.
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The House of Givenchy on Monday called its late founder “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.”
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