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Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion icon, dies at 91


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.

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy leaves an elegant legacy.

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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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Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91, The Hague, Netherlands - 23 Nov 2016

(FILE) - French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses for photos prior to the opening of 'To Audrey With Love', an exhibition of his work at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands, 23 November 2016 (reissued 12 March 2018). According to media reports, de Givenchy, who who founded the fashion house of Givenchy in 1952, has died on 10 March 2018. He was 91.

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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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Audrey Hepburn, a longtime friend and muse of Givenchy, wears the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" famouse little black dress.

Audrey Hepburn, a longtime friend and muse of Givenchy, wears the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” famouse little black dress.

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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.”

FEB 1 1952 FILE PHOTO

Hubert de Givenchy poses with mannequins in 1952, the year he launched his fashion house and became a sensation.

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