Legendary couturier Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91 at his home outside Paris, his family have confirmed.
The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, 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. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day. He will be greatly missed.
The French fashion designer dressed the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and many other renowned style muses.
In his early career he worked for Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, before opening his own fashion house in 1952. Soon after, the name Givenchy would become synonymous with Hepburn.
Speaking of the famous dress she wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, he said: “The little black dress is the hardest thing to realise, because you must keep it simple.”
He also designed looks for her roles in Funny Face, Sabrina, Love in the Afternoon, How to Steal a Million and Charade, to name just a few. Off-screen, Hepburn herself became a muse for Givenchy, regularly wearing his gowns on the red carpet.
After over 40 years at the helm of the label, Givenchy stepped down in 1995, passing creative direction of the brand onto the likes of Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci.