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Legendary Fashion Designer Givenchy Dies

March 12, 2018
  • French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • His clients included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace

 
His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news.
 
The enduring appeal of Givenchy was showcased at this year’s Oscars, where Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore a custom designed outfit.  But the designer is best known for the “little black dress” worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
 
Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.  He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952. 
 
There he introduced the concept of “separates” - blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be matched.
 
The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as “a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolised Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.”
 
“He revolutionised international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years,” the house of Givenchy said. “His work remains as relevant today as it was then.”
 
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said he is “deeply saddened“ by Givenchy’s death.  “He was among those designers who placed Paris firmly at the heart of world fashion post 1950 while creating a unique personality for his own fashion label,” according to a statement released by LVMH.