Famed haute couture fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

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Famed haute couture fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

His friend, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday.

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who dominated the industry for more than three decades and whose clothes were worn by movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91.

His partner confirmed the news on Monday afternoon.

Givenchy lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris. "He will be greatly missed".

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De Givenchy founded one of the world's leading fashion houses in Paris in the 1950s and then struck out for NY, going on to build a business empire that became part of the LVMH empire when he sold up in at the end of the 1980s.

"The 6'6" French designer was perhaps best known for the wardrobes he created for his longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn - kitting her out in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face.

"He revolutionized global 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. He went on to work with Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong in 1946, and then for Elsa Schiaparelli between 1947 and 1951.

Claire Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, said on Instagram she had the honour to meet and know the designer since she joined the brand.

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He was born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, and founded his label in 1952, selling it to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1988.

In 1988, The House of Givenchy was sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

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