Fashion Icon Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy, Dead at 91

Fashion Flashback: Hubert de Givenchy

The leading gentleman of haute couture once said that 'dressing a woman is to make her more beautiful-isn't that the point of it all?

His label said on Monday: "Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century... who revolutionised fashion".

It was announced yesterday that French fashion designer Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy passed away on Saturday 10 March at the age of 91.

"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.

Regarded as one of the design world's most enduring and elegant presences, the 6′ 6 designer also worked alongside Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior before setting up his eponymous label.

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Givenchy, speaking a year ago at an exhibition of his creations at the City of Lace and Fashion in Calais, said "too much artifice" detracts from clothing.

The famed French fashion designer dressed many iconic women - including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Marlene Dietrich.

Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens.

The black sheath dress he made for the opening scenes of the Breakfast at Tiffany's was perhaps the most famous "little black dress" of all time.

"He was the first creator to launch a luxury ready-to-wear range".

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Givenchy is now headed up by Clare Waight Keller, who is the label's first ever female artistic director.

Waight Keller, at the helm of the brand since a year ago, said in an Instagram post Monday she is "deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet". Today, LVMH also owns Parfums Givenchy.

He is survived by his long-time partner and former designer Philippe Venet.

The designer, who learnt his craft under Cristóbel Balenciaga, became a giant of the fashion world in every sense.

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