Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Hubert de Givenchy, Famed Couturier, Dies At 91

Givenchy dead: French fashion designer dies at 91 Hubert de Givenchy, French Designer and Audrey Hepburn's Stylist, Dead at 91
Freda Brock | 12 March, 2018, 17:39

It's being reported that he passed away in his sleep over the weekend.

"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 in a statement on Monday.

He made a name for himself dressing actress Audrey Hepburn for seven of her movies including the critically acclaimed film, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Hepburn also inspired his first perfumes L'Interdit and Le de Givenchy.

Fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, head of the giant LVMH group which now owns Givenchy, led the tributes, saying that "he was one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s".

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and Somalian-born beauty Iman pose for photographers as they arrive at the amFar (American Foundation for Aids Research) benefit party in Mougins, near Cannes, 23 May 2002. It is this restrained style that continued to endear his creations to the royalties and socialites of the world.

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He dressed a plethora of fabulous women, including Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Onassis, Jane Fonda and the Duchess of Windsor.

French designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy pose together 21 October 1991 in Galliera Museum during a reception honoring Givenchy for his 40 years in fashion.

In 1969, the designer launched a menswear line called Givenchy Gentleman. Many collaborations later, in 1981, the House of Givenchy was split with the perfume line going to Veuve Clicquot, and the fashion brand being bought over by the European firm LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE for reportedly $45 million. He was succeeded by some of the world's top designers including the infamous John Galliano, the legendary Alexander McQueen and creative Riccardo Tisci.

The designer's nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet's grief, his statement added.

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