Who Is Givenchy? Famous "Little Black Dress" Designer Dies

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The famous designer created one of Audrey Hepburn's most iconic looks.

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Who Is Givenchy?

One of the most iconic fashion designers has passed away at the age of 91.

Hubert de Givenchy is best known for his work in many classic films, especially alongside his muse, Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn, “little black dress,” seem to go hand-in-hand. The black dress worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was Givenchy’s design.

Who did Givenchy dress, and what is Givenchy’s story? Click through the slideshow to learn more about the French couturier.

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Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

Hubert de Givenchy founded his namesake fashion house in 1952 and his collaboration with actress Audrey Hepburn is probably his most well-known works.

He dressed Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, and when she accepted the Oscar in 1954 for Best Actress for her work in Roman Holiday. She even inspired his first perfume, L’Interdit.

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Givenchy’s Work

Givenchy has been a presence in the fashion industry for over fifty years. At 6’6”, he was known for his manners and discipline.

He was the first designer to launch a high-end ready-to-wear line, and his work is still highly relevant and respected.

Givenchy said of his own work at the opening of the “Hubert de Givenchy” exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais:

“Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea.”

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Who Did Givenchy Dress?

Beside Hepburn, who he worked with for over 40 years, Givenchy dressed some of the most famous and powerful women of our times.

Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bunny Mellon, The Duchess of Windsor, *Jane Fonda, **Babe Paley, Sao Schlumberger, and much more all wore Givenchy gowns.

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Who Has Designed At The House Of Givenchy

In 19988, Givenchy should his label, Givenchy Couture Group, to LVMH for $45 million after 36 years of independent work. He served as head of creative design for second years before his retirement in 1995.

Since then, many well-known designers have held the reins of the label, including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

In 2017, Clare Waight became the first female artistic director and has since paid homage to Givenchy’s graphic designs with black-and-white advertisements

She said:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy.

“Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever,”

Givenchy is survived by his partner, Philippe Venet, as well as his nieces, nephews, and their children.