Celebrated fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died, aged 91.
His partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday (12Mar18) that Givenchy had passed away on Saturday.
“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” he said.
The designer’s nephews and nieces, and their children, share Venet’s grief, his statement added.
The French aristocrat, born to Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, marquis of Givenchy, founded his namesake label in 1952, but before that he worked with the still-unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior while working for designer Robert Piguet and couturier Lucien Lelong.
He also earned his fashion stripes under the watchful eye of Elsa Schiaparelli from 1947 to 1951.
After establishing himself as a serious designer, Givenchy gained worldwide prominence thanks to his work with Audrey Hepburn, and he designed many of the actress’ personal and professional outfits, including the famous black dress she wore in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Over his career, he also created looks for style icons Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and Marlene Dietrich.
The House of Givenchy was split in 1981, with the perfume line going to Veuve Clicquot, while the fashion branch was acquired by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1989, though LVMH later bought back Parfums Givenchy.
The French fashion house has been helmed by Clare Waight Keller, the label’s first female artistic director, since March 2017. She succeeded Riccardo Tisci in the role.
In June, a Givenchy exhibition opened at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, dedicated to the couturier’s career.
“I am happy because I did the job I dreamt of as a child,” he said at a press conference.
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