Hubert De Givenchy, World Renowned Fashion Icon And Designer Dies At 91

Hubert de Givenchy, Dead at 91

So the world is truly mourning the passing of French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who died at the age of 91 on March 11.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", he said explaining that the deceased passed away in his sleep.

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

Along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers who redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. "His work remains as relevant today as it was then".

Among his American customers were Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore one of his designs to President John F. Kennedy's funeral in 1963, and movie goddess Grace Kelly, who became Princess of Monaco.

Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches.

He also founded The House of Givenchy haute couture fashion label. Blouses, skirts, jackets and pants combinations could be mixed and matched.

He made clothes which made women look and feel handsome, and seemingly, he affirmed them too by removing the pressure of trying to "fit into clothes" off and (arguably) creating clothes for the existing body instead.

Legend has it that Givenchy - told only that Mademoiselle Hepburn would be coming in for a fitting - was expecting the grand Katherine Hepburn. Instead the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in simple cigarette trousers, a T-shirt and sandals.

His family - his father was the marquis of Givenchy - had hoped their son would become a lawyer but the young man, who stood 1.96 meters (6 feet 5 inches) tall, was drawn to fashion and design from a young age, moving to Paris to study at 17.

"He was the first creator to launch a luxury ready-to-wear range". His successors were some of the youngest, most talented, creative minds that have worked in the fashion industry with the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci, and now Clare Waight Keller.

"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", Keller wrote on Instagram this week. Under designer Riccardo Tisci (who recently joined Burberry) it became a hit with the Kardashians and was credited with attracting the most social media "buzz" during Paris fashion week.

Givenchy is survived by his companion, French couturier Philippe Venet.



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