Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy passed away.

One of fashion's last great legends, Hubert de Givenchy, died on Saturday at age 91, in news that became public on Monday.

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

French designer Hubert de Givenchy has died at the age of 91.

The designer founded one of the world's leading fashion houses in Paris in the 1950s, before making his way to North American markets. The brand quickly became synonymous with an elegant, feminine style.

The French fashion conglomerate LVMH acquired Givenchy's brand in 1988, and the designer retired from fashion in 1995, succeeded by John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci, and Clare Waight Keller, each of whom has reimagined Givenchy's design legacy in his or her own way.

Hubert's first designs were for Jacques Fath, but he later designed for Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, and opened his own design house in 1952.

After his phenomenal debut, Givenchy went to NY to capitalise on his popularity with Americans.

De Givenchy is famed for creating the iconic little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

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At just 24, he launched his couture house, La Maison Givenchy.

Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw white cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.

Givenchy is survived by his companion and French couture designer, Philippe Venet. In the 1970s, lucrative licensing agreements saw his name emblazoned on accessories from belts to sunglasses which spiked annual sales to over $100 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was there that he finally met the reclusive Balenciaga, and the two maintained a close friendship until the Spaniard's death in 1972.

Dressing Hepburn made good business sense, too.

The red coat she wore on the campaign trail for the 1960 presidential election was a Givenchy copy.

Givenchy's designs were also sought after by the likes of former first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.

"To dress a woman is to make her lovely", Givenchy once said.

The "enfant bad of Haute Couture" was born.

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