Legendary Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Passes Away at 91
Legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous French fashion house, has died at the age of 91. His longtime partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he passed away in his sleep on 10 March.
“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” the house said in a statement to AFP.
Apart from revolutionising how women of style dressed in the 1950s and 1960s, it was Givenchy’s long friendship with another icon, Audrey Hepburn, whom he met on the sets of the Oscar-winning comedy Sabrina in 1953, that added to his fame. It was Givenchy who created the LBD - the “little black dress”.
“His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality,” Hepburn was quoted as saying of the legendary designer.
Givenchy had among his clients the former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, among others.