Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91
Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the house of Givenchy, died at his home on Saturday. He was 91.
The French fashion house confirmed the news on social media on Monday morning, remembering the late designer as a "major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic elegance."
The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/xapm0zSwDy— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) March 12, 2018
Current creative director Clare Waight Keller, who joined the house in 2017 following Riccardo Tisci's 12-year stint, wrote of Givenchy on Instagram, "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."
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. My deepest thoughts are with his loved ones in this difficult time.
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A French aristocrat, Givenchy founded his label in 1952 at the age of 25 after a four-year stint under Elsa Schiaparelli. Early in his career, he garnered attention stateside for his artist-muse relationship with Audrey Hepburn, with whom he also developed a close personal relationship. "I’m as dependent on Givenchy as some Americans are on their psychiatrist," the actress once said of Givenchy.
The pair first met in 1953 when Sabrina director Billy Wilder sent Hepburn to the young designer's Paris atelier to take in the culture of haute couture. Hepburn and Givenchy worked together extensively following their first encounter; he was responsible for the little black dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's and received costume designer credit for most of her contemporary films, including Love in the Afternoon, Funny Face, Charade and Two for the Road.
In addition to Hepburn, Givenchy also dressed screen darlings of the '50s and '60s including Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo and Grace Kelly, as well as Jackie Kennedy.
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