Legendary Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Has Died at 91
He founded his fashion house in 1952.
BY JONATHAN EVANS | Mar 12, 2018 | Fashion
Hubert de Givenchy, who founded The House of Givenchy in Paris in 1952, died at the age of 91 this Saturday. The news was shared by his family Monday through the French news agency AFP, WWD reports.
Givenchy was famously responsible for the wardrobe—both on film and in life—of longtime friend and muse Audrey Hepburn, who he met on the set of Sabrina. He also designed the iconic "little black dress" she wore in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's. In addition to his renowned work with Hepburn, the designer, born in 1927, also outfitted figures like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly. His ready-to-wear collection launched in 1954 and a men's collection followed in 1969.
Givenchy retired from design in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano and, later, Ricardo Tisci, who oversaw ready-to-wear and haute-couture design for Givenchy from 2005 until 2017. Clare Waight Keller is now the creative director of the fashion house.
Givenchy is survived by his partner, Philippe Venet, and his nieces, nephews, and their families. His impact on modern fashion design will no doubt prove to be a towering and long-lasting legacy. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations to Unicef be made in his name.
From: Esquire US