Fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy, dies at age 91

The Frenchman founded in 1952, the famous fashion house Givenchy. He was best known to the general public for the clothing of his muse Audrey Hepburn.

Hubert de Givenchy in his garden in the South of France © isopix-Christopher Simon-Sykes.

The dress of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, who doesn’t know them? The man responsible for this iconic look, the French designer Hubert de Givenchy, is on Saturday, march 10, died. That informs his family via the press agency AFP.

Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was born in 1927 in france Beauvais, in a noble family. Count de Givenchy became at a young age, fascinated by the beautiful dresses of the guests on societyfeestjes of his parents, and founded in 1952 – when he was 25 – the fashion house Givenchy. He was known for his nice ways, and discipline. His idol and mentor was Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s © gf

The couturier was the personal designer of the actress Audrey Hepburn. The Givenchy designed both the clothing that they on the set wore, as her personal wardrobe. The actress was also the inspiration for the first perfume, ‘L’Interdit’.

His designs were still in use by many other famous women, from princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Kennedy and Jane Fonda. The Givenchy sold his label in 1988 to 45 million euros to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. He remained on board as chief designer, until in 1995 he retired.

In the years after his retirement, was the Givenchy followed by a range of designers, including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien McDonald. Riccardo Tisci came in 2005 at the helm of the fashion empire and remained there for twelve years, the creative leader. In 2017 followed Clare Waight him on, the very first female artistic director of the brand.

The French couturier died Saturday in his sleep, confirms his partner Philippe Venet to AFP. He was 91 years old.


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