Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the French fashion house that bears his name, died over the weekend aged 91. The designer is often attributed with the creation of the Little Black Dress and making it a staple for female wardrobes worldwide after creating Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.
While he was in the industry, he was favoured by the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco and shared a close bond with his former muse, Audrey Hepburn. After the founding of Givenchy in 1952, Hubert was a big player in the fashion industry from the age of 24 after showcasing his first collection. His work became synonymous with quintessential Parisian chic and feminine elegance.
During the 1950s, he is noted with creating alternative, unrestrictive garments that were different to the ‘New Look’ from Dior of tight-fitted skirts and fabricated skirts that were prominent at the time. The fashion house went on to branch into menswear, fabric design and even hotel design over the course of the next fifty years. Hubert retired from designing in 1995 and under Riccardo Tisci in 2005, Givenchy returned to its pinnacle as a global fashion brand.
Current Givenchy creative director, Clare Waight-Keller, stated on Instagram that she was “deeply saddened” by the loss. “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.”
See some of our favourite Hubert de Givenchy looks below.
The House of Givenchy pays homage to 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. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day. He will be greatly missed.
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