Hubert de Givenchy - fashion legend extraordinaire - dies at 91

  • Hubert de Givenchy - fashion legend extraordinaire - dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy - fashion legend extraordinaire - dies at 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who dominated the industry for more than three decades and whose clothes were worn by movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91.

Since his retirement from fashion in 1995, Mr. Givenchy, who remained active in the arts as an antiques expert for Christie's, the Château de Versailles and the Louvre museum, and managed the French branch of the World Monuments Fund for several years, maintained several residences.

Givenchy's partner confirmed the sad news to AFP news agency saying, "It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died".

Born February 21, 1927, Givenchy founded the House of Givenchy in 1952.

It was Givenchy's 40-year friendship with Hepburn, whom he met on the set of the Billy Wilder Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend. The sleeveless black evening gown she wore in the movie, complete with rows of pearls, elbow-length gloves and oversized shades, would end up becoming Givenchy's most famous look.

Givenchy lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.

In 1988, he sold the house to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, the parent company of a stable of top fashion labels that now includes Dior, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Pucci and Kenzo.

Claire Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, said on Instagram she had the honour to meet and know the designer since she joined the brand. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day.

Fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, head of the giant LVMH group which now owns Givenchy, led the tributes, saying that "he was one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s".