Fashion Icon Givenchy dies at 91

By BBC
Fashion Icon Givenchy dies at 91
Fashion Icon Givenchy dies at 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 91.

His partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, confirmed the news to the AFP news agency.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died," he said via the fashion house.

The designer's nephews and nieces, and their children share Mr Venet's grief, his statement added.

Givenchy was perhaps most famous for creating the iconic "little black dress" worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Givenchy came from an aristocratic background and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.

He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952. There he introduced the concept of "separates" - blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched.

In 1970, Givenchy branched out into furnishing fabrics and designed interiors for hotels and even a Ford Continental car.

His fashion house's enduring popularity was clear on this year's Oscars red carpet, where Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman wore custom Givenchy, and Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot chose a gown from the label's 2018 Haute Couture collection.

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