Legendary French Fashion Designer Hubert De Givenchy Dies At 91

March 13, 2018

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has passed away at 91.

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The House of Givenchy made a brief statement about the passing of its creator:

The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of 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. He will be greatly missed.

The French icon is widely-known for being the creator of most of the personal and professional clothes of Audrey Hepburn, including the most famous black dress in the world, which she wore in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

© Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) / Jurow-Shepherd

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born in 1927 in Beauvais, France. He was raised by the most important women in his life - his mother and grandmother. His father died from influenza when Hubert was only three years old.

Hubert founded his renowned brand in 1952 when he was in his 20s, which quickly became one of the most distinguished in Paris.


Hubert had a long celebrity-filled client list, but the most important of them was his muse, an actress Audrey Hepburn, whom he met on the set of the film Sabrina in 1953. It was the start of 40-years long friendship that ended with Hepburn’s death in 1993.


The designer sold his business to the luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1988 and retired after presenting his final collection in 1995.

The aristocratic French icon has passed away in his sleep at the Renaissance chateau near Paris that he shared with his partner and fellow designer, Philippe Venet.


He represented the golden age of elegance and his legacy will continue to live on the screen and on the runway.

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