Iconic French Fashion Designer, Hubert De Givenchy, Dies At Age 91

Iconic French Fashion Designer, Hubert De Givenchy, Dies At Age 91

Iconic French Fashion Designer, Hubert De Givenchy, Dies At Age 91

Born Feb. 21, 1927, in the provincial city of Beauvais, north of Paris, Givenchy was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents after his father, a business executive and amateur pilot, died when he was a toddler. Agence France-Presse was first to report the designer's death, citing a statement from his partner, Philippe Venet.

De Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927 to an an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais, AP reports, and founded his label in 1952. At the end of World War Two, he convinced his family to let him pursue his love, fashion.

He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris when he was seventeen-years-old.

One of fashion's last great legends, Hubert de Givenchy, died on Saturday at age 91, in news that became public on Monday.

But Givenchy was perhaps best known for his decades-long friendship with his muse Audrey Hepburn, which blossomed while she was filming her 1954 hit "Sabrina". "Jackie asked for more than 10 or 15 pieces, saying 'I don't know if I can be dressed by a French designer'". "Then the rest wasn't so tough anymore. Givenchy's lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played", Hepburn said of their partnership.

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Givenchy's fame rised in the 1950's and for three decades he dressed some of the most handsome women in the world.

The French fashion conglomerate LVMH acquired Givenchy's brand in 1988, and the designer retired from fashion in 1995, succeeded by John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci, and Clare Waight Keller, each of whom has reimagined Givenchy's design legacy in his or her own way. He created the notion for separates.

His first collection - which championed the concept of separates and featured flawlessly detailed embroidered pieces, chic silk prints and sophisticated ball gowns - immediately drew worldwide recognition.

Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s, and its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.

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

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