Fashion Icon Hubert de Givenchy Has Passed Away

Fashion Icon Hubert de Givenchy Has Passed Away

The French haute couture designer died at age 91.

The French haute couture designer died at age 91.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

The fashion house Givenchy announced early Monday morning that founder Hubert de Givenchy has died at age 91. The designer is often accredited for inventing the "little black dress" and dressing the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, creating Hepburn's signature dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

"He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years,” the house said in a statement. “His work remains as relevant today as it was then.”

After retiring in 1995, the fashion house has been under the creative direction of designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien MacDonald. In 2017, Riccardo Tisci left the brand after twelve years and Clare Waight Keller was appointed as artistic director. Today, Keller posted on her Instagram that she is "deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honour to meet."

Givenchy owns an unmatched legacy on the international fashion stage and will forever remain an icon in world of French Haute Couture. He is survived by his partner, Philippe Venet.

Credits: COVER IMAGE: Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn at a dress fitting in 1950s, (Keystone/Photononstop/Screen Prod) ©Diltz. (Right) Givenchy created Hepburn’s entire wardrobe for “Funny Face”, Paris, 1956, (Magnum) ©David Seymour.

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