French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, an aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in the 1950s, becoming famous for dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91, the Givenchy label said on Monday.
A portrait taken on March 1, 1987 shows French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy cutting printed material with scissors at the office of his fashion home in Paris. Venet verified that Givenchy died in his sleep on Saturday.
With his ideal manners and old-school charm, the tall and handsome designer was the very acme of French elegance and refinement.
"He revolutionized worldwide fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years", the house of Givenchy said in a statement on Monday.
The narrow-collared suits and slim woollen dresses Givenchy designed for the gamine actress for "Funny Face" and "How to Steal a Million" made both of them style icons. "He revolutionised global fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years".
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Givenchy's name will forever conjure images of timeless designs worn by some of the world's most attractive women including Princess Grace of Monaco, Bunny Mellon, and the Duchess of Windsor. "In haute couture, we are cosmetic surgeons, erasing imperfections and refining the silhouette. for isn't a couturier a magician of sorts, who creates illusion and perhaps beauty itself".
It was also the Givenchy look that former USA first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shifts dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.
The red coat she wore on the campaign trail for the 1960 presidential election was a Givenchy copy.
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 lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played.", Hepburn previously said of the designer.
Givenchy poses with the golden thimble of the French fashion on January 28, 1982 in Paris.