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Great Lose! Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion icon dies at 91

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Fashion Pillar of Romantic Elegance, Hubert de Givenchy passes away

Foremost French Fashion Designer, Hubert de Givenchy has died at the age of 91. The fashion icon was most popular for creating famous looks for the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly & Jackie Kennedy.

He was responsible for Hepburn’s famous “little black dress” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He also founded the famous fashion brand Givenchy.

The company confirmed his passing through a statement on their Instagram page.

They wrote;

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. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day. He will be greatly missed.

“Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century,” his label said on Monday.

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French business magnate Bernard Arnault, head of the luxury goods company LVMH which now owns Givenchy, called the designer “one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s”.

The designer had asked that his friends and admirers make a donation to the children’s charity Unicef in his memory, instead of sending flowers.

He had long since set up an alternative life as an “amateur d’art”, buying from artists he had met, Miró, Picasso and the sculptor Diego Giacometti. His real passion, though, was for the very best French furniture of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and over the decades his Paris apartment became a miniature Versailles. But he sold his collection in 1993 – too museum-like – and lived mostly in Le Jonchet, his manor house near Tours, with its gardens edged by 36,000 box bushes and its white roses in memory of Hepburn.

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Givenchy was awarded Paris couture’s Golden Thimbles in 1978 and 1982, and there were major exhibitions at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, in 1982, and the Musée de la Mode in Paris, in 1991.

He is survived by his partner, and fellow couturier, Philippe Venet.

• Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, couturier, born 21 February 1927; died 10 March 2018