The fashion pillar of romantic elegance ,Hubert de Givenchy died at 91 on Saturday at his home outside Paris.He was known for upholding a standard of quintessentially romantic elegance in fashion for more than four decades, dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and memorably Audrey Hepburn, in a little black dress, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”The House of Givenchy confirmed on Monday via its official Twitter account.
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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.
Givenchy entered the world of fashion in 1944 at the age of 17, training under Parisian designer Jacques Fath. His first collection — which championed the concept of separates and featured flawlessly detailed embroidered pieces, chic silk prints and sophisticated ball gowns — immediately drew international recognition. During his illustrious career, Givenchy also styled the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Today, his label continues to be relevant and innovative, remaining incredibly popular with celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Kanye West and Rihanna. Beyoncé’s love of the fashion house’s style is well-known, with her having worn its creations to the last five Met Galas she attended between 2012 and 2016 (she didn’t attend the gala in 2017).
Givenchy gave up the fashion house in 1988 — it has been under the ownership of luxury goods group LVMH since then — with the founder retiring after his final collection in 1995.
RIP Hubert de Givenchy. A true cuturier. “The eternal apprentice” as he liked to call himself. He believed in beauty and he left us a more beautiful world. He dressed stars and created fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn. I hope you can now reunite with your teacher Balenciaga. pic.twitter.com/XCPm4JrYN3
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) March 12, 2018
Several people took to twitter to send their condolences to the couturier including Nina García, Elle magazine’s editor-in-chief,who posted: “RIP Hubert de Givenchy. A true couturier. ‘The eternal apprentice’ as he liked to call himself. He believed in beauty and he left us a more beautiful world. He dressed stars and created fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn. I hope you can now reunite with your teacher Balenciaga.”