French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, passed away in his sleep on Saturday at 91 years old. He died at the Renaissance Chateau outside of Paris, which he shared with his partner Philippe Venet.
Givenchy was best known for dressing celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis just to name a few. He popularized the “little black dress,” dressing Hepburn in a plain, elegant black dress for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy style was feminine and elegant; he perfected the polished, classic style of couture fashion in the mid to late 1900’s.
The designer learned his craft from fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Givenchy soon became well revered for creating designs with “extreme elegance.” No other designer could create ensembles so effortlessly stunning as Givenchy could. In addition to design, he was a French aristocrat and held the title “Count.” This most likely inspired his regal, refined designs.
In 1988, the Givenchy label was sold to the LVMH luxury group. However, Givenchy still remained head of creative design for the next seven years, until 1995.
The house of Givenchy commented on the designer’s lasting influence saying,
“He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years. His work remains as relevant today as it was then.”
The fashion industry is mourning the loss of an icon. Givenchy lived a seemingly full and success life however his incomparable talent and creativity will surely be missed. Givenchy’s legacy will live on in the Givenchy label’s success and vitality.