Saturday 18 August 2018

Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

 

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses at the office of his fashion house in Paris
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses at the office of his fashion house in Paris
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, 91, the creator of the famed "Little black dress" has died
Taken on July 01, 1978 shows French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy looking on in Paris
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, 90, attends a press conference to present an exhibition dedicated to his 40-year career at the Cite Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode (International Centre for Lace and Fashion) in Calais,
French designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy (R) pose together in the Galliera Museum during a reception honoring Givenchy for his 40 years in fashion
Evening sheath dress in satin, worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's by Black Edwards is displayed during the press preview exhibition "Hubert de Givenchy" at "Cite de la Dentelle et de la Mode" on June 15, 2017 in Calais
In this file photo taken on May 20, 2010 French fashion designer, aristocrat and founder of Fashion label Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy poses before a speech at Oxford University Union, Oxfordshire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous French fashion house, has died, his family announced today via French news agency AFP.

The esteemed fashion giant passed away on Saturday at the age of 91.

In an impressive career that spanned more than five decades, Givenchy was renowned for dressing the likes of British aristocracy and Audrey Hepburn, his longtime muse.

"Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea," the couturier said in 2017 at the opening of the Hubert de Givenchy exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais.

After founding the label in 1952 - the late fashion designer sold Givenchy to LVMH in 1988 and remained involved as head of creative design until his retirement in 1995.

A number of lauded fashion figures have since taken the reigns, including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci, who recently accepted the creative director post at Burberry.

French designer Hubert de Givenchy (L) and American actress Audrey Hepburn
French designer Hubert de Givenchy (L) and American actress Audrey Hepburn

The French fashion house is now headed up by Clare Waight Keller, who is the label's first female artistic director having previously been creative director at Chloé.

  • More to follow...

Independent News Service

Style Newsletter

Stay on top of the latest fashion, beauty and celeb gossip in our Style newsletter.

Also in this section