Noted French designer Hubert de Givenchy passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday.His partner Philippe Venet told AFP, ”It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died.”
The ace designer styled a host pof ceelbrities like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. His designs have been favourite of royal ladies across the world such as Queen of England Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, etc. However, his muse was Audrey Hepburn, whom he has dressed for films like Breakfast at Tiffany and Funny Face.
Givenchy’s creations are best known for their classic quality. He was also credited with the creation of the little black dress. Born on February 21, 1927, Givenchy began has journey in 1945. He then went on to work for Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli. Givenchy finally founded his own label House of Givenchy in 1952.
His fashion house’s popularity was evident on the Oscars red carpet this year, as many celebrities including Black Panther Chadwick Boseman wore custom Givenchy designs. His demise has sent shockwaves across the global fashion landscape.
Givenchy came from an elite background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952. There he introduced the concept of “separates” – blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched.ubert de Givenchy was the most aristocratic of French designers, renowned for his own personal elegance and impeccable manners. He was born into a noble French family, and destined initially for the law. But at the end of World War Two, he persuaded his family to let him pursue his passion for clothes.