French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

13 March, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • 20 2010 French fashion designer aristocrat and founder of Fashion label Givenchy Hubert de Givenchy poses before a speech at Oxford University Union Oxfordshire

"There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn", De Givenchy said, according to Donald Spoto's book "Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn".

Even today, Givenchy remains a star-studded brand.

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born in 1927 in Beauvais, France.

FILE- In this July 26, 2006, file photo, .

Givenchy, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Christobal Balenciaga made up the elite foursome of Paris-based fashion designers that emerged in the wake of World War II.

Givenchy has marked a place for himself in the fashion history books.

"There (was never) any criticism of the other person, no upsets".

A towering man with impeccable manners, he forged close friendships with his famous clients, among them Liz Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. Boseman seems to be a fan of the elegant minimalistic style by French fashion house as previously he chose another creation from the SS2018 for the Black Panther European Premier. At age 25 he opened his own fashion house Givenchy, becoming the youngest of the creators of high fashion.

A British fashion declared his first collection: "These dresses remind you of that first, best, glass of champagne", Reuters notes.

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Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw white cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.

The "enfant bad of Haute Couture" was born.

In her sleeveless black gown, with rows of pearl at the neck and oversized sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly defined understated elegance. His association with Audrey Hepburn added a sophisticated sparkle to these attributes (and gave birth to the "Sabrina" neckline). Instead the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in cigarette trousers, a T-shirt and sandals. Givenchy soon became well revered for creating designs with "extreme elegance".

In his early career, he worked with notable fashion icons who mentored him including Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, and Lucien Lelong. "Two years later he became the first designer to launch a high-end ready-to wear line".

Givenchy retired from his label in 1995, but it continued to thrive under the direction of artists such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and is now helmed by Clare Waight Keller.

"It was...an enormous help to know that I looked the part", began Hepburn, some time ago. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day.

Fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, the chief executive officer of the LVMH group, led the tributes.

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy at his design house at the Plaine Monceau in Paris, circa 1955.

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