Fashion legend Hubert de Givenchy dies, aged 91

Hubert de Givenchy, Dead at 91

Fashion Flashback: Hubert de Givenchy

In 1981, The House of Givenchy was split into a perfume line, which went to French champagne house Veuve Clicquot, and a fashion branch that was acquired by is European multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH in 1989.

Hubert Taffin de Givenchy, French fashion designer, has died aged 91.

Mr. Givenchy had his first fashion show back in 1952, when he was only 24-years old.

The leading gentleman of haute couture once said that 'dressing a woman is to make her more beautiful-isn't that the point of it all?

Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in almost a dozen films, including the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

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"Givenchy's clothes are the only ones in which I feel myself".

"To dress a woman is to make her attractive", the late designer, who resigned in 1996, once said.

Along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers who redefined fashion after World War II.

His label paid tribute to its iconic founder on social media as news of his passing broke, revealing "he will be greatly missed".

His label said on Monday: "Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century... who revolutionised fashion".

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DailyMail UK reports that Venet, a former haute couture designer, confirmed the news through the Givenchy fashion house. ', Proving that a life well lived is a life with a goal fulfilled, as his Midas touch clothed some of the most lovely women of the golden era of haute couture - Bettina Graziani, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Gloria Guinness, Mona von Bismarck, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis amongst others.

Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy were other famous clients of Givenchy, a name synonymous with understated elegance.

In recent years, the label has dressed everyone from Jordan's HM Queen Rania al Abdullah, Margot Robbie and Meryl Streep.

Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy's Riccardo Tisci and its current chief designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first woman in the role.

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