French Designer Hubert de Givenchy Has Passed Away


Hubert de Givenchy, iconic French designer, passed away on Saturday, March 10, at the age of 91. His longtime partner Philipe Venet confirmed the news in a statement to AF on Sunday.

The French designer founded his namesake fashion house, Givenchy, in 1952. With a penchant for classic, elegant pieces, Givenchy was most famous for dressing style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. He also is credited with inventing the shirt dress. His relationship with Hepburn spanned over 40 years and was instrumental in solidifying the actress as one of Hollywood’s best dressed women of all time.

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Givenchy designed the white floral gown Hepburn wore to her first Oscars award ceremony and the black column dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many other creations.

Hepburn in Givenchy in Sabrina, 1954.

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Another Givenchy creation in Sabrina.

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Hepburn in Givenchy at the Oscars in 1954.

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Hepburn in Givenchy in Love in the Afternoon, 1957.

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Hepburn in Givenchy in Breakfast At Tiffany

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Kennedy in Givenchy while in Paris, 1961.

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Kennedy wearing Givenchy in Versailles, 1961.

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The Givenchy brand joined LVMH in 1988; Givenchy himself retired in 1995. The luxury fashion house released an official statement via Twitter on the passing of its founder: