Hubert de Givenchy, the founder of the house of Givenchy, passed away on Saturday, the 10th of March, at the age of 91. His family confirmed the news on Monday morning. The designer who worked for Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli before founding his own fashion house in 1952 was considered a leading name in the international fashion scene and his creations have been sported across the globe. Soon after starting his own label, he met Audrey Hepburn, who became his lifelong muse and shaped the future of Givenchy's fashion legacy. She was the Givenchy girl and Hubert made sure that everyone knew it!
Givenchy famously designed the famous little black dress Hepburn wore in the opening scene of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and also created looks for her roles in 'Funny Face' and 'Sabrina', paving the way for future designers' role in cinematic fashion. Throughout his career, the designer went on to dress a string of elegant, esteemed women including Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Greta Garbo and more.
The French designer's work was marked by Parisian elegance and sophistication that saw its impact in the cinema, on the red carpet and on the chicest of women all around the world. Givenchy stepped down as the head of design in 1995. Since his departure from the fashion house, an array of designers have taken reins of the label, including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci and, currently, Clare Waight Keller, the house's first female creative director.
Here's looking back at some of his most iconic designs...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Kim Kardashian West
Givenchy, fashion designers will continue to take inspiration from your work over the years and one thing is for sure...You will be deeply missed...