Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Hubert de Givenchy, owner of eponymous brand, has died

French fashion icon Givenchy dead at 91, reports say Hubert de Givenchy, the man behind the 'little black dress', and Audrey Hepburn's style, dies at 91
Wallace Pearson | 16 March, 2018, 01:13

Givenchy created one of the most iconic "little black dresses" in fashion history: the gown Hepburn donned in the opening scenes of 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

"Paris had been occupied by the Nazis and French fashion had been pretty much beaten in to the ground", said Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in NY.

Having only launched his own label the previous year, "I was in no position to take on such a big wardrobe for "Sabrina" and I told her that I couldn't dress her", saying that he did not have enough "petites mains" seamstresses in his studio. Givenchy described her as an awesome human being.

GettyDesigners Hubert Givenchy and Philipe Venet attend the 22nd annual Golden Needle Awards 2002 June 24, 2002 at Hotel Santo Mauro in Madrid, Spain.

Givenchy will be remembered as a pioneer of pure lines and flattering elegance, an aesthetic summed up in the motto he shared with Balenciaga: "Make it simple, make it pure".

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French designer Hubert de Givenchy pictured on board a plane in 1957.

Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy, said on Instagram that she is "deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet". This has become one of the designer's most notable creations and is one of the key pieces why Givenchy is often credited as the creator of the little black dress. The actress also inspired him to create the first perfume - L'interdit. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts to train to become a fashion designer, and his mother introduced him to the couture houses. What followed was a four-decades-long friendship between the two. He remained head of creative design for seven years before retiring in 1995, reports Elle UK.

His design journey started in 1945, he went on to work for Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, before starting his own label in 1952. His successor was the far-more radical British designer John Galliano.

More recent fans of the brand include Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Rosamund Pike, Gal Gadot, Rooney Mara and the Kardashian clan.

Kim Kardashian West preferred Givenchy for her wedding.

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