Hubert de Givenchy, Father of the House of Givenchy, Dies at 91

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Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, fancy french
aristocrat and founder of the House of Givenchy, has died at

Givenchy founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, but it was that
little black dress he designed for Audrey Hepburn to wear in
the opening credits of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that
firmly established his place as the go-to designer for a casual
yet studied elegance—dressing like a French woman before
lifestyle blogs urged you to buy red lipstick and drink more

Hepburn in 1953 on the set of Sabrina and
dressed her for Funny Face and How To Steal a
in the slim sheath dresses and feminine suits that
would become his trademark. Hepburn was reportedly the muse for
Givenchy’s fragrance L’Interdit, which was
especially for her. The exquisitely simple
tailoring Givenchy was known for also caught the eye of
Jacqueline Onassis, who wore Givenchy almost exclusively in her
White House years. The pillbox hats, the shift dresses, and the
low pumps that defined her look and inspired hundreds of other
women to follow in her stead, including various American
socialites of a certain vintage and
Queen Elizabeth II

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In 1988, Givenchy sold his couture house to fashion
conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton; he remained in
charge of the brand for another seven years until retiring in
full in 1995. John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien
McDonald all took a turn at the helm, but the label made waves
once again when guided by the occasionally problematic fave
Ricardo Tisci, who left
the brand
in 2017 after 12 years. Tisci’s goth sensibility
served him well (with some
), imbuing a classic line with a new, fresh point of
view that wasn’t always
but memorable just the same.

“I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress,” rapped
Beyoncé, who has worn a Tisci for Givenchy creation to the Met
Gala for
five years
in a row.

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“Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more
than half a century,” his label
in a statement. “He was the first creator to launch a
luxury ready-to-wear range. He revolutionised international
fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his
friend and muse for more than 40 years.” Tisci continued that
tradition, and Claire Waight Keller, the
first female creative directo
r for the house in its
history, is
doing the same.

Givenchy is survived by his partner, Philippe Venet, and his
nieces, nephews, and their children.

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