French designer Hubert de Givenchy, who founded the Givenchy fashion house in 1952, has passed away aged 91. The iconic designer was nicknamed Le Grand Hubert due to his huge presence on the French fashion scene. He was known for immortalising the ‘little black dress’, worn most notably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hubert de Givenchy’s collaboration with Audrey Hepburn was a relationship that endured for 40 years. Hepburn became Givenchy’s muse and the actress wore many of the designer’s creations in some of her classic film roles, including Funny Face in 1957 and How to Steal a Million in 1966.
Givenchy was renowned for timelessly stylish looks that captured the attention of some of the world’s most beautiful women, including Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor. A symbol of Parisian elegance, he was credited for shining a light on French design, bringing his unique, beautifully feminine designs to the world up until his retirement in 1995. Clare Waight Keller became the brand’s first female artistic director in 2017, following other notable designers such as Alexander McQueen and Julian Macdonald.
The death of one of the most influential fashion designers of our time is a sad loss to the fashion industry.