Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Famed French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

Famed French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91.

His family - his father was the marquis of Givenchy - had hoped their son would become a lawyer but the young man, who stood 1.96 meters (6 feet 5 inches) tall, was drawn to fashion and design from a young age, moving to Paris to study at 17.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", the designer's fashion house confirmed in a statement provided to Agence France-Presse. The couple had been living in a chateau near Paris at the time of his death.

Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and his mentor, Christobal Balenciaga, that redefined fashion in the wake of World War II.

Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s.

He dressed a plethora of fabulous women, including Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Onassis, Jane Fonda and the Duchess of Windsor. "He revolutionised worldwide fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years".

Givenchy sold his label, Givenchy Couture Group, to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1988 for $45 million after 36 years of running the company totally independently.

He was succeeded by controversial designer John Galliano, who held the position for less than a year, before making way for Alexander McQueen and, subsequently, Julien Macdonald.

Waight Keller, at the helm of the brand since previous year, said on her official Instagram account she is "deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet".

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