End of an era: Fashion designer Givenchy passes away

'Little black dress' designer Givenchy dies aged 91

'Little black dress' designer Givenchy dies aged 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 91.

Givenchy is best known for designing personal and film wardrobes for Hepburn, a movie star and enduring muse and close friend for 40 years.

The narrow-collared suits and slim woollen dresses Givenchy designed for the gamine actress for Funny Face and How to Steal a Million made both of them style icons. His impressive clientele included members of British aristocracy, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy among other noted dignitaries.

Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.

His label paid tribute to its iconic founder on social media as news of his passing broke, revealing "he will be greatly missed".

The Givenchy name and influence endures.

Born into a noble French family in 1927, Givenchy moved to Paris aged 17 to study fashion, and debuted his first collection aged just 24.

Givenchy also dressed screen legend and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly. Hubert de Givenchy in 1988, sold his fashion house to the luxury brand LVMH, and retired a few years later to a life of comfortable discretion.

"Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest, most charming men I have ever met", Keller wrote on Instagram this week.

"The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever".

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