Hubert De Givenchy

Celebrity French fashion designer, Hubert De Givenchy, has died at the age of 91. His partner, Phillipe Venet confirmed his death. Venet affirmed that the late Givenchy passed on while sleeping on Saturday night. The stylish French designer was worldly known for ‘The Little Black Dress’ and famous dressing people like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. The late set the guide on how to dress ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s.His tasteful style still apprises on how the Queen, noble Americans and Chinese dress.
The tall and dapper designer was a representation of classical appeal and the very epitome of French grace and refinement. The Designers family members, including his nieces and nephews, expressed their great grief over his death. Givenchy started his own design house in Paris in 1952, but it was his four decades’ friendship with Audrey Hepburn that helped him become a fashion icon.

Both Givenchy and British actress Hepburn emerged as fashion idols when he designed her narrow-collared suits and slim woolen dresses in the movies she featured; ‘Funny face’ and ‘how to steal a million.’ Hepburn once stated that Givenchy was not only a designer but a creator of personality. Reason solely being that his designs were the only clothes in which she was able to be herself. The late Givenchy once compared design to magic stating that a designer was perhaps a sort of magician who creates illusion and even beauty. He further said that In Haute couture, couturiers were like cosmetic surgeons, doing away with imperfections and refining silhouettes.

During her time at the White House, former first lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy took on Givenchy’s style of pillbox hats, shift dresses, and low-heeled pumps. Furthermore, Kennedy made a noted grand entrance at a state dinner at the palace of Versailles in a white silk faille dress by Givenchy. In 1960, she wore a Givenchy imprint of a red coat on a campaign trail. Givenchy’s label further enumerated that he revolutionized fashion and that he was an emblem of Parisian charm.

British-born designer Claire Waight Keller, who is Givenchy’s current fashion designer, described Givenchy as one of the most influential designers of all time. She also labeled how stylish and amiable he was. Fashion Bigwig Bernard Arnault, who heads the retail giant LVMH, which acquired Givenchy Fashion house in 1989, also paid his respect to the late. He remarked that Givenchy was one of the founders who put Paris at the peak of the world fashion in the 50’s. However, Arnault is believed to be the one who forced Givenchy to retire from his company in 1996. John Galliano replaced Arnault. Givenchy’s final couture show was in July 1995 in the Grand Hotel at the Paris Opera.

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