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Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy (91) dies

Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy (91) dies

With her graphic, black-and-white ad campaigns and coed runway shows, the designer continues to uphold Hubert de Givenchy's fashion legacy.

Of his fifty year oeuvre, Givenchy is probably best known for his long-time collaboration with muse Audrey Hepburn, costuming the actress for several films, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Funny Face".

Hepburn's first-ever Oscars dress - a white floral gown so famous it has its own Wiki page - was another of de Givenchy's creations. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day.

He dedicated L'Interdit, his second of four perfumes, to Hepburn, and in 1988, when the state of California presented him with a lifetime achievement award, she presided at the ceremony.

The House of Givenchy confirmed on Monday via its official Twitter account.

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The fashion industry is mourning the death of French designer and stylist Hubert de Givenchy. He remained head of creative design for seven years before retiring in 1995, reports Elle UK. "It was...an enormous help to know that I looked the part", began Hepburn, some time ago. "He will be greatly missed", the company announced.

"The definition of a true gentleman that will stay with me forever", she said. Unlike the decorative work at Dior, Givenchy's designs were innovative and chic, which set the fashion template for women in the 1950s and 1960s. "He revolutionized global fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years".

Givenchy served apprenticeships with other designers - Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet and the exuberant, iconoclastic Elsa Schiaparelli - before venturing out on his own.

"Then she arrived, so graceful, young and bubbly and dressed like a young girl would be today", he said of her two years ago as an exhibition about their friendship, "To Audrey with love", opened in the Dutch capital, The Hague. "He revolutionized worldwide fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years", said the label in a statement released by LVMH.


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