Famous French Fashion Designer “Givenchy” Dies At 91

French Fashion Designer "Givenchy" Dies At 91

French Fashion Designer “Givenchy” Dies At 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who dominated the industry for more than three decades and whose clothes were worn by movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91.

The House of Givenchy confirmed on Monday via its official Twitter account.
“The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He will be greatly missed,” the company announced.
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.

Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on Feb. 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II. Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches. He spent two years learning the basics of fashion design, from sketching to cutting and fitting haute couture styles.

After apprenticing with other top names, Givenchy founded his own house in 1952. His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks that were the norm among Paris couture purveyors.

Givenchy gave up the fashion house in 1988 — it has been under the ownership of luxury goods group LVMH since then — with the founder retiring after his final collection in 1995

French Fashion Designer "Givenchy" Dies At 91
In this 1952 file photo, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses with mannequins in his shop in Paris.

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