Pioneering French designer Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91


"He will be greatly missed", the company said.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", his partner Philippe Venet said in a statement to AFP.

Givenchy retired from fashion design in 1995, leaving the house to John Galliano. Givenchy's legacy will live on in the Givenchy label's success and vitality. He maintained low overhead costs to keep down the prices of his designs.

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Givenchy was one of the first big designers to use black models, and in 1986 used only black models for one collection.

The fashion industry is mourning the loss of an icon. She became his loyal muse to whom he dedicated his perfume "L'Interdit". "You must never upset it, if you want the material to speak", he said. It was this association that many say led to his becoming a fashion legend. "He taught me to care for the details, that it was not necessary to sew on a button where it had no use, or to add a flower to make a dress unnecessary detail". So will his talent for designing understated but divinely covetable clothes. In addition to design, he was a French aristocrat and held the title "Count". Then after the event at Versailles, Jackie sent me a little postcard to tell me that General de Gaulle gave her a very nice compliment.

Celebrities who clamored for "the Audrey look" included actress Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Grace of Monaco and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He went on to work with Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong in 1946, and then for Elsa Schiaparelli between 1947 and 1951.

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Givenchy fashion house, which Givenchy founded in 1952, confirmed the news Monday on its official Twitter account.

Hubert de Givenchy in 2002. The Givenchy family's aristocratic roots are traced to 1713 and his ancestors designed sets for the Elysee Palace and the Paris Opera. "I extend my most honest condolences to his family and to all those who have known him", he continued. In 2017, when the British designer Clare Waight Keller became head designer at the fashion label, one of her first requests was to meet its founder.

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