Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91 - his masterworks are immortal

Nadja Beschetnikova
March 12, 2018

Givenchy’s partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday.

Givenchy has marked a place for himself in the fashion history books. Aristocratic Frenchman revolutionized the style in the 1950s and 1960s, creating timeless elegant and ladylike looks. Givenchy was perhaps most famous for creating the iconic Little Black Dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Hepburn, who he met in 1953 at the set of the Oscar-winning film «Sabrina», was his friend and muse for over 40 years. The film was a lucky break for the creative duo: Hepburn became the highest-paid actress in the world, Givenchy gained fame and respect as one of the most influential designers.

Their partnership enriched the world fashion with a lot of unforgettable iconic looks. Givenchy created Hepburn’s wardrobe for seven subsequent film roles.

Givenchy was the first creator to launch a luxury ready-to-wear range. He founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. After 36 years of independence, Givenchy sold his label to LVMH in 1988 for $45 million.

His creations were a symbol of Parisian chic and elegance. No wonder, that many celebrities chose amazing gowns by Givenchy for the public appearances.

Creation from the Spring-Summer collection was often seen at the recent film festivals and society event.

The latest stunning red carpet moment was Gal Gadot at the Oscars. The Wonder Woman actress wore a 1920s-inspired silver metallic dress from the brand's Spring-Summer 2018 collection. 

Another homage during the most important cinematic night of the year was delivered by Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther star wore a custom-made Givenchy Haute Couture outfit from the SS18 collection. Boseman seems to be a fan of the elegant minimalistic style by French fashion house as previously he chose another creation from the SS2018 for the Black Panther European Premier.

Rosamund Pike gave a glamorous touch to the rather casual Berlin Film Festival, wearing Givenchy twice during the event. She appeared in a classic elegant little black dress during the photocall, and then she stunned in a dazzling white gown while hitting the red carpet at the premiere of her latest film 7 Days in Entebbe.

Margot Robbie wore a Givenchy Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 outfit, designed by Clare Waight Keller to the BAFTAs. 

Kim Kardashian West preferred Givenchy for her wedding. The stunning custom made white lace gown designed by Riccardo Tisci rightly entered the top of the best wedding dresses.

The glamorous Givenchy gowns attracted not only the stars but also the royal families and first ladies.

Among his clients were Baroness Pauline de Rothschild, Baroness Gaby Van Zuylen van Nijevelt,  Baroness Sylvia de Waldner, the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Empress Farah Pahlavi and many others.