PARIS, France — Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91.
The French designer, who handed away on Saturday, was largely related to actress Audrey Hepburn, a lifelong shopper who enlisted Givenchy to design a lot of her iconic Hollywood costumes.
Born in 1927 in Beauvais, France, Givenchy initially studied legislation earlier than coming into the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
The designer labored alongside Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, earlier than opening his home in 1952. A yr later, he met Hepburn. He was among the many first to recognise the ability of enlisting a movie star as an envoy and designed the little black gown she wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
The couturier, recognized for his female and timeless clothes, went on to design for a spread of esteemed girls, together with the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Countess Mona von Bismarck, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo, amongst others.
Givenchy branched out into menswear in 1969, and a yr later, he started designing furnishing materials.
After greater than 30 years in cost, he offered his label to the French luxurious items group LVMH in 1988 (Henry Racamier, LVMH’s former vice chairman, oversaw the acquisition for a reported $45 million in 1988.)
The eponymous designer stayed on underneath LVMH management earlier than retiring in 1995. His successor was John Galliano, adopted by Alexander McQueen, though each usually ignored the founder’s legacy. After a stint by Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci took the inventive helm on the model from 2005 till 2017.
Beneath Tisci’s inventive management, the corporate reportedly grew revenues by greater than sixfold, fuelled by the Italian designer’s darkish and sensual collections, social media prowess and influential movie star supporters. (Tisci is now heading to Burberry to hitch former Givenchy chief government Marco Gobbetti.)
Clare Waight Keller, who spent the final six years at Chloé and is now inventive director of Givenchy, stated on her official Instagram account she is “deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honour to meet.”
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