Died legendary designer Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy with audrey hepburn

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.

At Givenchy's final couture show in 1995, peers including designer Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and Oscar de la Renta paid their respects from the front row.

Hubert de Givenchy's black sheath dress worn by actress Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany's is arguably the most famous "little black dress" of all time. Along with Audrey Hepburn, he and the actress came to epitomize the designer-muse relationship, as well as essentially invent the concept of a brand ambassador.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy", Keller posted to Instagram along with a black-and-white photo of Givenchy. Then the rest wasn't so tough anymore. "Givenchy's lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played", Hepburn said of their partnership, when she wore that famous little black dress.

Givenchy's fame rised in the 1950's and for three decades he dressed some of the most lovely women in the world.

Known for his ideal manners and old-school charm, the tall and incredibly handsome designer was considered to be the pinnacle French elegance and refinement.

His hallmark creations, including balloon-sleeved blouses and calf-length pants with flared hems, were hailed in their time as airy alternatives to the tight waists and artificial curves of the then-dominant "New Look" of Christian Dior. The collection he markedly took quite the departure from other designers in putting an emphases on separates, and at the time he was only in his mid-twenties.

But he wasn't only creating iconic looks for Hepburn; Jackie Kennedy Onassis was also a big fan of Givenchy's touch.

GettyDesigners Hubert Givenchy and Philipe Venet attend the 22nd annual Golden Needle Awards 2002 June 24, 2002 at Hotel Santo Mauro in Madrid, Spain.

He founded his label in 1952 and sold it to a luxury conglomerate in 1988.

Givenchy was forced to retire in October 1995 when his contract was not renewed by the giant LVMH group which had bought his house almost 8 years earlier. His partner Phillipe Venet announced his death, they lived in a Rennaisance chateau near Paris.

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