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Fashion designer Givenchy, 91, dies

Fashion designer Givenchy, 91, dies”

Givenchy was famous for designing much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn and clothing for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and had famously dressed Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news.

Givenchy first lent the actress clothes for the 1954 film Sabrina, after which she became his muse for 40 years.

Hubert de Givenchy, founder of fashion giant House of Givenchy, died in his sleep on March 10th.

"His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality", Hepburn once said of her friend.

The enduring appeal of Givenchy was showcased at this year's Oscars, where Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore a custom design.

Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy were other famous clients of Givenchy, a name synonymous with understated elegance.

In the 1960s United States first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted the Givenchy look for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shift dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.

"According to BBC:" Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952. He remained head of creative design for seven years before retiring in 1995, reports Elle UK. Among these are John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci; the last of which has recently moved on to front Burberry.

"Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest, most charming men I have ever met", Keller wrote on Instagram this week.

"The definition of a true gentleman that will stay with me forever", she said.



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