French fashion icon Givenchy dies at 91
Givenchy is survived by his partner Venet, his nieces and nephews, and their children.
The fashion world is mourning a great loss, as French fashion designer Givenchy passed away last week at the age of 91, as reported by BBC. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the French aristocrat who founded the House of Givenchy in 1952, died on Saturday. The family announced his demise via French news agency AFP on Monday.
“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” it said in a statement. The designer’s “nephews and nieces share Mr Venet’s grief,” it added.
His partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death at the Givenchy fashion house, declaring that he had died in his sleep on Saturday. The couple lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.
Givenchy set the field for ladylike chic in the 50s and 60s, and his restrained sense of style still portrays the way the Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress even now.
He was best known to the public as the creator of the film and personal wardrobes of his favorite and longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn, in movies like 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s' and 'Funny Face.' The actress was also reportedly his inspiration for his first perfume, L’Interdit.
His streamlined and timeless designs appealed to a massive swathe of prominent women, including Princess Grace of Monaco, Bunny Mellon, the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, Jane Fonda, Sao Schlumberger and Deeda Blair, etc.
“Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea,” the couturier said last year at the opening of the “Hubert de Givenchy” exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais.
“I am happy because I did the job I dreamt of as a child,” he said at a press conference, where he offered recollections about his professional and personal relationships with some of his prominent clients, as well as the lifelong object of his admiration and respect, Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Givenchy sold his fashion label, Givenchy Couture Group, to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in the year 1988 for $45 million, after 36 years of independent work. However, despite the sale, he remained to be the head of creative design for seven years before permanently retiring in 1995.
In the years to follow, the fashion house saw a number of different designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien McDonald. But it was only after Riccardo Tisci took over the label in 2005, that the label was once again put on the design map. With the help of his daring, Goth-tinged fashions during a stellar 12-year tenure, Tisci gave the brand its prominence in the fashion world that it enjoys now.
After Tisci’s departure in 2017, Clare Waight became the brand’s first female artistic director. She has referenced the fashion label's graphic designs with black-and-white advertising campaigns and mined a heterosexual territory with both masculine and feminine fashion shows.
Givenchy is survived by his partner Venet, his nieces and nephews, and their children. His family plans to hold a private funeral in his honor and requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to human rights organization Unicef in his name.
As soon as the news of his death hit the stands, fans and followers of the fashion giant gathered on social media to mourn their loss.
"The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress." "Hubert de Givenchy"— Ryma (@ryyma12) March 12, 2018
Another star of Haute Couture reached the sky
91 years of elegance
Au revoir Hubert de #Givenchy
Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/IFtOCFxI7t
Very sad to hear that French fashion designer and founder of the House of Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy - famous for the 'Little Black Dress' has died at the age of 91. Women will always be grateful to you for creating the LBD! #Givenchy— Amy Coleman (@Amydolface) March 12, 2018
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