French fashion icon, Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91


French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy, who created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 91.


The news was confirmed by his partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer through the Givenchy fashion house official Twitter page.

He died at the Renaissance chateau near Paris that he shared with his partner and fellow designer, Philippe Venet.

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. There he introduced the concept of “separates” – blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched.


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