Iconic French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, an aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in the 1950s, becoming famous for dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91, the Givenchy label said. We remember for him by looking back to the Givenchy retrospective shown in Madrid in 2014.
Born in Beauvais in 1927, Hubert James Taffin of Givenchy left his hometown at the age of seventeen to settle in Paris and study in a fashion house. He started at Jacques Fath and continued at Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong. He quickly became artistic director of the Place Vendôme boutique.
In 1952, he founded his own house in Paris. He presented his first collection in Paris at the age of 24, the collection showcased elegant blouses and light skirts combining architectural lines and simplicity of materials. He shortly became synonymous with elegance and an insouciant glamour.
Perhaps his most loyal muse was Audrey Hepburn, they met in the summer of 1953. He lent several models for her film Sabrina. It marked the beginning of a long collaboration and a deep friendship between the actress and the creator. He designed the black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
In 1957, Audrey Hepburn lent her face to the first fragrance of Hubert de Givenchy, L'Interdit, which was dedicated to her. In 1969, he created his men's ready-to-wear line called "Givenchy Gentleman". An esthete and collector, Hubert de Givenchy always embodies classic elegance tinged with spirit. He left the Givenchy house in 1995.