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Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91

12 March 2018, 05:42 | Myron Mathis

Hubert de Givenchy – fashion legend extraordinaire – dies at 91

Fashion titan Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

Famed French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died at age 91, the couture house bearing his name confirms.

A portrait taken on March 1, 1987 shows French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy cutting printed material with scissors at the office of his fashion home in Paris.

Since his retirement from fashion in 1995, Mr. Givenchy, who remained active in the arts as an antiques expert for Christie's, the Château de Versailles and the Louvre museum, and managed the French branch of the World Monuments Fund for several years, maintained several residences.

Born to an aristocratic family in Beauvais, France, the designer gained global fame for his work with with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn.

His label, according to BBC, said Monday: "Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century". "He will be greatly missed".

De Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927 to an an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais, AP reports, and founded his label in 1952.

"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". The designer was known for styling his muse and British actress Hepburn.

It was also the Givenchy look that former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shifts dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.

Fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, head of the giant LVMH group which now owns Givenchy, led the tributes, saying that Givenchy "was one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s". In 1958, he created the iconic Ballon coat and the Baby Doll dress. Many collaborations later, in 1981, the House of Givenchy was split with the perfume line going to Veuve Clicquot, and the fashion brand being bought over by the European firm LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE for reportedly $45 million.

The designer's nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet's grief, his statement added.

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