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Iconic French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91

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Ivan Hill | 16 March, 2018, 01:10

He also famously created the now-iconic "little black dress" that actress Audrey Hepburn wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Having only launched his own label the previous year, "I was in no position to take on such a big wardrobe for "Sabrina" and I told her that I couldn't dress her", saying that he did not have enough "petites mains" seamstresses in his studio. No wonder, that many celebrities chose incredible gowns by Givenchy for the public appearances. According to Head's biographer, David Chierichetti, Head banked on the fact Givenchy was "such a gentleman he would not make a fuss".

Born Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy in 1927 to an aristocratic family in the French city of Beauvais, he was largely raised by his mother and maternal grandmother; his father died in 1930.

The narrow-collared suits and slim woollen dresses that Givenchy designed for the gamine actress in Funny Face and How to Steal a Million made both of them style icons.

Hepburn previously said of the designer, "Everyone wants to look lovely and at least I feel lovely when I'm in his clothes and they give me great confidence". He went on to develop ready-to-wear and menswear collections, and his first perfume, L'Interdit (meaning "forbidden"), was created for Hepburn in 1957. During this span he introduced (simultaneously with Balenciaga) the revolutionary chemise or sack dress, acclaimed as "a genuinely new shape in fashion". He sold the Givenchy house to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1988, staying on until he retired in 1995.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
French fashion icon Givenchy dead at 91, reports say

The two also enjoyed a decades-long friendship until her death in 1993.

He was succeeded by a number of famed designers, including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien MacDonald.

Before starting in his own fashion line in 1952, Givenchy worked for fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

In more recent times under Tisci's leadership, the label has seen revenues grow by sixfold thanks to the Italian designer's dark aesthetic blended with contemporary streetwear trends.

Kim Kardashian West preferred Givenchy for her wedding.

Once, when asked if his talent was God-given or self-made, Givenchy replied: "Maybe he give [s] you the energy and belief, but you must yourself have these things, too".

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