Founder of Givenchy, Count Hubert Marcel James Taffin de Givenchy, passed away on Saturday morning at 91 years old, his family has revealed.
The French designer founded the House of Givenchy in 1952. He was famous for designing wardrobes for his longtime muse and friend, film actress Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps his most famous creation is the dress worn by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1962. As an archetype of the “little black dress,” the garment is regarded as one of the most iconic fashion items of the 20th century and was auctioned for $923,187 to an anonymous buyer in 2006.
Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995. The house he founded was handed over to John Galliano, followed by Alexander McQueen, Julien McDonald, Riccardo Tisci and now, is under the creative direction of Claire Waight Keller, whose most recent collection showed during Paris Fashion Week.
Givenchy will be laid to rest in a private funeral attended by his partner Philippe Venet, their nieces, nephew, and their children. His family have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations to UNICEF be made in his name.
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