Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

French Fashion & Stylist To Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Was 91

French Fashion & Stylist To Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Was 91

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

Tributes to Givenchy emphasized his impeccable taste as well as manners.

Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in almost a dozen films, including the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's". "He revolutionized global fashion in creating the timeless looks for Audrey Hepburn, his friend and muse for more than 40 years".

The fashion guru's designs continue to impress in the celebrity world today as this year's Oscars saw Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wear a custom Givenchy design.

Givenchy was known for creating several iconic dresses for actress Audrey Hepburn, including the embroidered white dress she wore in "Sabrina" (1954) and the black column dress she sported in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy, ". He also created Hepburn's personal clothes. Givenchy went on to whip up the costumes for a number of Hepburn films, including Charade, Funny Face, How to Steal a Million and Paris When It Sizzles.

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Givenchy's designs were also sought after by the likes of former first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly. The definition of a true gentleman.

Another homage during the most important cinematic night of the year was delivered by Chadwick Boseman.

The aristocratic couturier founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and became an icon of French fashion during the prosperous decades following World War II.

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

After more than 30 years in charge, he sold his label to the French luxury goods group LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton in 1988, staying on under LVMH control before retiring in 1995.

Givenchy is survived by his companion and French couture designer, Philippe Venet.

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