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Remembering Couturier Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn in Hubert de Givenchy. Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, April 15, 1963

Maître Hubert de Givenchy has died at the age of 91. The French couturier founded the fashion house Givenchy, today helmed by Claire Wright Keller. The family reported that he passed away in his sleep on the evening of March 10th. Givenchy’s work first appeared in the pages of Vogue in March, 1952, photographed by Horst P. Horst. An exceptionally tall aristocrat (6’6″), he came from a family of tapestry weavers and worked for Schiaparelli. A visionary designer, he created couture separates for women to style themselves. He also worked for Cristobal Balenciaga. His clothes soon became recognized beyond Paris and around the world for their elegant and pure silhouettes.

He became close friends with actor Audrey Hepburn and often designed her movie wardrobes. Notably, he created the black dress that she wears in the opening scene of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The ’50s and ’60s were the couturier’s golden years.  His clothes were often void of embellishment but his expert cut ensured that they were always haute, particularly drawing attention to the “evening drama of the back.”

Maître Givenchy was also close with Dalida and shared his memories of her in the April 2018 issue of Vogue Arabia.

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