Hubert de Givenchy - fashion legend extraordinaire - dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy - fashion legend extraordinaire - dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91.

"We are very sorry to announce that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy died", Venet said through the atelier of the famous fashion designer.

Last year, he opened his "Hubert de Givenchy" exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, where, according to WWD, he said: "Mine is one of the most lovely professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea".

Philippe Venet's partner confirmed the news of his death at the AFP agency, pointing out that Givenchy left his last breath at home on Saturday, March 10th.

"The 6'6" French designer was perhaps best known for the wardrobes he created for his longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn - kitting her out in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face.

French designer Hubert de Givenchy pictured on board a plane in 1957.

Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.

It was Givenchy's 40-year friendship with Hepburn, whom he met on the set of the Billy Wilder Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend.

"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".

Claire Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, said on Instagram she had the honour to meet and know the designer since she joined the brand.

Actress Audrey Hepburn shows a Givenchy design during a fashion show, in November 1954, in Amsterdam.

The French fashion tour de force is credited for popularizing the classic LBD. In 1958, he created the iconic Ballon coat and the Baby Doll dress.

After selling his empire to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) in 1988, Givenchy continued to work until 1995.