Fashion pays its respects to chic Givenchy

Fashion pays its respects to chic Givenchy

Hubert Taffin de Givenchy, French fashion designer, has died aged 91. Givenchy also designed clothes for her in the 1957 film "Funny Face".

With his ideal manners and old-school charm, the tall and handsome count was the very acme of French elegance and refinement. His most celebrated, perhaps, was Audrey Hepburn-their friendship lasted for 40 years. "There he introduced the concept of "separates" - blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched".

"Givenchy's clothes are the only ones in which I feel myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality", Hepburn once said of him. Credited with putting Paris on the fashion map in the 50s, the designer was a real creative mind and visionary.

Aside from Hepburn, his notable clients included American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore a Givenchy suit to the funeral of her husband, President John F Kennedy, in 1963.

His label said on Monday: "Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century... who revolutionised fashion".

Givenchy was born into an artistic Italian-French family of marquises, the Taffin de Givenchys. "Like me he always respected the woman's body, never inflicting what was cool but only what was flattering".

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French aristocrat and fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses on July 27, 1978 in Paris.

Givenchy also dressed screen legend and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.

"The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever".

"According to BBC:" Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952.

Givenchy took his bow on the catwalk in his atelier's smock, and with characteristic modesty brought on all his loyal "petites mains" seamstresses to share the applause.

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