18.02.12 Famous Designer Dies

March 13, 2018
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The Man Who Changed
Fashion Forever

He designed unforgettable looks for Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, and more than one princess.

Hubert de Givenchy passes away at age 91.

Givenchy & Hepburn

  • Audrey Hepburn took notice of the young Parisian designer when they were both still in their 20s.
  • He confused her with “Katharine Hepburn” & almost refused to meet with her when she arrived.
  • Givenchy designed the iconic gown in “Sabrina” & the little black dress in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.”

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Advice From Givenchy

‘The little black dress is the hardest thing to realize because you must keep it simple.’

Hubert de Givenchy



What the “Holly Golightly” black dress sold for in auction in 2006.

Auction Item: 2006

Givenchy: Backstory

  • Father died when he was 3.
  • Grandmother was the widow of a director of a chain of French tapestry workshops.
  • Rewarded for good behavior as a young boy with fabric scraps.
  • Opened his first shop at 24, using plastic mannequins because he couldn’t afford “live” models.

Givenchy Today

  • Givenchy sold his design house to LVMH (luxury brand company – includes Louis Vuitton) in 1988; his last collection was in 1995.
  • John Galiano, Roberto Tisci, & Alexander McQueen steered brand.
  • In 2017, Clare Waight Keller named first female artistic director.

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The perfect dress can make many things happen in a woman’s life. It can bring happiness. It is so nice to give happiness to your friends.’ Givenchy

by Jenna Lee,