French fashion designer and founder of the house of Givenchy (Paris), Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, passed away this past Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the age of 91. Givenchy is best known for his partnership with longtime muse Audrey Hepburn, in which he created both her personal and film wardrobes, including her famous black gown and matching gloves from 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
The French aristocrat was known for his sleek, refined designs – worn by the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco and Jackie Kennedy Onassis – his towering six foot, six inch stature, and his attention to etiquette and discipline, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
Givenchy sold his fashion house to LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton (Paris) in 1988 for $45 million, and he remained at the helm until his retirement in 1995. He is survived by his partner, Philippe Venet, his nieces and nephews, and their children.