Legendary Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy has died at the age of 91.

This was confirmed by his partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, in a statement released to the AFP news agency.

“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” the statement read.

The statement added that the icon’s nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet’s grief.

“Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century,” his label said Monday.

Givenchy was a fashion heavyweight who styled celebrities including Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy.

He was perhaps most famous for creating the iconic “little black dress” worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“It was… an enormous help to know that I looked the part… Then the rest wasn’t so tough anymore. Givenchy’s lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played…,” Hepburn previously said of the designer, the BBC writes.

Born into French aristocracy, Givenchy worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two, before leaving to found his own fashion house, the House of Givenchy, in 1952.

His fashion house’s enduring popularity was evident on this year’s Oscars red carpet, when stars, including Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, wore custom Givenchy designs.

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