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French fashion icon, Hubert de Givenchy, dies aged 91

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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. There he introduced the concept of “separates” – blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched.

The French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy created famous looks for Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and his legendary styles for Audrey Hepburn.

Among many other accolades, Givenchy was awarded Paris couture’s Golden Thimbles in 1978 and 1982, as well asbeing showcased though major exhibitions at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, in 1982, and the Musée de la Mode in Paris, in 1991.

Givenchy passed away today, at age 91, this March, the 12th, 2018. His legacy will live on through his art and the pioneering ways of his unique eye for beauty and women’s style.


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