The couturier passed away at age 91.
Hubert de Givenchy, one of France’s most famous and celebrated fashion designers, has died at age 91, according to a report issued by French news agency AFP.
“Mr. de Givenchy died in his sleep on Saturday, March 10, 2018,” says the statement from his companion, designer Philippe Venet. “His nephews and nieces and their children share their grief.”
Givenchy was perhaps best known for his work with actress Audrey Hepburn, who he dressed for films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face. He founded his namesake fashion house in 1952, where he remained at the helm until 1995. Givenchy sold to LVMH in 1988; after he retired, the conglomerate brought in designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien McDonald to head up the label.
In 2005, Riccardo Tisci took over and redefined Givenchy for the modern era, making it a red carpet favorite for celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, and Madonna. The label is now run by Clare Waight Keller, who took over in March 2017 following Tisci’s departure.
Waight Keller, who presented her Fall 2018 Collection for Givenchy in Paris last week, shared her condolences on Instagram, writing: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy. Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever. My deepest thoughts are with his loved ones in this difficult time.”