American singer and actress Eartha Kitt looks at her reflection in a full-length mirror while French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy adjusts her dress, Paris, 1961 | photo Tony Vaccaro (Getty Images)
“Little by little, our friendship grew and with it a confidence in each other…There [was never] any criticism of the other person, no upsets.”
Audrey’s great friend and one of the most influential fashion designers of all time, Hubert de Givenchy, has died at the age of 91. Givenchy is the creator of some of Audrey most iconic looks featured in, “Sabrina”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Charade”, as well as several others.
Rest In Peace Givenchy and thank you for your incredible designs and contribution to fashion as well as being a great friend to Audrey!
Rest in peace, Hubert de Givenchy (20 February 1927 – 10 March 2018), the last of the post-war gentleman designers (Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Givenchy) who revived and rejuvenated Paris fashion after the depredations of the war years.
Above, he is fitting a dress on perhaps his most famous client Audrey Hepburn. After Sabrina, she insisted he would make all her costumes where appropriate. He also designed for Marlene Dietrich, Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and many many others.
Below is the iconic “little black dress” he created for Hepburn to wear in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fashion writers across America decreed that every woman needed to have such a little black dress in their closet suitable for all occasions.
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Hubert de Givenchy, one of the greatest couturiers of our time, has passed away at the age of 91. It saddens me to have to make this post. Hubert de Givenchy was synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and timelessness. Not only did he leave a lasting impression on the fashion industry but on my own life as well. His collaborations with Audrey on screen sparked my imagination as a child. Growing up, my mother and I would gather on our couch with a tea tray and a stack of books. There were several books that I would request we looked through every time, one of them being “The Givenchy Style”. Granted our copy is covered in tea stains, but it only proves how much we love that book. He was a master of his craft and his talent will continue to inspire and motivate many generations to come. Thank you, Hubert. Your genius will be remembered always and you will be dearly missed.