With him, one of the last witnesses of the golden age of real Haute Couture disappears.
Givenchy was just 24 in 1952 when he opened his own couture house, and in February that year presented his debut collection, featuring the Bettina blouse, which became an early emblem of his aesthetic.
Givenchy was one of the first designers to form on - and off-screen - design collaborations with celebrities, including one of his most famous clients and dearest friends, Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993).
Designing the slim-cut black jumpsuit and the strapless, embroidered organza gown immortalised in Sabrina, Givenchy forged a friendship with Hepburn that was to span seven subsequent films, creating some of the most iconic looks in cinematic history - including the famous black sheath dress worn by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Givenchy also designed for The Duchess of Windsor, The Princess Lilian of Belgium, Jackie Kennedy and The Princess Grace Kelly, amongst others.