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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.

Lucien Lelong, Paris, Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1934.  

Models: Virginia Kent and Peggy Leaf.