Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the French designer who founded The house of Givenchy, has died on Saturday, 10th March, at 91.
With him, probably die a whole era of femininity and elegance and a time in fashion when couturiers used to design entire collections for their muses.
In the case of Hubert de Givenchy, his muses were Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, for whom he created the little black dress she wore in the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn were so closely connected that you can’t talk about one without mentioning the other. The designer created all of Hepburn dresses in the films ‘Funny Face’, ‘Love in the Afternoon’, ‘Paris when it Sizzles’, ‘How To Steal a Million’, ‘Charade’ and ‘Love Among Thieves’. This means that Givenchy is responsible for the look that until today young women long to achieve!
After Givenchy’s retirement in 1995, the brand was handed to John Galliano, then Alexander McQueen, and in 2015 to the Italian designer Ricardo Tisci, whose signature is an aggressive aesthetic with a Transvestite as a muse. Hubert Givenchy had the opportunity to comment that in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily: “ I suffer. What is happening, doesn’t make me happy. After all, one is proud of one’s name.”
Beginning of March, Ricardo Tisci left Givenchy and was named the new Burberry designer. So very likely we can say that Count Hubert de Givenchy can rest in peace.