Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Famous Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies: What Was His Net Worth?

Famous Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies: What Was His Net Worth?

Although claim to the invention of the little black dress is more often attributed to Coco Chanel, who had already popularized the look, or to the many designers who had made black dresses before her, the style instantly became associated with Hubert de Givenchy.

On Twitter, the brand's official account wrote, "The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century".

Givenchy, famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.

Born to an aristocratic family in Beauvais, France, the designer gained global fame for his work with with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn.

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Venet said Givenchy died in his sleep on Saturday. A year later, he met Hepburn on the set of the Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy Sabrina, which formed the genesis of a friendship that would span four long and successful decades.

Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.

Actress Audrey Hepburn shows a Givenchy design during a fashion show, in November 1954, in Amsterdam.

French designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy pose together 21 October 1991 in Galliera Museum during a reception honoring Givenchy for his 40 years in fashion.

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It was also the Givenchy look that former United States first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shifts dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps. In 1958, he created the iconic Ballon coat and the Baby Doll dress.

In 1988, he sold his namesake brand to LVMH which owns Louis Vuitton but remained the lead designer until 1996.

Givenchy is survived by his partner Venet, his nephews and nieces, and their children.

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