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Fashion pays its respects to chic Givenchy

Elegant gent: Hubert de Givenchy PICTURES: REX/ALAMY

READY-TO-WEAR fashion pioneer Hubert de Givenchy, who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s, has died aged 91.

The house of Givenchy, which he founded in 1952, paid tribute to ‘a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolised Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He revolutionised international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn (pictured), his great friend and muse for over 40 years. His work remains as relevant today as it was then.’

Givenchy, like Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, redefined fashion after World War II. Born into aristocracy, his famous clients also included Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco.

Claire Waight Keller, who now runs the brand owned by LVMH, said: ‘Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met.’