Few people earn the kind of accolades in their career that the mere mention of their name carries decades of accomplishments, fame, and beauty attached. But that can be said of Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away this weekend at 91 years old, according to WWD and the brand’s official Instagram account.
The prevalence of the Givenchy brand today—famously also led by the likes of the late Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci, and most recently Clare Waight—is the result of the designer’s years of work, beginning with an apprenticeship at a couture house at the age of 17 and later launching his eponymous label in 1952.
Of course, Givenchy is also the mastermind behind so many of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic fashion moments in history. Her little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the red gown with matching scarf worn in the Louvre in Funny Face, the lace masked ensembles in How to Steal a Million—these are but a few examples of Givenchy's work with the actress.
“Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met," Waight said of Givenchy to WWD. This loss is felt immensely across the industry but it's undeniable that his legacy will endure forever.
Keep scrolling for some of Givenchy's most memorable pieces of work.