French fashion designer, Givenchy, dies at 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy at the presentation of the exhibition 'Hubert de Givenchy' - an exhibiton of his fashion designs on display at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid Featuring: Hubert de Givenchy Where: Madrid, Spain When: 20 Oct 2014 Credit: Oscar Gonzalez/
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Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the “Little black dress” and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.

Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress.

His partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday.

The pair lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.


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