Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer and founder of Givenchy, has died in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 91. This is according a statement released by his partner, Philippe Venet, through the Givenchy couture house.
The French aristocrat founded his namesake label in 1952, where he specialized in Haute Couture and ready-to-wear fashion. Givenchy's elegant, lady-like designs were popularized by style icons of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and the former US first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.
However, it was his muse, Audrey Hepburn, who cemented his legendary status. The two struck up a 40-year friendship in 1953 after the Hollywood actress asked Givenchy to design her dresses for the film "Sabrina". The ivory ballgown that Hepburn wore in the film was just the first of many creations by the French couturier that would go down in both film and fashion history.