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How Mr Hubert De Givenchy Defined An Era Of Fashion

March 2018Words by Mr Ashley Clarke

Count Hubert de Givenchy in Paris, 1961. Photograph by Mr Tony Vaccaro/akg-images

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy may have been burdened with a wildly grand title, but the fashion designer, who died this weekend, definitely lived up to its prestige.

Nowadays, “iconic” is overused as a platitude, but there is no better word to capture the imminently recognisable clothing Mr Givenchy created. Take the black sheath dress worn by Ms Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. What is that if not iconic? Then there were outfits for Ms Jacqueline Kennedy, Ms Lauren Bacall, Princess Grace of Monaco, Ms Ingrid Bergman, Ms Greta Garbo… The list goes on.

Count Hubert de Givenchy during the last preparations for its collection spring, 1969. Photograph by Mr Bernard Allemane\INA via Getty Images