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Fashion titan Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

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Fashion titan Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

The famous fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has passed away, leaving behind a massive estate created by the Givenchy company.

"He revolutionized global fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years", the house of Givenchy said in a statement on Monday.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", Venet said. He went on to work with Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong in 1946, and then for Elsa Schiaparelli between 1947 and 1951.

The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as "a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century".

But it was his 40-year friendship with his muse Hepburn, who he met on the set of the Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend.

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Givenchy worked with the actress on two of her most aesthetically memorable films; Funny Face (1957) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

The red coat she wore on the campaign trail for the 1960 presidential election was a Givenchy copy. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day.

The announcement of his death came from the Givenchy fashion house, which is now owned by French luxury goods group LVMH.

In 1988, The House of Givenchy was sold to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy's Riccardo Tisci and its current chief designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first woman in the role.

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