Givenchy dead: French fashion designer dies at 91

20 2010 French fashion designer aristocrat and founder of Fashion label Givenchy Hubert de Givenchy poses before a speech at Oxford University Union Oxfordshire

Givenchy dead: French fashion designer dies at 91

"The famous French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who had dressed major world cinema celebrities such as Ondrej Hepburn and John Kennedy's wife, Jackie Kennedy", died at the age of 91, according to the BBC.

The designer had styled the likes of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and legendary actor Audrey Hepburn.

Givenchy is survived by his partner Philippe Venet and his family has asked that instead of flowers, mourned donate to Unicef in his name. "His work remains as relevant today as it was then".

Since his retirement from fashion in 1995, Mr. Givenchy, who remained active in the arts as an antiques expert for Christie's, the Château de Versailles and the Louvre museum, and managed the French branch of the World Monuments Fund for several years, maintained several residences.

Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.

He had an impressive career that spanned more than five decades in the fashion industry.

It was Arnault, however, who is believed to have forced him to retire in October 1996 after buying his fashion house eight years earlier.

He had previously worked for designers like Dior, but he found himself to be more controversial and less conservative than others at the company.

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

"Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century. who revolutionised fashion", his label said Monday.

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