French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who is known for styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, died at the age of 91.
The news was confirmed by Philippe Venet, Givenchy's partner and a former couture designer, who spoke to the AFP agency saying the following: ""It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died."
Givenchy was known for his restrained style and chic yet conservative cuts in the 1950s and 1960s.
The French aristocrat founded the House of Givenchy in 1952, and his passing has led to a huge hole in the international fashion landscape. Count Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was best known for dressing his friend and muse Audrey Hepburn, especially in the films Breakfast at Tiffany and Funny Face.
Based out of Paris since the age of 17 where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the designer was born as the younger son of the marquis of Givenchy Lucien Taffin de Givenchy and his wife Beatrice on February 21, 1927.
His design journey started in 1945, he went on to work for Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, before starting his own label in 1952.
He is survived by his partner Venet, his nephews and nieces, and their children.