French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 91.
Givenchy studio released news of his death.
Sad to tell everyone that the founder of Givenchy Studio Yubert de Giving died. He is a celebrity in the French high fashion industry and has a global reputation. He is also a gentleman who represents Paris' fashion and elegance over the past 50 years. We will always miss him.
His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news.
The enduring appeal of Givenchy was showcased at this year's Oscars, where Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore a custom design.
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot in Givenchy couture at the Oscars/Reuters
But the designer is best known for the "little black dress" worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The friendship between Givenchy and Hepburn endured for 40 years, and helped cement his place in fashion - and cinema - history.
She became his muse, and he designed her suits and woollen dresses for the musical Funny Face in 1957, and the light-hearted heist caper How to Steal a Million in 1966.
Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.
His family -- his father was the marquis of Givenchy -- had hoped their son would become a lawyer but the young man, who stood 1.96 metres tall, was drawn to fashion and design from a young age, moving to Paris to study at 17.
He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952.
His first collection -- unveiled in 1952 -- won recognition the day it was presented: Givenchy rang up 7 million francs (approximately 1 million euros) of orders, enough to allow him to pay off his backers and assume ownership himself.
There he introduced the concept of "separates" - blouse, skirt, jacket and trousers combinations that could be mixed and matched.
In 1988, he sold his fashion house to the luxury brand LVMH.
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