Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hubert de Givenchy, 1927-2018

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who would probably be best known to movie fans for supplying actress Audrey Hepburn with her wardrobe, has died at the age of 91.

Givenchy started his association with Hepburn by designing the dresses that she wore in Sabrina, at least the stylish stuff from after she returns from her sojourn in Paris. Givenchy wasn't credited with these dresses on screen, but he would get credit for other of Hepburn's movies, notably the little black dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Oscar-nominated costume design in Funny Face. I don't think he ever did traditional movie costume design; just the stylish clothes that Audrey Hepburn wore.

Givenchy remained friends with Hepburn for the rest of her life, and also designed clothers for a bunch of other famous women, not only actresses like Ingrid Bergman but notably first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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