French Style Icon Hubert de Givenchy Dies Aged 91

Givenchy was perhaps most famous for creating the iconic LBD worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Hubert de Givenchy, iconic french fashion designer, has passed away.

His partner, Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, that Givenchy has died, at 91 years-old.

Having founded the house of in 1952, the 6ft 6" french man quickly became a household name.

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During his immense career, Givenchy dressed icons such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Kennedy and Gloria Guinness and is widely recognised for his contribution to everyone's favourite Audrey Hepburn film, Breakfast At Tiffany's, for which he made that black dress, which eventually sold for £467,000 at auction in 2006.

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Last year, at the opening of the 'Hubert de Givenchy' exhibition at the Museum of Lace and Style in Calais he told the audience, 'Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea,' he continued, 'I am happy because I did the job I dreamt of as a child.'

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Inspired by the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy sold his namesake label to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1988 for $45 (£32) million after 36 years of independence. He remained head of creative design for seven years before retiring in 1995.

Despite the news only breaking minutes ago, tributes have already begun on social media:

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His partner said in a statement that, 'It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,' also noting that Givenchy's nephews and nieces share in his grief.

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