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.

The designer is best known for the “little black dress” worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Furthermore, the designer broke from French couture tradition when he hired a group of nonwhite models in the early 1970s which are still considered controversial.

He dressed Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy and forged a timeless style for a golden age. The designer’s elegant tailoring and eye for a perfect line, combined with the unusually spare taste of Hepburn, created style magic. Together they forged a refined image of pared-to-the-bone glamour that still looks chic more than half a century later. As a result, we owe much to Givenchy for creating a sartorial language everyone was eager to learn and here, we celebrate the late designer’s work as seen on his most famous patron.

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Here are 5 of the iconic looks by Hubert de Givenchy

1. The Little Black Dress

It is a sleeveless, floor-length gown with fitted bodice embellished at the back with distinctive cut-out, the skirt slightly gathered at the waist and slit to the thigh on one side, accompanied by a pair of black elbow-length gloves.

Consequently, the little black dress attained such iconic fame and status that it became an integral part of a woman’s wardrobe.

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Breaking the look :

Black fitted long dress, rhinestone tiara, most noteworthy necklace, and pointy-toe pumps.

 

2. Audrey’s ‘Funny Face’

Hepburn insisted that Hubert de Givenchy design all her clothes for Funny Face, saying simply, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself.” Good thing the producers agreed, because the designer’s red gown lent itself to the most unforgettable wardrobe moment of the film.

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Breaking the look :

Red Bustier evening gown, suede slingback pumps, long satin gloves and crystal statement collar necklace.

3.  The wedding dress

On January 18, 1969, at age 39,  Audrey Hepburn married Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti. The ceremony was held at the town hall in Morges, Switzerland. Audrey Hepburn wore a pink wool dress with matching head scarf designed specifically for her by longtime friend, Hubert de Givenchy.

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Breaking the look :

Doodle-embroidered wool dress, Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Toilette Spray, patterned scarf, and white leather pumps.

4. The Coat-Dress

Hepburn serves as ultimate style muse in Charade, at the height of the 1960s. She stars alongside Cary Grant and sports round, oversize sunglasses, red and yellow wool coats designed by Hubert de Givenchy, leopard print headscarves and tiny pearl earrings.

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Breaking the look :

Mustard long coat, Staud Bissett bag, Carolee pearl stud earrings, and Gucci leather gloves with pearls.

5. The final collection

His final collection for the Fall/Winter season 1995-1996 ended his celebrated 43-year career. Before the show, he reportedly told his friends: “I’ve stopped making frocks, but not making discoveries. Life is like a book; one has to know when to turn the page.”

A model in large black hat, tilted to side and velvet black dress in July 1995

Still, haven’t found the inspiration you need to dress like a star? Maybe this season’s fall collection can help you with that. Have a look at Chanel’s http://blog.styledotme.com/chanel-fall-2018-ready-wear/ and Elie Saab’s http://blog.styledotme.com/elie-saab-fall-2018/ 2018 Fall collection!

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