Although claim to the invention of the little black dress is more often attributed to Coco Chanel, who had already popularized the look, or to the many designers who had made black dresses before her, the style instantly became associated with Hubert de Givenchy.
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, surrounded by three models, receives the "golden thimble" in Paris on January 28, 1982.
"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", it said in a statement to AFP. "He will be greatly missed".
A towering man with impeccable manners, he forged close friendships with his famous clients, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco.
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De Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927 to an an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais, AP reports, and founded his label in 1952.
"Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing", wrote Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller on his passing, "but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met".
"He revolutionized global fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years", the house of Givenchy said in a statement on Monday.
Givenchy's name will forever conjure images of timeless designs worn by some of the world's most handsome women including Princess Grace of Monaco, Bunny Mellon, and the Duchess of Windsor.
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Audrey Hepburn was a long-time friend and muse to designer Hubert de Givenchy.
Givenchy poses with the golden thimble of the French fashion on January 28, 1982 in Paris.
His fashion house's enduring popularity was clear on this year's Oscars red carpet, when stars, including Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, wore custom Givenchy designs. In 1958, he created the iconic Ballon coat and the Baby Doll dress.
The announcement of his death came from the Givenchy fashion house, which is now owned by French luxury goods group LVMH.
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