Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dead at 91

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Iconic fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday.

Givenchy's famous clients also included First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Wallis Simpson.

The black sheath dress he made for the opening scenes of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was perhaps the most famous "little black dress" of all time - although fellow Paris fashion legend Coco Chanel is credited with inventing the garment.

The enduring appeal of Givenchy was showcased at this year's Oscars, where Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore a custom design.

"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died", it said in a statement to AFP.

After apprenticing with other top names, Givenchy founded his own house in 1952.

Supermodel Iman and Hubert de Givenchy attend an annual AIDS benefit during the 55th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2002 in Mougins, France.

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"Givenchy was an innovator in the fashion world - a giant in many respects, who stood at 6'6". "Two years later he became the first designer to launch a high-end ready-to wear line".

The brand Givenchy remains synonymous with elegance.

The House of Givenchy on Monday called its late founder "a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century". Its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of only a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.

John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci have all since served as creative directors of the label, with former Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller now helming the house.

Waight Keller, at the helm of the brand since previous year, said on her official Instagram account she is "deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet". "I am deeply saddened by the death of Hubert de Givenchy".

He is survived by his long-time partner and former designer Philippe Venet.

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