PARIS — The fashion world has lost a giant — figuratively and literally. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the 6-foot, 6-inch French aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, died Saturday at age 91, his partner Philippe Venet said Monday.
Givenchy was best known to the general public as the creator of the film and personal wardrobes of his longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn, in movies including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Funny Face.” The actress also inspired his first perfume, L’Interdit.
With his perfect manners and old-school discipline, the couturier had a distinguished presence that colored the fashion industry for more than 50 years. A consummate collector with an impeccable eye for objects as well as interior design, he leaves behind a fashion house that defined the very notions of refinement and elegance.
“I like to make beautiful things, to feel them in my hands. But I also love the pleasure of seeing a dress come alive on a woman. It’s a short-lived sensation, but there is nothing like it,” Givenchy said in 1982, when the Fashion Institute of Technology staged the “Givenchy: 30 Years” retrospective of his fashion house.
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