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French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dead, aged 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dead, aged 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', has died at the age of 91.

The House of Givenchy paid homage to its founder as "a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolised Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century".

"He revolutionised international 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.

Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers, including Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, who redefined fashion after World War II.

A towering man with impeccable manners, he forged close friendships with his famous clients, among them Liz Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco.

He was born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on February 21, 1927, and founded his label in 1952, selling it to luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1988. He retired several years later?

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