Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer whose understated style represented a golden age of elegance, has died aged 91 last night.
The iconic designer has styled many celebrities and has created some of the most iconic looks of all time.
Here’s decoding 5 iconic looks from the late style maven:
Audrey Hepburn’s Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This has to be one of the most talked about looks in the last decade. Start of a new genre, which went to become the classic #LittleBlackDress and rules the fashion world even today. Classic, tailored and stitched to fit, LBD has till date seen many versions, both long and short of it.
Grace Kelly’s Green Givenchy dress
The late Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, wore this emerald green dress on her visit to the White House in 1961. This number created a lot of buzz, owing to the standout headgear teamed with a perfectly tailored dress.
Red Hepburn’s Flowy gown from the ‘Funny Face’
Audrey wore this red gown in ‘Funny Face’, a 1957 musical. This dress got famous as the vibrant number that was embraced by Hepburn as her style. She went ahead a gave a statement as to ‘she feels more like herself’ when dressed in Givenchy fashion.
Jacqueline Kennedy’s Givenchy gown
Jacqueline Kennedy donned this Givenchy number for a dinner party at the Palace of Versailles. This has to be one of the best creations of the late designer. The evening gown was made of ivory ziberline (a heavy silk fabric with a twill weave) which featured an A-line skirt. The bodice of the dress was heavily embroidered with roses and lilies of the valley created by Hurel with silk thread, ribbon and seed pearls, which made this gown a special one.
Beyone’s Nude Gown at the Met Gala,2005
Beyonce has been critiqued a lot of times for her fashion sense. She, being a Givenchy regular, wore this nude statement gown at the Met Gala and received a lot of mixed reviews for the same. While some applauded her for her bold sense of experimenting, the trolls left no stone unturned to demean her fashion sense.
De Givenchy retired in 1995, but his innovative fusion of fashion and celebrity remains a significant part of his legacy. So will his talent for designing understated but divinely covetable clothes. May his soul rest in peace.