Fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91

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French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, famous for founding The House of Givenchy, has passed away aged 91. The news was confirmed by his partner, Philippe Venet, to the AFP news agency. "It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died," he said.

After briefly working for avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Givenchy left to set up his own fashion house in 1952. From there, he quickly became a notable figure in the fashion world, dressing some of the best-known women of the time (such as US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy) and introducing the concept of "separates" - blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be mixed and matched. He also famously created the now-iconic "little black dress" that actress Audrey Hepburn wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

He continued to run The House of Givenchy for three decades before selling it to luxury brand LVMH in 1988 and retiring a few years later. "[Givenchy was] one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s," said Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH.

He will be sadly missed by the fashion world and beyond. Rest in peace, Hubert de Givenchy.

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