'Little black dress' designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

Hubert de Givenchy with audrey hepburn

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The famous fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has passed away, leaving behind a massive estate created by the Givenchy company. His illustrious list of patrons included the Queen of England Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy (of course), Jane Fonda and Babe Paley, among other world dignitaries.

Givenchy's partner, former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, said he died in his sleep in their Renaissance chateau near Paris on Saturday.

"Hubert de Givenchy was a symbol of Parisian elegance for more than half a century", his label said on Monday.

With his flawless manners and old-school charm, the tall and handsome designer was the very acme of French elegance and refinement.

It was Givenchy's 40-year friendship with Hepburn, whom he met on the set of the Billy Wilder Oscar-winning comedy "Sabrina" in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend.

Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in almost a dozen films, including the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

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Claire Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, said on Instagram she had the honour to meet and know the designer since she joined the brand.

It was also the Givenchy look that former United States first lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted for her White House years, sticking to a uniform of shifts dresses, pillbox hats and low-heeled pumps.

Kennedy Wore the Ziberline dress in 1961 to a dinner at The Palace Of Versailles In France.

The designer founded one of the world's leading fashion houses in Paris in the 1950s, before making his way to North American markets.

"Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met", she wrote. "Givenchy's lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played.", Hepburn previously said of the designer.

"He was among those designers who placed Paris firmly at the heart of world fashion post 1950 while creating a unique personality for his own fashion label", according to a statement released by LVMH.

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