Famed haute couture fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

Famed haute couture fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is applauded by the models after he presented his last High Fashion collection Autumn/Winter 1995 in Paris July 11. Givenchy will be retiring at the end of the year. - Photo Reuters
PARIS: French haute couture fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy has died, confirmed Givenchy brand.

He was 91.

His friend, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday. 
Givenchy lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.

Givenchy opened his own design house in Paris in 1952. The company was acquired by luxury retail giant LVMH in 1989 but Givenchy designed for the brand until his retirement in 1995.

He was succeeded by controversial designer John Galliano, who held the position for less than a year, before making way for Alexander McQueen and, subsequently, Julien Macdonald.

Since 2005 the brand has been under the direction of Riccardo Tisci, who counts the Kardashians among his biggest fans.

Tisci recently left the company to replace Christopher Bailey as Creative Director of Burberry.