Actress Audrey Hepburn (center) with French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy in his workshop in Paris.

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Actress Audrey Hepburn (center) with French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy in his workshop in Paris.

Photographer: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis Historical

Tracing Givenchy’s Influence, from Audrey Hepburn to Beyoncé

A life in photos.

Hubert de Givenchy, the legendary French fashion designer, has died at the age of 91. He brought Parisian elegance to the rest of the world, dressing such style icons as Aubrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy after founding the House of Givenchy in 1952, guiding his label through its golden decades. 

Since Givenchy stepped down as head of creative design in 1995, designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Riccardo Tisci have kept the label present in pop culture, on extravagant runways, at the Met Gala, and on the Oscars’ red carpet. Givenchy’s fashion house, owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, remains in the spotlight under new creative chief Clare Waight Keller, who was hired in 2017. Here’s a look at the evolution of the Givenchy label through the years, from Holly Golighty to today.

Givenchy at Work

Givenchy at Work

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy during the early years at his design house at the Plaine Monceau in Paris, in October 1955.

Photographer: John Chillingworth/Picture Post

The Holly Golightly Look

British actress Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards. Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly, dressed in Givenchy, helped set fashion norms that would endure for decades.

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The Holly Golightly Look
A First Lady First

A First Lady First

Jacqueline Kennedy wore Givenchy to a state function with French President Charles de Gaulle in June 1961, adding to the designer’s mystique as a clothier for the world’s most famous figures.

Photographer: Historical/Corbis Historical

Fit for a Duchess

The Duchess of Windsor talks to Aileen Plunket, both wearing Givenchy striped dresses, at a party in Paris given by Princess Charles d’Arenberg, in June 1966.

Photographer: Lichfield/Lichfield Studios Limited
Fit for a Duchess
Supermodel Central

Supermodel Central

Nearly every supermodel has walked Givenchy’s catwalk over the years, including Naomi Campbell (left) and Kate Moss in John Galliano’s Spring/Summer 1997 pret-a-porter show.

Photographer: Thierry Orban/Sygma via Getty Images

McQueen’s LED dreams

For a short time, Alexander McQueen designed for Givenchy and took the label in a futuristic direction. His Fall 1999 ready-to-wear show was full of Tron-like circuits and lighting.

Photographer: Guy Marineau/Conde Nast Collection Editorial
McQueen’s LED dreams
Red Carpet Staple

Red Carpet Staple

Award-show red carpets have been a second home for Givenchy. Actress Zoe Saldana arrived at the 2010 Academy Awards sporting a dazzling Givenchy gown.

Photographer: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Enter Hip-Hop

Kanye West wore a Givenchy skirt when he performed in the "Watch the Throne" tour with Jay-Z at a 2011 show in Kansas City, Mo., helping jump-start the popularity of the fashion label in hip-hop.

Photographer: Jason Squires/WireImage
Enter Hip-Hop
Cultural Relevance

Cultural Relevance

Givenchy has not lost its luster in pop culture, from the big screen to the music studio. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine wore Givenchy at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. 

Photographer: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Genius at the Gala

Genius at the Gala

Beyoncé’s Givenchy dress was the talk of the 2014 Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

End of an Era

End of an Era

Riccardo Tisci’s final fashion show for Givenchy was held at the 2017 Paris Fashion Week. 

Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

Clare Waight Keller, formerly from Richemont’s Chloe label, took the creative reins at Givenchy in 2017. Her second show was held at Paris Fashion Week’s Womenswear, on March 4. 

Photographer: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe