He was almost as famous for his impeccable manners and charm as he was for the ground-breaking clothes he designed. Hubert di Givenchy was a gentleman of his industry, loved by his fellow designers and his clients.
The sadness that greeted his death in March – coupled with the warmth of the tributes that followed – demonstrated the affection in which this highly respected man was held.
A titan of fashion, Givenchy shook the industry by its lapels – politely of course. He was the first designer to use a famous person to endorse a fragrance when he chose Audrey Hepburn to represent L’Interdit in 1957. He was the first designer to work on interior design for hotels with Hilton in the 1970s, the first to use black models in a runway show, the first to use plastic in a wedding dress, and the first to use cotton in haute couture.