Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the French aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, died on Saturday at the age of 91, his partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, confirmed Monday.
"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died," he said.
The designer's nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet's grief, his statement added.
He was best known as the creator of the film and personal wardrobes of his longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn, in movies including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Funny Face.” The actress also inspired his first perfume, L’Interdit.
"It was... an enormous help to know that I looked the part... Then the rest wasn't so tough anymore. Givenchy's lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played...," Hepburn previously said of the designer.