If you were asked to choose the most iconic dress of the 20th century， you would say it had to be the Little Black Dress （the LBD） worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Even today， this sleeveless gown by Hubert de Givenchy looks as radically chic as it did 57 years ago.
Givenchys strength was his simplicity. Where other designers aimed for shock value， Givenchy honoured understated elegance and refined femininity.
But he was more than just the LBD. Take any other of his designs today， and they still look strikingly fresh.
His chic， understated frocks were synonymous with a golden age of fashion—adored not just by whippet-thin movie stars but ordinary women everywhere on account of their no-fuss glamour.
Little wonder， then， that celebrities， fashion aficionados and stylish women over the world are in mourning for the French designer who died this year in 2018 at the age of 91.
It was in 1953 that Givenchy met the relatively unknown Hepburn， agreeing to the introduction because he thought she was the long-established Hollywood star Katharine Hepburn.
Audrey had requested the meeting to discuss the possibility of wearing his dresses in Sabrina. Givenchys costume designs for that film won an Oscar and afterwards she repeatedly requested his dresses.
Hepburn also became Givenchys muse and his creations featured in seven of her films， from the white embroidered frock she wore in 1954s Sabrina to the scarlet strapless gown in 1957s Funny Face.
Givenchy said their close relationship was tantamount to “a kind of marriage” and Hepburn described the designer as “my beautiful Hubert”.
But Givenchys celebrity seal of approval didnt end there. He dressed the worlds most glamorous aristocrats， actresses and politicians wives.
Givenchy himself summed up his career，“To have lived your dream is very rare in life. I have been so fortunate.”
chic /?i?k/ adj. 时髦的，优雅的，雅致的
Everyone admired her elegance and her beauty
elegance /'el?ɡ?ns/ n. 高雅；（举止、服饰、风格等的）优雅
femininity /?fem?'n?n?ti/ n. 女性气质；女气；阴柔
synonymous / s?'n?n?m?s/ adj. 同义的
tantamount /'t?nt?ma?nt/ adj. 无异于；等于；效果与……一样坏
glamorous /'ɡl?m?r?s/ adj. 特别富有魅力的；富于刺激的；独特的