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One of fashion’s last great legends, Hubert de Givenchy , died on Saturday at age 91, in news that became public on Monday. The French fashion conglomerate LVMH acquired Givenchy’s brand in 1988, and the designer retired from fashion in 1995, succeeded by John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci , and Clare Waight Keller , each of whom has reimagined Givenchy’s design legacy in his or her own way. But to say that Givenchy’s influenced only the fashion world would be to shortchange a designer responsible for some of the iconic looks of old Hollywood — worn by Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, and, most famously, Audrey Hepburn . The French aristocrat founded his eponymous house in his mid-20s in 1952, and launched his ready-to-wear collection in 1954, coming into his own alongside fashion’s most recognizable names, including Christian Dior and his mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga. The fashion world celebrated Givenchy’s first collection, giving him credibility among Parisian couturiers and, soon after, Hollywood. The tale of Givenchy and Hepburn’s first meeting and subsequent designer-muse relationship has been told and retold countless times, at anniversary exhibitions of the designer’s work, at the time of Hepburn’s death in 1993, and again in 2014, when Givenchy dedicated a book of sketches to Hepburn, To Audrey with Love . The U.K. newspaper the Telegraph noted at the time “ what fashion experts say is the couturier’s main contribution to his art, that he was responsible for keeping alive the standards of haute couture after the Second World War . ” Givenchy met Hepburn on the set of her movie Sabrina , having been asked to help create costumes for the film. Givenchy declined, citing a mid-collection workload, but gravitated toward Hepburn, “inspired by her youth, gamine look, and elegant spirit,” according to the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York . Givenchy would ultimately be nominated for an Academy Award in costume design in 1958 for Hepburn’s film Funny Face , and of course, went on to create the Breakfast at Tiffany’s little black dress that cemented Hepburn’s place in cinematic iconography. Eventually, Givenchy would translate his working relationship with Hepburn in cinema into his own business, launching the first actress-designer perfume, L’interdit , which was to serve as a model for the way actresses carry perfume campaigns today (think: Charlize Theron promoting Dior’s J’adore and Natalie Portman’s Miss Dior campaigns.) Still, the pair’s great devotion to each other surmounted whatever financial success it brought them. Of Hepburn, Givenchy gushed in 1982: “Audrey knows everything that is good for her. She gives me direction.” As Hepburn said of Givenchy: “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier; he is a creator of personality.” Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
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Photo: Corbis Mary Ellen Mark, one of the world’s greatest documentarians, died in Manhattan on Monday. Mark became enchanted by photography as a student at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to travel the world gathering the trust of the people she met along the way and somehow finding the humanity in rather inhumane conditions, gravitating toward people who were generally regarded as outcasts. In addition to her photographs, Streetwise became a documentary that was directed by her husband and longtime creative collaborator Martin Bell. One look at her website and you’ll notice the encyclopedic cataloging of celebrity shoots ranging from President Bill Clinton to Christy Turlington.
Photo: Dr. Brandt, world renowned dermatologist, who worked on the faces of everyone from Madonna to supermodel Stephanie Seymour, has died. There is some speculation that he had become depressed after the New York Post pointed out similarities between the dermatologist and Martin Short’s character “Dr. Franff” on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Dr. Brandt, who was profiled in the New York Times last year, wasn’t just famous for his clientele, but for experimenting with some of the most innovative techniques on himself. Can I get that cream?” She also interviewed Dr. Brandt for Interview magazine alongside her friend, art collector, Warhol muse, and Dr, Brandt-fan Jenny Holzer.
The most memorable scene captures Miss Piggy’s first day working at the beauty counter at luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. After a troublesome lunch break, Piggy asks her co-worker, played by Joan Rivers, “Do you think I’m pretty?” Rivers then uses her signature over-the-top, offbeat sense of humor to show Piggy how a little rouge, lipstick, and defined eyebrows—“But pigs don’t have eyebrows!”—can lift your spirits. Rivers might have been heavy-handed with her application, but when I think about it, she was probably partly responsible for making me move to New York City and pursue a career in beauty. People today may know Joan Rivers as someone who made snarky comments about red carpet attire, but she was a pioneer in the world of comedy.