Aristocrat and designer Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy died on Saturday, aged 91. "He will be greatly missed". "Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met".
Thus began a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in almost a dozen films, including the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
Born February 21, 1927, Givenchy founded the House of Givenchy in 1952. At the age of 17, he relocated to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two. It was this association that many say led to his becoming a fashion legend.
Audrey Hepburn was a long-time friend and muse to designer Hubert de Givenchy.
He was quoted by AFP as saying: "He was one of the creators who put Paris at the summit of world fashion in the 1950s".
He dressed a plethora of fabulous women, including Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Onassis, Jane Fonda and the Duchess of Windsor.
His fashion house's enduring popularity was clear on this year's Oscars red carpet, when stars, including Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, wore custom Givenchy designs.
De Givenchy founded one of the world's leading fashion houses in Paris in the 1950s and then struck out for NY, going on to build a business empire that became part of the LVMH empire when he sold up in at the end of the 1980s.
The fashion world has lost one of it's largest (literally) characters. In 1958, he created the iconic Ballon coat and the Baby Doll dress.
In 1969, the designer launched a menswear line called Givenchy Gentleman. The company was acquired by luxury retail giant LVMH in 1989 but Givenchy designed for the brand until his retirement in 1995. It went on to acquire Givenchy Parfumes later too. Since his final runway show, his successors have included everyone from John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci to most recently, Clare Waight Keller, who is the brand's first female Artistic Director.
The designer's nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet's grief, his statement added.