The legendary fashion icon, who was the founder of the eponymous French fashion house, died on Saturday.
Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.
Even today, Givenchy remains a star-studded brand.
A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, Givenchy forged close friendships with his famous clients, including Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.More news: Trump aide abruptly fired - then hired by Trump's 2020 team
Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927, in Beauvais, Oise in northern France.
Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw white cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.
"Le Grand Hubert", as he was often called for his 6-foot, 5-inch frame, became popular with privileged haute couture customers, among them Gloria Guinness, Wallis Simpson and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.
But the client whose name would become nearly synonymous with the house was Audrey Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy "Sabrina". Hepburn was also the face of Givenchy's first fragrance L'Interdit.
It was Givenchy's friendship with Hepburn, who he met on the set of the Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy Sabrina in 1953, that helped make him a fashion legend.More news: New 2018 Ford Fiesta ST: Limited Slip-Diff, Launch Control and more
Before the need to diversify the fashion industry became increasingly urgent with each decade passing, before it became commercially lucrative to include people of colour in ad campaigns and on the runway, and before inclusion became a "trendy" tactic employed by the industry to hush the voices calling them out, Hubert de Givenchy had black women modelling his collections at fashion shows as early as the late '70s.
The leading gentleman of haute couture once said that 'dressing a woman is to make her more beautiful-isn't that the point of it all?
"He was the first creator to launch a luxury ready-to-wear range".
Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy's Riccardo Tisci and its current chief designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first woman in the role.
The designer, who learnt his craft under Cristóbel Balenciaga, became a giant of the fashion world in every sense.More news: Facebook is a "beast" of dissension and conflict
He is survived by his long-time partner and former designer Philippe Venet.