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FASHION IN FILM: AUDREY HEPBURN

Audrey Hepburn was one of the greatest actresses of her time and one of the most fashionable ladies in the world. Best known for her roles in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, Audrey's illustrious career is still being remembered and appreciated today. It was in these films that some of cinema's biggest fashion moments occurred. Here are some of the most iconic Audrey Hepburn movie looks!


Breakfast at Tiffany's

Source: L'Officiel


In Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Hepburn plays New York socialite Holly Golightly. The opening scene shows Holly emerging from a cab at the window of a Tiffany's store, dressed in the ever-so-elegant outfit that would come to be known as one of the most iconic looks in cinematic history. The look in question is a black, satin Givenchy dress, paired with Tiffany's jewels and long, black gloves. The dress was said to be Hubert de Givenchy's modern take on the little black dress, which originally found popularity in the 1920s. This ensemble became one of the most recognizable outfits in film history.


Funny Face

Source: The Guardian


Though Funny Face (1957) was not taken very seriously by film critics at the time, its sartorial success has always been undeniable. After it won an Oscar for Best Costume Design, it is hard to ignore how groundbreaking the styling in this film was. In Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn plays the frumpy Jo Stockton, a bookseller who gets pulled into the world of fashion and made into a model. Her transformation comes to a high point on the steps of The Louvre when she emerges in a red Givenchy dress. This dress was taken right from Givenchy's collection, and it marked the point in Hepburn's career when she claimed, "[Givenchy's] are the only clothes in which I am myself." Even today, this dress is called one of "pop culture's most show-stopping red dresses."


My Fair Lady


My Fair Lady (1964) featured Audrey as a poor flower-seller, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into a member of high society. Fully embodying status and class, Eliza attends the Embassy Ball in a white, beaded Givenchy gown with white opera gloves and jewels galore. One of the most iconic looks in this film and in film history as a whole, this dress has become a sartorial reference that influences clothing to this day. At the Met Gala in 2021, which was centered around American fashion, model Kendall Jenner wore a modern-day Givenchy recreation of this dress as the ultimate old Hollywood style homage.


Two for the Road


In Two for the Road (1967), Hepburn plays Joanna Wallace, a woman who embarks on a road trip with her husband as they reflect on their years of marriage. With several experimental looks throughout the film, the most daring outfit Joanna wears is Paco Rabanne's "The Unwearable Dress." Composed of metal disks chained together, the dress was paired with matching earrings and silver shoes. Despite Hepburn claiming it was one of the most uncomfortable outfits she had ever worn, the look was one of her most iconic. Vogue called this dress, in particular, synonymous with Audrey's sartorial influence.


Sabrina


Sabrina (1954) tells the story of a chauffeur's daughter named Sabrina, played by Audrey Hepburn, who travels around Paris. Throughout the movie, Sabrina becomes more and more sophisticated as she immerses herself in Parisian culture. At a grand party, she makes an entrance in this Givenchy dress with a bustle train overtop. This was the very first of Audrey's looks made by Givenchy and began the lifelong partnership that impacted both fashion and cinema forever. The ensemble was so widely known as an iconic look in cinema that the dress was purchased by Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds for their own personal collection and later auctioned off for over $200,000.


Throughout Audrey Hepburn's career, she influenced both film and fashion immensely. Not only did her partnership with Givenchy provide some of cinema's most iconic looks, but she managed to embody style and grace in everything she wore on screen and in real life. With such a glamorous history behind her, it is obvious that Hepburn's influence will last the test of time.



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