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Fashionista Of The Day: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey is clearly the most iconic fashionista featured so far on FOTD. It’s been over 50 years since her most celebrate role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and her image is still very current, and no wonder – her style is simple, classic and timeless, and the Givenchy Holly Golightly dress is one the most famous dresses of the 20th century, along with Marilyn Monroe’s white dress over the air vent in The Seven Year Itch. Audrey Hepburn’s style is synonymous with Hubert de Givenchy. He referred to her as ‘like a sister’, and she regarded him as her best friend. He created most of her outfits both for her films and for personal appearances; in the film How To Steal A Million, the male lead told her to ‘give Givenchy the night off’, encouraging her to dress down.

Audrey in Love In The Afternoon

Audrey in a Givenchy dress on the set of Funny Face

Audrey’s waif-like figure and sleek up-dos stood her apart from the other actresses of Hollywood’s golden age, such as Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Bettie Page who were all known for their voluptuous shapes and glamorous curls. At a time where the women in Hollywood were the original pin-up girls, oozing sex appeal and favouring provocative and seductive clothing, Audrey’s style was more refined and elegant; she was the epitome of poise and sophistication.

Audrey modelling a lace Givenchy gown

Audrey still looked phenomenal in later life. Givenchy was said to be amazed that in 35 years of dressing her, her measurements hadn’t change an inch. Hepburn dedicated most of her later life to charity work for UNICEF after retiring for Hollywood in the late 60s. Style became less important to her, yet she still remained graceful and aged beautifully, maintaining her signature simple and stylish look. Audrey was an incredible actress (one of only 11 people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards), and a kind, generous human being as well as one of the most beautiful and elegant style icons in history.

 

“”Givenchy gave me a look, a kind, a silhouette. He has always been the best and he stayed the best. Because he kept the spare style that I love. What is more beautiful than a simple sheath made an extraordinary way in a special fabric, and just two earrings?”

 

 

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