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April 22, 2016

Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is one of those rare women who carry grace and sophistication wherever they go. A dancer, an actress, a humanitarian, and an absolute style icon, Audrey has become a role model for many women. She has been voted the “most beautiful woman of all time” in the poll by Evian and “most beautiful woman of the 20th century” in the polls by QVC, and has earned her place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961 and in the hearts of millions.

Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn

Starting her career with the role of “Gigi” in a Broadway theatre production in 1951, she has since starred in such classics as “Roman Holiday“, “Sabrina“, “My Fair Lady“, legendary “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many others.

In the 1950s she became an alternative to such sex symbols as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, looking very different with her skinny body type and the natural sickness of her eyebrows. Both might be on trend now but were not in fashion at those times.

Her recognisable style was defined by her collaboration with Hubert de Givenchy, the famous French couturier, who dressed her in unique elegant looks both in and outside the movie scene. He started dressing Audrey after the film “Sabrina” when he thought he was invited to dress Katharine, not Audrey, Hepburn and was slightly disappointed at first when he found out. But working together on this movie ended up leading to a lifelong friendship and partnership, making Audrey a muse for many of Givenchy’s designs.

Audrey has been an inspiration to many, and she still is. Besides Hubert de Givenchy, she has also inspired fashion photographer Richard Avedon who took close-ups of her face with a focus on her distinct eyes, eyebrows and mouth. Another man to be inspired by Audrey was an Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo who created a shoe for her and made her an ambassador of his fashion house.


Audrey Hepburn