Audrey Hepburn is an emblem in the fashion world. Her distinctive and elegant style still lives on in women around the world today.
In 1957, fashion designer Christian Dior suddenly passed away, leaving his empire in the hands of a 21-year-old assistant named Yves Saint Laurent, who also became a legend in the fashion world.
Yves Saint Laurent introduced a series of innovations in women's fashion, becoming a trendsetter in the coming years. He started to experiment with new styles and materials, bringing into vogue the tubular silhouette and glamorous images.
Other influential designers during this period were Hubert Givenchy, Claire McCardell, and Bonnie Cashin. The ideal of feminine elegance was represented at that time by the famous actress Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Original Look of Audrey Hepburn
The charming Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, from an English father and a mother belonging to a Dutch aristocratic family.
She captivated the audience with her beauty, aristocratic manners, and graceful movements, which represented not only a new look but also a unique image of femininity. Also, her pixie haircut and her swan neck happily complemented any outfit she wore.
Audrey's elegance was the exact opposite of some of her contemporaries like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, especially since by the commonly acknowledged standards of the 1950s, Hepburn was too tall and too thin.
Her entirely original look, as well as the clothes Audrey Hepburn wore, accentuated her slender body instead of creating false curves.
Audrey was a captivating combination of glamor and sophistication with innocence and fragility. She remained a representative figure in the fashion of the fifties and sixties, her elegance being still a source of inspiration for many women.
Like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn adopted an uncomplicated style, with simple lines, choosing clothes that emphasized her tall and thin physique.
Givenchy Meets Audrey Hepburn
According to the Epoch Times, the famous designer Hubert Givenchy created the actress' outfits for movies like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Sarada" (1964), "How to Steal a Million Dollars" (1966), and others.
And because the first impression matters, here's what Hubert Givenchy said about the moment he met Audrey Hepburn.
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"I was told that Miss Hepburn was coming to choose clothes for her new movie - 'Sabrina.' I thought this was fantastic. When the studio door opened, in the doorway was a young woman, very thin, very tall, with deer eyes, short haircut. Audrey wore sweatpants, a T-shirt, slippers, and a red ribbon gondolier hat that said VENICE. ... Audrey had gorgeous eyes and was very thin ...
I said, 'Mademoiselle, I'd love to help you, but I have very few seamstresses and I'm just working on a new collection, I don't have time to make you clothes.'
'It's nothing,' she replied, 'show me what you already have in this collection.'
Audrey tried on several dresses and everything she tried fit her perfectly. "That's all I need!", she said.
Later I tried to adapt my sketches according to her wishes. For example, she wanted a shoulder-less evening dress, which she asked me to change so as to hide the gaps between her collarbones. The result was that it became so popular that I called it 'Sabrina Neckline' after the movie Audrey Hepburn wore this dress.
The Little Black Dress and the Capri Pants
Audrey Hepburn has always been the image of what has remained known in fashion history as the "little black dress". She launched and made famous this clothing item on the big screen in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
The iconic black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey in this film was sold in 2006 for over 462,000 pounds. It is no doubt the highest price ever paid at auctions for a dress in a movie.
Women from all over the world still dress in black at gala events, weddings, and dinners, paying homage to Audrey's unique style.
Also, Audrey Hepburn wore the famous Capri pants in movies like "Sabrina" and "Funny Face". They are still in vogue today. Regardless of the color they choose, the women who wear them will look "very Audrey".
Audrey Hepburn - a Timeless Style Still
In addition, being chic is simpler and easier than ever for any woman, if, as the famous actress, she chooses to wear a pair of ballerinas, which the diva matched with dresses, pants, Capri pants, etc.
Also, the elegant overcoats and the perfect handbags completed the actress' outfit, making her unique and special.
Audrey Hepburn's timeless style continues to inspire women around the world even today, as well as the collections of some of the most famous designers.