Audrey Hepburn stood out among the other actresses of her time; there was definitely something curious about her. She was a royal beauty, and in a world that was conscious of fashion and beauty, she defined both. Hepburn had a tall, thin frame throughout her life. Not known for having a curvaceous figure, the actress-slash-fashion-maven is best remembered by her unforgettable face.
The Audrey Look: Her pixie hair cut, flat ballet shoes, turtlenecks, fitted-waist outfits, length sleeves, trench coat, dresses and of course the black dress, classic handbags in various leathers with chain handles, a scarf at her throat, and wrap-around shirts.
“My look is attainable,” Audrey told Barbara Walters in 1989. “Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses.” We all know the look she mentions is not as simple as stated.
Designer Hubert de Givenchy had an eye for beauty that no one could deny. He and his staff are noted for styling much-admired gowns that perfectly flattered Audrey’s figure. Givenchy amusingly recalled that upon meeting (the relatively unknown) Audrey Hepburn for the first time, he had believed he was meeting to consult with great actress Katherine Hepburn. Instead, he was quite surprised to find shy, young Audrey Hepburn at the fitting instead. The designer grew fond of the irresistible actress, aiding the young star’s blossoming career by creating exquisite costumes for many of her films. Givenchy not only fashioned Audrey’s trademark look, but they developed a special friendship that extended past ordinary designer/actress collaborations until her death.
In addition to working with Givenchy, Audrey became a favorite of famous designer Salvatore Ferragamo, the innovative shoe designer that so many young Hollywood starlets of the time worked with. His famous “Audrey” shoe is still issued year after year.
Some of Audrey’s most popular styles are ones that we admire and treasure, and still set the tone for fashion today.
First photo: Hepburn and Givenchy circa 1950s
Second photo: Hepburn with Givenchy circa 1990s