Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 1, 2017 IN: Fashion

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey HepburnRemembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn; Cold-Shoulder Shirtdress
Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn; Cold-Shoulder Shirtdress

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn; Cold-Shoulder

Remembering Style Icon:  Audrey Hepburn.  Wearing: Catherine Catherine Malandrino Zito Cold-Shoulder White A-line Shirtdress, Nine West Levona Suede Peep Toe Sandal, Kiwi and Ellie  St. Pete White Sand Thread Ball Earrings  similar here in all white with Fashionphile Chanel Mini Satin Flap

Who comes to mind when I say this person represents elegance, sophistication, and radiance? I will give you a few more hints; she’s the epitome of style, doe-eyed, and a swan-necked gamine actress.  Does anyone come to mind? If you’re like me, perhaps you think of Belgium born and 60s style icon Audrey Hepburn?

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Before Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) acted, she was a ballerina in London.

Remember, she was “‘S Marvelous” in the Parisian movie, Funny Face? However, it was the 1953 film, Roman Holiday that catapulted Audrey Hepburn to stardom. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in a leading role.  Nevertheless, it was the 1956 movie, Sabrina that solidified her 40-year iconic relationship with French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy.  Beginning in 1956, Audrey was perfectly outfitted from head to toe personally and professionally by the master couturier.


Remembering Style Icon:  Audrey Hepburn

Givenchy dressed Audrey in Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, and My Fair Lady.  He also designed her beautiful hats and created a fragrance for her, an early celebrity collaboration.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Givenchy designed gown in Sabrina, 1954.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn is wearing an Edith Head design in Sabrina.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Givenchy black cocktail dress in Sabrina.  Clothing manufacturers reproduced the black cocktail dress by the thousands that year.  Forever known as The Sabrina dress, and the boat neckline became referred to as The Sabrina neckline.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn in 1956.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. 1956 movie, Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire were ‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn quote, “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing”.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. The iconic and influential film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Audrey Hepburn solidified as the epitome of style.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The Givenchy little black Italian satin sheath dress sold at auction by Christie’s in 2006 for a quarter of a million dollars.

Oliver Goldsmith designed a custom pair of oversized dark sunglasses just for Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Charade. Audrey Hepburn.

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn, 1963 film, Charade.

Cecil Beaton photo of Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Cecil Beaton photo of Audrey Hepburn during the break of filming, My Fair Lady, August 1963.

Irving Penn photo of Audrey Penn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. 1964 Irving Penn American Vogue photo.

My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn, 1964 film, My Fair Lady.

William Klein photo of Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. 1965 William Klein photo of Audrey Hepburn.

How to Steal A Million. Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn 1966 movie, How to Steal a Million.

Audrey Hepburn, Two for the Road

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. 1966 Audrey Hepburn film, How to Steal A Million.

Audrey Hepburn. Two for the Road.

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn, 1966 film, How to Steal a Million.  Dressed in Givenchy with sunglasses by Lover Goldsmith.  Douglas Kirkland image.

Audrey Hepburn with Hubert de Hubert in 1967

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn: Audrey Hepburn in 1967 with Hubert de Givenchy.

In1967, Ms. Hepburn was instrumental in getting Henri-Louis Vuitton to create the Speedy 25 for her chic travel look.

Two for the Road. Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn 1967 movie, Two for the Road.  William Klein photo.

Audrey Hepburn. Two for the Road.

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn, wearing a Mary Quaint striped rugby dress in movie, Two for the Road (1967) starring Albert Finney

She is one of only 12 people who won the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. She won an Oscar for Roman Holiday, a Grammy for Enchanted Tales, a Tony for Ondine, and an Emmy for Gardens of the World. U.S. President George H. Bush presented Hepburn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her charitable work with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).

U.S. President George H. Bush presented Hepburn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her charitable work with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn as UNICEF Humanitarian 1988-1992.

Audrey Hepburn never forgot the aid she received from UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) as an adolescent in post-World War II Holland.  In 1988, she became a UNICEF Ambassador and traveled to more than 20 countries, meeting children who struggled every day just to survive.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn.

Shortly before Audrey Hepburn died of colon cancer January 1993, Hepburn gave Hubert de Givenchy more than 25-dresses he had made for her.  He distributed the dresses one by one to museums around the world.  

Style Icon, Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. Audrey quote, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy:  An Elegant Friendship will debut in three museums in Morges, Switzerland beginning May 20 and running through September 17. The museum exhibitions will feature more than 50 original gowns, hats and accessories plus 60 original, previously unseen sketches and photographs celebrating the lives and work of the actress and designer.

Audrey Hepburn

Remembering Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn. The actress is strolling with her partner Robert Wolders in the gardens of Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy, February 1982. Image: The Fashion of Audrey.

Audrey married twice, first to the actor Mel Ferrier (September 25, 1954 – December 5, 1954) with whom she had one the birth of one son, Sean. She would have a marriage again to Andrea Dotti (January 18, 1969 – September 21, 1982) and have another son with him, Luca. When she passed away in 1993, at 63, her partner was Robert Wolders. 

May 4th is the 24th anniversary of Audrey Hepburn’s death. She is still iconic and influential whether her films or clothing. Now that what I call a true style icon.

Have a fabulous, fierce and stylish week.

  • Jodie Filogomo

    What a fabulous trip down memory lane, Eugenia!!
    And your dress is so fun—I bet you can wear it with anything!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Jodie,
      Hi! OMG! This dress is a relaxed cotton shirtdress even though on the short side for me, but I love it. Let’s see if I can find more ways to rock this little summer beauty.

  • You are Fabulous and I love your outfit. Enjoy!

    http://www.madamtoomuch.com

    • Neti,
      Hello again! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Thank you and thank you.

  • Love the cold shoulder white dress!
    Love the photos of Audrey Hepburn, and great history!
    xx, Elle

    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • Elle,
      Hi! I just loved exploring the fashion history of Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of elegance on and off the screen. On another note, I just love my cold-shoulder dress; I finally found something that worked well for me, thank you.