Today we will be focusing on Audrey Hepburn as a fashion icon. As well as her amazing film career, Audrey was most known for her timeless sense of style. Her style has been admired and copied by several generations of women. Even today, a decade after her death Audrey is considered one of the most beautiful and stylish women in the world.
Audrey was breaking into the film career at a time when actresses were invariably blonde, big bosomed and curvy and so being a skinny flat chested girl with short brunette hair, bushy eyebrows, a long neck and big feet she is an unlikely style icon but Audrey became a role model with a new look of androgynous yet feminine women dressed impeccably in Parisian chic. This offered women an alternative to the blonde bombshell of the 50's and 60's.
After wining the Oscar for Roman Holiday Audrey was free to control her look without interference from the studio and she found exactly what she was looking for in the fashion house of one Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy's innovative modern designs were suited to Audrey's figure and the persona she wanted to create and the pair struck a lifelong friendship that lasted for over 40 years.
Givenchy perfectly understood Audrey's appeal and dressed her in such a way to show off her natural beauty without her being overwhelmed by the dresses. Audrey once said "I depend on Givenchy the way American women depend on their psychiatrists".
The great Hepburn- Givenchy collaboration can be seen in the movies Sabrina where Givenchy's designs are integral to the story of a frustrated unhappy girl who leave for Paris and comes back an elegant lady. Emphasising this change Sabrina comes back with a completely new wardrobe designed by Givenchy.