Take a look at Au­drey Hep­burn’s iconic style state­ments as her per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia gets auc­tioned at a mu­seum in Lon­don.

As a lead­ing fash­ion house in Lon­don hosts the auc­tion of Au­drey Hep­burn’s per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia, we take a look at the diva’s time­less style state­ments

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Ruella Fer­nan­des

Ox­ford de­fines ‘iconic’ as a per­son or thing that is re­garded as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sym­bol or some­thing which is worthy of ven­er­a­tion. Some film stars at­tain great­ness for their act­ing skills, while some are im­mor­talised as icons be­cause of their sheer per­sona. True to the def­i­ni­tion, the de­mure Au­drey Hep­burn is one of the great­est style icons the world has ever seen.

Many have been called gamine, but only she did jus­tice to that iden­tity with her charm and in­no­cence. Billy Wilder once said: ‘God kissed Au­drey Hep­burn on the cheek, and there she was’, mean­ing she was born a star. Lit­tle would she have known that her ef­fort­less style and the grace with which she car­ried her­self would cat­a­pult her to the iconic sta­tus she has to­day. When en­thus­ing about sun­glasses, lit­tle black dresses or gloves, it is still de rigueur to men­tion that scene from Breakfast At Tif­fany’s (1961), where Hep­burn is clutch­ing a pa­per cup of cof­fee and a crois­sant, sheathed in the quin­tes­sen­tial black dress, her slender neck adorned by the famed pearl choker star­ing coolly into a win­dow full of jew­ellery.

De­signer Sailesh Sing­ha­nia af­firms, “The cyno­sure of ev­ery party, Au­drey Hep­burn is best known for her time­less style. She has re­de­fined the clas­sic black dress. How­ever, she has also adopted var­i­ous styles and made them her own.” HER FASH­ION TRYST WITH GIVENCHY Re­port­edly, ahead of film­ing for Sab­rina (1954), Hep­burn went to Paris to ac­quire the wardrobe for the movie, be­gin­ning her life­long col­lab­o­ra­tion and friend­ship with de­signer Hu­bert de Givenchy, who went on to de­sign pieces that would be­come as fa­mous as the star her­self. In her best style mo­ments, both on and off screen, Hep­burn has worn Givenchy. Like the black dress she wore in Sab­rina which had a hign lat­eral neck­line and the long-sleeved pink jer­sey dress that she adorned on the day of her wed­ding to An­drea Dotti on Jan­uary 18, 1969. There is also a book, Au­drey and Givenchy: A Fash­ion Love Af­fair, which ex­plores the dy­nam­ics of their friend­ship. The auc­tion in­cludes a pale blue satin cock­tail dress trimmed with blue satin fringes from the movie, Two For the Road (1967).

To­day is the last day of the on­line auc­tion of her trea­sured per­sonal col­lec­tion held by Christie’s in Lon­don. It has re­port­edly made more than $6 mil­lion (ap­prox Rs 39 crore), in­clud­ing a world record for her script of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tif­fany’s.

Here’s a nos­tal­gic roundup of some of those looks that are syn­ony­mous with the fash­ion icon her­self. Winged eye makeup – Sing­ha­nia feels this el­e­ment has been im­mor­talised by Hep­burn. “Her wingtip eye­liner look has been adopted by Bol­ly­wood stars such as Sharmila Tagore and in more re­cent times by Deepika Padukone. This look in­stantly cre­ates an enig­matic and mys­te­ri­ous per­sona and can be used to ac­cen­tu­ate your eyes with eth­nic and west­ern looks alike.

Au­drey hair fringe – While we are more fa­mil­iar with the bang these days, it was Hep­burn who first in­tro­duced the fringe be­fore it evolved to the bang. Sing­ha­nia is of the opin­ion that one can­not sim­ply think of her with­out her iconic fringe and bee­hive hair­style. “Her square face, ac­com­pa­nied by her pix­ielike fea­tures, is ef­fort­lessly high­lighted by her short fringe,” he says/ Bal­leri­nas – Few would re­call the black slacks and bal­let flats she wore in Sab­rina, which cat­a­pulted the pop­u­lar­ity of the less worn footwear. A se­lec­tion of her bal­let pumps too were put up for auc­tion at Christie’s. Cat eye sun­glasses – “Fash­ion is very cyclic,” says de­signer Ritu Kumar. The cat eye glasses, she feels have made a come­back like most styles. But she says, “This type, es­pe­cially, is some­thing that is syn­ony­mous with Hep­burn. We al­ways think of her look in Sab­rina and Breakfast at Tif­fany’s with the glasses adorn­ing her face.” Lit­tle black dress – While most fash­ion is sea­sonal and is in vogue when it reaches its peak, there are some styles that are time­less. The lit­tle black dress (LBD) is one of them. Hep­burn was seen in one of these in Breakfast At Tif­fany’s

Bee­hive hair style - Fash­ion de­signer Pam Hogg’s show at the Lon­don Fash­ion week saw mod­els wear­ing frilly head­dresses which are some­what sim­i­lar to the bee­hive hair­style sported by Hep­burn and other yes­ter­year ac­tors. Kumar feels, “The bee­hive is mak­ing a come­back, maybe not a big one, but it is trick­ling down on the run­way.”

Hep­burn with her then hus­band, An­drea Dotti, af­ter their wed­ding in a pink Givenchy.

Hep­burn in a black high neck Givenchy dress in Sab­rina.

Hep­burn in her iconic winged eye makeup

A still from Breakfast At Tif­fany’s with her famed bee­hive hairdo

Her bal­leri­nas at the auc­tion at Christie’s

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