HEPBURN AND GIVENCHY: A FASHION LOVE AFFAIR
Audrey Hepburn first met Hubert de Givenchy in 1953 when she came knocking at the door of his recently opened Paris studio. She was preparing for Sabrina, her second starring role, and was looking for a designer to provide the wardrobe. They were both in their mid 20s.
Givenchy’s separates and mix-and-match pieces had an elegance and modernity that perfectly fitted with Hepburn’s style. The encounter was the beginning of a life- long collaboration and friendship, with him dressing her for many films, including Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and How to Steal a Million.
‘ It was a match made in heaven,’ says Katherine Higgins. ‘ It was a pivotal point in fashion, that key period post war where people were looking for something different. They were both a similar age: two youngsters coming together. His signature look was that you didn’t need masses of fabric; it was all about the cut and his clothes perfectly suited her waif- like physique.’
‘ I always respected Audrey’s taste,’ Givenchy once said. ‘ She was not like other movie stars in that she liked simplicity.’ While Hepburn commented: ‘ His are the only clothes in which I am myself.’
Hubert and Audrey at a dress tting in the 1950s
RIGHT Audrey’s blue silk Givenchy scarf with umbrella print sold for £16,250, along with a similar pink scarf with black cats BELOW A handwritten postcard from Hubert de Givenchy to Audrey – the front features a portrait of the pair taken in Paris, 1982 – which sold for £11,250