HEP­BURN AND GIVENCHY: A FASH­ION LOVE AF­FAIR

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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

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