Style stories: Audrey Hepburn

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If one classic fashion icon has to be celebrated, it should be Audrey Hepburn. The Belgian-born Hollywood actress stole many hearts as princess Ann in Roman Holiday and as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Soon she grew to be an alternative female inspiration next to the more voluptuous and glamorous Marilyn Monroe. Until today, her slim figure and timeless elegance influence fashionistas around the world.


Nowadays, Audrey is most remembered and celebrated for her simple yet unique sense of style, and she still inspires many women today to dress classy and elegant. She basically promoted the little black dress by herself by wearing it on an off screen and made it so popular it’s still a staple in every woman’s closet nowadays. Audrey’s style was refreshingly simple and charming in the sixties, an era that was dominated by the bombshell style endorsed by Marilyn Monroe. The combination of cropped trousers with a simple white button-up has never looked as elegant and feminine as it did on Audrey Hepburn.


Audrey was a true muse of designer and lifelong friend Hubert de Givenchy. There’s a big chance that the particular outfit on her that you loved, on and off screen, was designed by Givenchy. Audrey chose Givenchy to design her outfits because “his are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality.” The most iconic dress that Givenchy designed for Hepburn was the black dress she wears with a large pearl necklace in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, that went up for auction in 2006 with a final price of $923,187.

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