She is one of the most enduring screen icons of the 20th Century and her style is one of the most emulated and admired in the world. Fashion & Cinema note that; “She managed to balance simplicity, comfort and elegance to create a timeless, singularly European sophistication that came to define her persona.”
As I continue my summer quest to strip my wardrobe down to the very basics of black, white and denim; the odd eye-catching print and my favourite leather pieces, I am reminded of Audrey Hepburn‘s effortless grace and the allure of her style, which arose from her subtle approach to dressing. Also,
“Unlike so many other icons of the period, Hepburn’s style was not manufactured by a studio, but was instead entirely idiosyncratic. It called upon both the understated elegance of her upbringing, and the many years of ballet that influenced her physical bearing.” – Fashion & Cinema
Following her 1954 movie Sabrina, Hepburn established a relationship with Givenchy, who was both friend and fashion designer to her. He created her costumes for that movie; the gown, the boatneck sweater, the capri pants. If I were to ask you about Audrey Hepburn’s style however, you are perhaps most likely to recall the iconic little black dress seen through the window at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, also by Givenchy and popularized by Coco Chanel. Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, said of the dress:
“It was 1961 and this dress is in a way very sixties. The front is severe, elegant, very clean, but at the back there is the very interesting neckline, somewhere between ethnic and Parisian; a softness that other designers in that time didn’t have.” (from Classiq.me)
Even in the early stages of downsizing I realize I have too too many little black dresses in my closet, but I don’t mind. I realize the little black dress can be different every time you put it on. I call it the Hepburn effect.
Photos: Beth Morton Photography.
Wearing: Dress by Milly NY.