BDG’s Favorite Muse…

Happy Fashion Icon Friday! Today I decided it was time to honor fashions original It-Girl, and all time BDG favorite Ms. Audrey Hepburn!

What a face, Audrey redefined beauty in Hollywood...

What a face, Audrey redefined beauty in Hollywood…

Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Belguim to parents of British and Dutch decent. The family traveled quite frequently when Audrey was a young child. They spent their time between England, Belguim, and the Netherlands. As a result of all the traveling, Audrey was exposed to many different languages and cultures and went on to speak several languages as an adult. By age 5, Audrey was enrolled in ballet class and became very good over the next 10 years. Her parents marriage began to deteriorate in large part because of opposing views on the war (WWII), and the two eventually divorced after 10 years. Audrey and her mother Ella settled in England until the British declared war on Germany. Audrey’s mother relocated the family to her hometown of Arnhem in the Netherlands. After settling in Arnhem, she began her regular studies at the Arnhem Conservatory, in addition to her formal ballet training. It was also during that time that Audrey and her other siblings were forced to take on other family names for safety. Later in life she recounted memories of witnessing countless amounts of Jews being transported in trains. These childhood experiences led Audrey to her most notable role as GoodWill Ambassador of UNICEF.   Audrey began focusing her career as an actress after learning that her talent as a dancer would never develop to prima ballerina status due to her average height of 5’6”.

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Sweet Audrey…

Her first big break came when she was scouted and cast in the Broadway musical GiGi. After the success of Broadway, Audrey was cast in Roman Holiday and received an Academy Award for her first starring role.

In Roman Holiday...

In Roman Holiday…

Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday...

Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday…

Winning the Academy Award for Roman Holiday...

Winning the Academy Award for Roman Holiday…

Paramount signed Audrey to a 7 picture deal, that included the film Sabrina and Funny Face. It was during the making on the movie Sabrina that Miss Hepburn met designer Hubert de Givenchy and began collaborating on her wardrobe for the film.

Posing with Humphrey Bogart & William Holden in Sabrina...

Posing with Humphrey Bogart & William Holden in Sabrina…

Sabrina

Posing in Givenchy Gown in the movie Sabrina…

Dancing with Fred Astaire in Funny Face....

With Fred Astaire in Funny Face….

Still from Funny Face...

Still from Funny Face…

In Funny Face...

In Funny Face…

Posing for Funny Face Advertisement...

During the filming of Funny Face…

The collaboration was essential to developing the actresses style now regarded as iconic in the fashion world. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the role that landed Audrey a spot on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is regarded by some as the most beautiful woman of all time and of the 20th century. Givenchy went on to design and collaborate with Audrey on her wardrobe for many of her films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, and How to Steal A Million.

Image from Breakfast at Tiffany's

Playing Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany's...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

Opening Scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's

Opening Scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Still from scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Still from scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Cat…

Still from Breakfast at Tiffany's with George Pepar...

Still from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with George Peppard…

Cat Mask from Five and Dime in Breakfast at Tiffany's...

Cat Mask from 5 & dime store in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

Closing Scene

Closing Scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

In How to Steal a Million...

In How to Steal a Million…

Great pic from How to Steal A Million...

Great pic from How to Steal A Million…

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In Charade…

Still from Charade wit Carey Grant...

Still from Charade with Carey Grant…

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn became lifelong friends and remained extremely close over the years. She was noted as his Muse and Model. She attended his fashion shows and modeled in his creation for famous fashion photographers like Richard Avedon.

In 1993 after finding out that Audrey was to not allowed to fly commercial after her final unsuccessful surgery to remove portions of her colon cancer, he arranged for a private jet to fly the dying Hepburn back to her family in Switzerland to spend her last days.

In 1993 after finding out that Audrey was to not allowed to fly commercial after her final unsuccessful surgery to remove portions of her colon cancer, he arranged for a private jet to fly the dying Hepburn back to her family in Switzerland to spend her last days.

In 1967 she starred in Two For The Road with Albert Finney. Everyone that knows me can attest to the fact that I absolutely love that film. The british dramedy tells the story of Joanna and Mark played by Hepburn and Finney and their life together as a married couple. For this film Audrey wasn’t allowed to rely solely on Givenchy, because of what was happening in fashion during that time in Europe. The fashion in the movie is by far my favorite of all her films, but I’m kinda obsessed with the mod fashions of the late 1960’s. In the film Audrey was dressed in designers such as Paco Rabanne, Andre Courrèges, Mary Quant, Burberry, and Pucci.

Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road...

Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road…

Two for the Road...

Two for the Road…

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Two for the Road…

 

Image of couple after many years of marriage...

Image of couple after many years of marriage…

In Pucci Dress...

In Pucci Dress…

Audrey in Rugby Inspired dress and futuristic sunnies...

Audrey in Rugby Inspired dress and futuristic sunnies…

Amazing color block zip jacket...

Amazing color block zip jacket…

And a personal favorite of mine...Audrey wearing a Paco Rabanne dress in the film.

And a personal favorite of mine…Audrey wearing a Paco Rabanne dress in the film.

In later years Audrey became dedicated to her work with UNICEF and established The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. In 2006 the black dress worn in the opening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold at by Christies Auction house for $807,00. All the proceeds from the sale of the dress were donated to the City of Joy Aid to help underprivileged children in India.

Quote from Audrey...

Quote from Audrey…

Actress and mother Audrey Hepburn is remembered for her talent, her classic beauty, her generous spirit, and her legendary style. There’s no one quite like Audrey…and there never will be again.

Here she is in her iconic role…click the link to watch!

Opening Scene Breakfast at Tiffany’s

xo, BDG

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