Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle for “My Fair Lady” (1964)
Audrey Hepburn for Love in the Afternoon, 1957
"She taught, by example, what a lady was: a vessel of grace and gravity, ready wit, eldritch charm: a woman whose greatest discretion was to hide her awareness of her splendor. She refused to be tyrannized by her own beauty…. Audrey Hepburn was a glorious anachronism. She represented a moral and emotional aristocracy that no longer exists - if it ever did, outside of her pictures.” - Richard Corliss, Time magazine
Teeny tiny ivory lace dress worn by Hepburn for the final scene in her first proper film, Roman Holiday, in 1952.
The waist is 24 inches, the bust 34 inches. But the dress was probably smaller when it was worn by Hepburn, a fact that gives the first insight into her character.
Audrey would have all her costumes and gowns made with a generous seam allowance so that, when she gave the clothes away, which she invariably did, the new owner could let out the seams and fit them perfectly. Audrey was so generous. She liked to give things away rather than let them languish in a wardrobe.
Audrey went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954 and wore the same lace gown designed by Edith Head, with some alterations done by her new friend the couturier Hubert de Givenchy, to collect her award.
And when her wedding to Lord James Hanson was cancelled she gave away her simple wedding gown to a poor peasant girl in Italy.
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