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Muse Givenchy: style lessons from the inimitable Audrey Hepburn.

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Posted on: 11/10/17

She was one of those about whom it is said, are born with a sense of style. Audrey Hepburn was not only a great actress but also a role model. Her wardrobe and in our days looks appropriate, stylish and relevant. She was the Muse of Hubert de Givenchy, created and with it, the images become masterpieces in the world of fashion and cinema, which are imitated and the contemporary designers.

The young designer Givenchy opened his own fashion House in 1952, and a year later he met his Muse that inspired him to create several collections of costumes for movies with her participation. In 1953 the actress was finding a designer who could create dresses for her character from “Sabrina”. The filmmakers wanted to see her dressed in the latest fashion and sent to Paris. “I’ve always had a passion for clothes. I adored her to the point where it could almost be called a disease… All I have seen of the work of the young Hubert de Givenchy, enthralled, he created his suits and dresses in that style that is so loved and came to me,” admitted the actress.

Their first meeting gave the designer a strong impression. “She was like a twig. Skinny teen in funny sandals, white t-shirt, plaid tight pants and a ridiculous hat, like the gondoliers” – he recalled. At Givenchy there was no time for tailoring the new collection, and he offered her to choose a model from an existing. So began their collaboration, which culminated in a friendship with a length of more than 40 years.

First, their work has received recognition: the film “Sabrina” was awarded the “Oscar” for the costumes, but the name of Iwasri not even mentioned in the credits. Audrey Hepburn flew to Paris to personally apologize to him for this mistake. Since then they became friends. It was after “Sabrina,” Givenchy became popular, he had a huge number of clients whom he had not even time to serve. Audrey Hepburn for years was the face of the brand Givenchy. “I feel like myself only in the clothes of Givenchy. He’s more than just a designer, he is the Creator of the person,” the actress said.

A fashion designer has created images for several films with Audrey Hepburn, which became classics of the foreign film: “Funny face”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” “My fair lady”. Outfits from Givenchy, the actress was not only on set but in life. And in 1957, Givenchy specifically for her Muse has created the perfume “L’interdit” (“Prohibition”). “Don’t expect me to share with someone this miracle!” – said the actress, and for three years she was not allowed to release them. And when they finally appeared on the shelves, they are instantly sold out.

The hallmark of Audrey Hepburn was the main role in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Black dress created by Givenchy, made fashionistas around the world to call her a style icon and emulate her images. Later, the actress said that he considers this role the most successful in his career, and the designer said that because of this the black dress he became immortal. Together they created a style that became the role model for many years and has become synonymous with good taste. The focus was not on frills style, and the quality tailoring and natural fabrics.

At the age of 63, Audrey Hepburn died of cancer. After the death of his Muse, the fashion designer is no longer able to work and left his fashion House. After that he led a secluded life and rarely appeared in public. He said: “She was an amazing woman, and I really miss her”.

The Audrey Hepburn style imitated even by those who didn’t know her movies. “I saw I do not know how many young girls in little black dresses or straight cut pants with black t-shirts. It seemed that they loved Audrey more for her stuff than the movies, maybe they didn’t even know her movies. By the way, last weekend I visited a friend in Portugal, and his daughter, who is 14, asked me if I have one of the dresses Audrey. She wanted to see them, touch them,” said Givenchy.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | long evening dresses


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