STYLE ICON: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

A look at one of history’s most beautiful, talented and gracious creatures, style icon Audrey Hepburn

 

Audrey Hepburn

 

Early life and movie career

Audrey Hepburn (May 1929–January 1993) was a dancer, actress, muse, style icon and humanitarian.  Born in Belgium, she grew up in  Belgium, the Netherlands and England, including going through terrible circumstances during World War II whilst living in German-occupied Arnhem.

Audrey Hepburn

Moving to England after the war, she studied ballet and became a chorus girl in the West End, later getting small parts in British films, before receiving her big break with the role of “Gigi” in a Broadway theatre production in 1951.

Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann and Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley

This lead to her award-winning role in 1953’s Roman Holiday, co-starring Gregory Peck, for which she is best known, alongside Sabrina (1954) with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) with George Peppard, and My Fair Lady (1964) with Rex Harrison.

Audrey Hepburn - style icon

 

Audrey appeared in several movies as well as making TV appearances. Here are some of her more well known films:

 

My Fair Lady - Audrey Hepburn

 

Style icon

As well as her infectious personality, kindness and talent, she became known as a style icon, largely thanks to her collaboration with Hubert de Givenchy, the famous French couturier, who dressed her in impeccable ladylike looks, both in her personal life and most of her films.

Audrey Hepburn in black Sabrina dress

She kept to simple, clean lines to ensure she did not overwhelm her elfin look, and bold accessories, and her fashion legacy includes sunglasses, headscarves, ballet shoes and 1950s frocks, especially “The Little Black Dress”, all of which remain popular to this day.

Audrey - Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

These books give much more detail about Audrey Hepburn’s fashion style:

 

Givenchy Audrey Hepburn Wedding Gown Shoot

Givenchy also created a perfume for her called L’Interdit (French for “Forbidden”) – you can buy it here.

Audrey Hepburn white frock

 

 

Here is our photo gallery devoted to Audrey Hepburn style:

 

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Personal life

Audrey married twice, firstly to actor Mel Ferrer, with whom she had a son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, born in 1960, and secondly, to Italian psychiatrist, Andrea Dotti. They also had a son, named Luca Dotti, who was born in 1970. Sadly, she had several miscarriages throughout both marriages.

Audrey Hepburn - wedding dress

From 1980 until her death, she  lived with Dutch actor Robert Wolders, which she said were the happiest of her life.

Audrey Hepburn in red dress with partner Robert Wolders

Humanitarian work

Audrey started doing charity work with UNICEF in the 1950s. Grateful for her own good fortune after enduring the German occupation as a child, she wanted to help impoverished children around the world. She later became a full-time Goodwill Ambassador for them, essentially retiring from acting except for a couple of cameos.

Audrey Hepburn UNICEF

Read more about her extraordinary work with UNICEF here.

 

 


 

 

Learn more on Audrey Hepburn’s Wikipedia and IMDB pages.

Audrey Hepburn in pink dress by Norman Parkinson

 

 

And finally, an inspirational quote from Audrey:

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.

Audrey Hepburn on a vespa in Roman Holiday

 

 

 

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