It’s said that every woman should own a little black dress, and the world’s most famous LBD was worn by Audrey Hepburn. Even if you’ve never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the image of Audrey in her LBD, gloves, and pearls is instantly recognisable. In 2006, the famous LBD sold for £467 thousand, the most ever paid for a dress from a film. In a poll of 3000 people, a staggering 75% chose it as “the most influential garment in fashion history”. However, it wasn’t just the LBD that made Audrey Hepburn an enduring style icon.
Audrey’s designer influence
The Belgian-born actress’ film career began in Roman Holiday (1953), which earned her an Oscar and instantly put her on the style map. On her next film Sabrina, she was introduced to upcoming designer Givenchy, who was so inspired by her haute couture look that he named a line of dresses “Sabrina”. He went on to design her outfits both on-screen in films such as Funny Face and off-screen for various award ceremonies.
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