Audrey Hepburn has been a household name for the last seven decades, having revolutionized Hollywood and femininity, but she did not do it alone. Hubert de Givenchy’s relationship with Audrey was as beautiful and true as the pieces he created for her. Iconic images from Funny Face, Sabrina, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s would not be possible without the genius and artistry of Givenchy.
Although Hepburn preached that Givenchy provided her with the confidence she had in her films through each look, “The Audrey Look” was crafted by both Hepburn and Givenchy together. Its significant impact on the world of fashion, film, costume, and couture, can be summarized as an elegance of the blossoming realm of Hollywood, yet attainable to dreamers around the globe.
The two budding stars met in 1953. Hepburn just wrapped on her first starring film, Roman Holiday, and Givenchy was presenting his debut fashion collection which brought him international acclaim overnight. When Givenchy received word that “Miss Hepburn” wanted to see him, he assumed it to be Katharine Hepburn. When the stars met, Hepburn asked Givecnhy to make the wardrobe for her upcoming role in Sabrina. His initial reaction was to decline due to the demands of his forthcoming collection, however, he had been charmed by Hepburn and agreed.
The Sabrina storyline of a woman who returns from Paris and catches the eyes of her father’s wealthy employee’s sons was the perfect channel to launch the Givenchy/Hepburn partnership. Givenchy dressed Hepburn in a total of eight films, until her death.
“The Look” focused on simplicity in an era of “excess.” Hollywood was overflowing with diamonds, fabrics, and figure curvature, while Givenchy focused on an uncomplicated, copyable silhouette that radiates the same power. Patterns to Givenchy’s looks sold for as little as one dollar, so that every woman, no matter the stature, could feel that sense of refinement Hepburn portrayed in her films. “Women can look like Audrey Hepburn if they want to – by flipping out their hair, and buying the large sunglasses and the little sleeveless dresses. I created a look in order to make something of myself.” -Hepburn, 1989
The opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is known as one of the most iconic fashion moments in film history. The beehive updo, draped pearls, and black Italian satin evening gown, combined with an image of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) drinking coffee from a paper cup on Fifth Avenue is forever ingrained in the minds of movie-watchers and fashion fanatics everywhere.
Givenchy’s inspiration for the gown originated in 1925 when Chanel designed black “garconne” dresses that were tubular little black dresses (to be deemed “the Ford motor car of the searson”). Givenchy designed a sleeveless, floor-length dress with a slit and fitted bodice along with a matching pair of gloves for the opening scene.
Hepburn and Givenchy worked together on each look featured in each film; they were a team and treated each other as equals. As his muse, Hepburn wore each look with the poise and class sewn into the garments, redefining feminine beauty in a simple, straightforward way.
Netflix subscribers and Paris enthusiasts all over the world are raving about the original show, Emily in Paris. It depicts a life of glamor, high fashion, love, and passion. Whether you are a critic or avid fan of the show, you can’t help but wonder, is this really what it’s like in Paris? Are the views, food, clothes, and people in the storyline just a Hollywood make-over of the city, or is there something genuine about the life portrayed in each episode?
With stops from the Place de l’Estrapade (where Emily’s apartment is located), all the way to the Opéra Garnier where our leading lady attends the ballet to track down Fashion Designer, Pierre Cadault, you can find out for yourself if Emily’s Paris experience is the real Paris.
However, this tour gives you an unfair advantage. Along each stop, you can hear about the history of highlighted landmarks, architecture, and historic events. Grab a bite to eat at the Boulangerie Moderne, followed by a debriefing of the famous Panthéon to uncover more of Paris’ secrets. Stroll through the Palais Royal gardens as if you were there the moment Emily and Mindy met.
Inhale the aroma of croissants, roses, and wine, as you capture that essence and joie de vivre that Emily feels in each adventure.
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It’s time to experience yet again another magnificent edition of fashion museums found in the beautiful city of Paris. The ALAÏA Azzedine Foundation isn’t just any ordinary gallery that showcases an artists pieces, but rather one that takes fashion representation to another level. In fact, this gallery will take your breath away!
So who is Azzedine Alaïa? He was a couturier and shoe designer from Tunisia. Born in Tunis on the 26th of February 1935 and unfortunately passing away in Paris in November of 2017, he was recognized as one of the best designers. His love for fashion and design was in fact inspired by his twin sister. He began his work in Paris with yet another formidable designer, Christian Dior, but had to leave just a week after due to the Algerian War but this did not stop his drive to be one of the greatest fashion designers. In fact, he then went on to work with the likes of Thierry Mugler and Guy Laroche.
Alaïa’s pieces were well-known for the tight-fitting style in order to enhance the curves and reveal the body of whoever wore his pieces. His range was seen across the boards. He preferred more neutral colors and broader shoulders but over the years he began incorporating corsets and bust wiring.
My favorite piece is one from 1985 which is a long white dress. This dress also became the inspiration of Elle MacPherson’s wedding dress. Alaïa uses simplicity and elegance together to create a phenomenal piece.
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