Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Audrey Hepburn Wears Givenchy, 1963

White with black tweed suit with a black silk twill cowl neck blouse and white hat.

Just before beginning filming of "My Fair Lady", Audrey Hepburn posed for these photos in clothing from Hubert de Givenchy's line for Spring 1963. Hepburn wore Givenchy exclusively after he designed the costumes for her 1954 film "Sabrina". Before meeting the designer, and before her career exploded, the actress said she still wore homemade dresses.

Hepburn's normal wardrobe consisted of 3 day suits, two in beige or gray and one in black, coats that would last for several seasons, and several late-day and evening dresses for use when she was working. At home in Switzerland, she wore pants and sweaters. After work, she wore a déshabillé, or dresssing gown, to relax in.

Whether for day or evening, Audrey Hepburn had a sure eye for fashion, and she had a thorough understanding of proportion and of her image in Givenchy designs. Here, her choices for daywear from the line. Tomorrow, we'll look at eveningwear. All clothing by Givenchy, Spring 1963. Hair by Alexandré.

Pink tweed suit with a deeper pink linen overblouse and wide belt.

Beige jersey dress with a pseudo-overblouse that is cut on the bias
and fastens with buttons at the sides.

9/10 length white gabardine coat shaped close to the body in front
and loose in the back is worn over a brown silk linen dress with cap sleeves.

Short dinner dress in yellow silk with beaded clusters.

All photos by Bert Stern.


Glamoursurf said...

Lovely!! Probably about a size 2 ???

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

LOL! I wouldn't doubt it.

Karin said...

Wow... this post amazed me. I usually really like vintage fashion, and it gives me inspiration, but looking at some of these pictures the clothes are still SO very modern! 47 years later they could be designed and sewn today, that's really, really cool. I just got the urge to copy some of them... that first one is fabulous!

Lee Ohio said...

Fabulous! I just adore Audrey and I can't ever get enough of her - or of her fabulous relationship with Givenchy. Many thanks for another great post. <3

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Givenchy was a master couturier. I'm not surprised these look modern to you. Many of today's designers draw inspiration from couture of the past.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Glad you enjoyed it Lee! Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for more Audrey.

Gladys said...

I love Audrey and I love Givenchy. I want each and every one of these outfits!

I remember I wanted my hair cut like Audry. I have especially large sticky outy ears. I went to the "beauty shop" and asked the girl to cut my hair just like Audry in Sabrina. I looked like a loving cup what with my big ears sticking out on both sides. I had the revelation at the ripe old age of 10 years old that I would never be her but I could try and dress with class like she did. Just not cut my hair that way :-)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Oh Gladys, didn't she look divine in that short haircut?

fuzzylizzie said...

Love Audrey, love the clothes!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

My favorite is the second picture, the pink tweed suit. Thanks Lizzie!

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