One of the greatest designer-muse love stories of all time: Hubert and Hepburn. The iconic fashion house of Hubert de Givenchy outfitted Audrey Hepburn throughout her life, both onscreen and off, creating memorable moments of style such as Holly Golightly's Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's as well as fabulous frocks in Sabrina, Funny Face, and Charade.
The actress once said, "Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in," but their relationship wasn't always so affectionate. In fact, when Audrey first came to his atelier, Givenchy was expecting to see the more famous Hepburn at the time, Katharine. The fresh faced starlet asked him to design looks for her film Sabrina, and his response was typical for an in-demand couturier to a virtually no-name newcomer: "No, Mademoiselle, I can’t dress you."
At the opening of a new fashion exhibition at The Hague's Gemeentemuseum, the now-retired legend looked back on the fateful night she changed his mind. After inviting him to dinner, "[Audrey] persuaded me, how lucky I was to have accepted."
The two remained close friends until Hepburn's death in 1993, but even now it's clear that Mr. Givenchy still holds a special place for the star in his heart. The new retrospective, To Audrey With Love, pays homage to his muse, showcasing 100 of his favorite creations in what he calls a "journey through her wardrobe."
The exhibit runs through March 26th, though you'll have to head to the Netherlands to see it in person.
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