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Audrey Hepburn

"I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls."


It was not love at first sight. It was the summer of 1953 and Audrey Hepburn couldn't wait to meet Paris's hottest fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. In a white T-shirt and ballet slippers, she bounced up the winding, marble staircase of Givenchy's eighteenth-century mansion, gracefully taking two steps at a time. But when Givenchy laid eyes on Hepburn, his towering six foot, seven-inch frame slumped forward in disappointment. He had been expecting the other Hepburn—actress Katharine Hepburn. Instead, this short haired, long limbed, coltish creature with the biggest feet he had ever seen (size ten!) stood before him. Worst of all, he had never heard of her. In 1953, Audrey's first big movie, Roman Holiday, had yet to be released.

Givenchy politely hid his regret and declined to design the clothing for her upcoming movie, Sabrina. He was far too busy preparing his winter collection to design dresses for an unknown actress. While most actresses would have thrown a diva-sized hissy fit, Audrey simply asked him if she could take something ready-made from one of his previous shows. Givenchy agreed. She was, after all, very charming. Read More>>


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