Saturday, July 28, 2018

Paris - When It Sizzles

It was in 1953 when a young Audrey Hepburn (I have to say she is my favorite actress of all times), showed up in the studio of Givenchy at 8 Rue Alfred de Vigny in Paris (of course). As an anecdote, they say that Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018) was waiting for the other Hepburn (not necessary say her name), but he met this delicate woman dressed in a Frenchified way who was looking for costumes for her next movie "Sabrina" (1954) The designer was fascinated with her, they had dinner together that day and the magic between them sprang up, giving rise to an unbreakable friendship that lasted until her death and beyond.

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn (1950s).

Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy.
Funny Face (1957).
Her admiration for Givenchy (and vice versa) was such that she demanded by contract that he was the costume designer of her films. So in the 50s and 60s (Audrey's golden age), she gave off all the glamour on the big screen, the glamour created by the Frenchman who was inspired by his muse, and he turned Audrey Hepburn into a fashion icon (even today she is considered one of the most elegant women in the world). The grace with which the wonderful actress wore his creations can be seen in films like "Funny face" (1957), "Breakfast at Tiffany´s" (1961) where she wore the best-known little black dress of all times, or "How steal a million" (1966). Once she said: "Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones in which I feel myself. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality." That is certainly evident in her movies. And also in her personal life, since Audrey could not think of anyone other than Givenchy to design the dresses for her two weddings. They were the perfect tandem on and off the screen (and probably the envy of many).

The wonderful couple in Paris (1982).

Later in the 70s/80s, Audrey Hepburn did not work as assiduously as in the past, but Givenchy kept creating a personal level for her. Their mutual trust reached the point where she named him the executor of her will before her death in 1993. Even after the loss of his beloved friend, he always remembered her and he mentioned her when he had at the least chance. Here I leave these words of Hubert about his eternal friendship with Audrey: "The telephone rang in the workshop and it was Audrey: 'I only call to tell you that I love you'". It is not necessary to say more (insert sigh).

See you next week, vintage lovers!

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