Audrey Hepburn’s style

On the 20th anniversary of Audrey Hepburn's sad death, we take a look at the movie icon's signature style. Holly, Hair, Hubert, High-Waisted and Humanitarian: here's our selection of Audrey's key style elements.

Holly - Headshot of Audrey Hepburn taken during the filming of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' in 1961.
Hepburn's most iconic look was that of character Holly Golightly, the star of Truman Capote's novella 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. Audrey Hepburn played Holly in the 1961 film adaptation of the work, and her cigarette holder, tiara and up-do became a world famous look.

Hair - Picture taken in the 1950s of Belgian-born British actress Audrey Hepburn.
This shot from the 1950s shows the short crop Hepburn popularized in her 1953 film 'Roman Holiday'. Playing a European princess who goes 'on holiday' incognito in the Italian capital, Hepburn's character famously goes to a salon to have a haircut, emerging with this famous tomboy look.

Hubert - French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and American actress Audrey Hepburn
Givenchy and Hepburn first met in 1953 on the set of 'Sabrina', but the pair's friendship and professional relationship was set to last many years until Audrey's death in 1993. Hubert de Givenchy had designed the dresses for the film which went on to win an Oscar for its costumes, but the Frenchman received no credit for his work. Furious, Hepburn is reported to have said: “each time I’m in a film, Givenchy dresses me”.

High-waisted - Picture taken in the 1950s
If there's one woman who really made capri pants her own, it's Audrey Hepburn, seen here in a high-waisted pair. Helping to popularize the summer style (named after the Italian island) in the 1950s, the film 'Sabrina' has Hepburn gesture to her black top, capris and ballet flats and exclaim: “Oh, I couldn’t possibly go anywhere”. Well she certainly did!

Humanitarian - Audrey returning from Somalia in 1992 where she was an UNICEF ambassador
In her later years Hepburn gave up her movie roles to focus on charity work, in particular her own foundation and the United Nations Children's Fund. The star kept some of her silver-screen glamour, but opted for more sober outfits on her humanitarian missions. Audrey remained classic, classy and chic to the end.

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