AUDREY HEPBURN PROJECT
This project aimed to recreate a dress worn by actress Audrey Hepburn and designed by French Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy, for the film 'Funny Face' (1957). This was part of a body of research on the actress-designer collaboration, which has influenced both the fashion and costume industries since its conception in 1953. I looked to replicate the dress as closely as possible, which required extensive and thorough research.
The original dress was a ivory and grey floral lace gown from Givenchy's Spring/Summer 1956 collection. It featured a full, tea-length skirt, fitted strapless bodice and a draped back panel.
Audrey Hepburn photographed in a publicity still for 'Funny Face', 1957.
© Paramount Pictures
Hubert de Givenchy's original sketch for the dress
(Published in 'Paris vu par Hollywood', © Skira)
THE MAKING OF
My dress took 5 weeks, 25 metres of fabric, 955 hand-painted flowers and a trip to Paris to study an original ivory version of the dress that was made for a bride in 1956. The dress was made as closely as possible to the version worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film.
THE FINISHED DRESS
Modelled by Madeleine Walker and photographed by Jack Taylor Gotch.