Audrey Hepburn: Hollywood star and fashion icon

January 20th marked the 30th anniversary of the death of actress Audrey Hepburn. The Belgian was also remembered for another feature.


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  • Last Friday was the 30th anniversary of the death of Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn.
  • However, the Belgian was not only remembered as an actress.
  • Her style of dress made her a fashion icon and continues to inspire to this day.

Belgian actress Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 at the age of 63. So Friday marked the 30th anniversary of her death.

To this day, the Hollywood legend inspires with her clothing style. Elegance is the only beauty that never fades, Hepburn once said. She should be right.

Audrey Hepburn conquered the fashion world in 1953 with her first leading role in “A Heart and a Crown”. Dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt, a wide skirt with a wide belt and a silk foulard, she explored Rome.

Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy

French fashion designer Givenchy dressed the British actress for the romantic comedy «Sabrina» (1954). However, Givenchy initially assumed that “Miss Hepburn” was Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003). He is said to have later described the moment Audrey Hepburn stood in front of him as a “disappointment”.

Nevertheless, the petite woman fascinated the designer and a close friendship developed between the two. Hepburn discovered her love of fashion through Givenchy, as she herself said: “Fashion came into my life when I had my very first couture dress made by Hubert de Givenchy”.

Shortly afterwards, however, another, black look went down in history: the little black dress in the novel adaptation “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). When you hear Audrey Hepburn, you immediately think of Holly Golightly in her sleeveless black dress, oversized sunglasses and pearl jewelry.

Audrey Hepburn was in front of the camera for the last time in 1989. In Steven Spielberg’s (76) fantasy film “Always” she played an angel. To go with it, she wore a monochrome ensemble consisting of a white cable-knit sweater and matching trousers.

Audrey Hepburn was also an angel for people in need in real life: she was a UNICEF ambassador until her death.

On January 20, 1993, the actress succumbed to colon cancer, which was diagnosed in 1992. However, her timelessly elegant style lives on. As is well known, elegance never fades.

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