Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar gown – Audrey Hepburn once said : « Happy girls are the prettiest.
Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar – Dress – Audrey Hepburn once said: “Happy girls are the prettiest.” Although modest despite her insurmountable success and icon status, Miss Hepburn might not in fact be “terribly happy,” as she stated in her Oscar acceptance speech at the 26th annual Academy Awards. In fact, she was and remains regarded as one of the prettiest women of all time. The actresses’petite frame, elegant silhouettes and clever fashion choices – all of which helped launch her into legend status – were all displayed when she took to the stage in 1945 to accept Hollywood’s most popular award for her role in Roman Holiday.
(Video footage of Audrey Hepburn Award winner night)
Oscar Nights: Audrey Hepburn
It was held at New York RKO Pantages Theater on 25 March 1954. Frank Sinatra won the Oscar for best actor ; Walt Disney won four Oscars ; From Here To Eternity won the award for best motion picture ; and Jean Hersholt awarded Audrey Hepburn with the Academy Award for best actor. The moment would go down in Hollywood history as one of many fashion triumphs for Audrey. Audrey accepts her award as effortlessly as only Audrey can do, just moments after her wig and costume makeup from the play, Ondine, which she had retrieved down the street before being whisked away in her limousine and taken to the RKO! Source Here
FACTS: Audrey lost her Award when on her way to the Press Conference post-rising. She was given an extra for her to hold for the shot being taken. Fortunately they eventually found where she left her. In this free Google book here, see the whole story.
The designer of Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar gown
For this occasion Audrey naturally chose Givenchy, her favorite designer who would not only dress herself personally and professionally, but be a close confidant to whom she would develop a deep and tightly connected friendship for more than forty years. A blossoming and barely known Audrey had sought Givenchy a short time earlier to insist he had her and her character transformed for the Sabrina film, which he reluctantly and wisely did. That meeting of mind would prove to be the beginning of a fashion fairy tale Throughout the future, the duo would engage in a delicate dance of the designer and the doll, and an intricate Tango of inspiration and muse. It was unclear at times who bolstered who because both the adored actress and the high-tech designer significantly advanced their careers. Audrey once said to Givenchy that he was like her big brother. One thing was sure – Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy shared an unwavering courtship of charisma and couture. Source here
The Givenchy ensemble proved to be no less iconic than some others that she would maintain in years to come. The dress was a ballerina length jewel with a belt. Cream colored soft floral lace detail and Audrey’s signature straight horizontal neckline made it a classic piece that would later be featured in museums. This particular neckline was formally referred to as décolleté barbata and was later mentioned as a décolleté Sabrina thanks to the actress’s preference for it. The back of the dress was fit for a ballerina and contained delicate spaghetti strapped and buttoned backs. The dress was not a pure Givenchy collection. It was composed by Hubert de Givenchy himself.
The only thing that might make the dress prettier was probably to drape it on the beautiful Audrey. Her petite frame, paired with her strong broad shoulders and toned arms raised the gown to new levels of elegance. Audrey was flatteringly supported with a shaved back pixie cut and piecey bangs. The makeup was simple and classic – a full, bold brow Audrey preferred, a slightly a zipped eye and deep crimson lips. Audrey was always able to accessorize and this occasion was no exception as the muse knew the dress would stand on its own and only chose to pair it with simple pearl earrings. The look created itself perfectly and was able to show the effortless elegance that Audrey fashioned herself time and again.
The 1954 became a successful one for Miss Hepburn. Young actress’s career was bolstered by her Roman Holiday success, Oscar victory and was already in production on her next wildly successful movie Sabrina. She had to keep up her friendship with Givenchy and her style and beauty were idolized by women in all parts of America. Though the film for which she won an Oscar only paid her $12,500, it was the catalyst to her success for many years to come. Audrey Hepburn was well on her way to becoming an unstoppable Hollywood legend with her insatiable beauty, talent, modesty and the assistance of one of France’s most renowned designers as her new best friend.