A Fashion Trio for the Ages: Hepburn, Givenchy, and Sabrina

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, wearing Hubert de Givenchy creation: photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, wearing Hubert de Givenchy creation: photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Last night TCM aired one of my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies, 1954’s Sabrina. Sabrina tells the tale of a chauffeur’s daughter who pines over the handsome playboy son of the wealthy, Long Island family for whom her father works. After her father ships her off to Paris to attend cooking school and kick her crush, Sabrina returns two years later sporting a complete makeover, including a new haircut and Parisian style. When Sabrina accepts an invitation to a fancy dance from her former crush, she promises to wear “a lovely evening dress with yards of skirt and way off the shoulders.” And so enters Sabrina, as the belle of the ball, in the strapless, iconic Hubert de Givenchy dress that would launch the french designer and one of the greatest collaborations in film and fashion history: Hepburn and Givenchy. And here, the story behind the story gets more interesting … Continue reading

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Balenciaga and Wang

 

 

Alexander Wang Harper's Bazaar, August 2013 Photo credit:  Melvin Sokolsky

Alexander Wang
Harper’s Bazaar, August 2013 Photo credit: Melvin Sokolsky

First I read the book on Cristobal Balenciaga; now his story continues in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. It features designer Alexander Wang’s new role as creative director of the house of Balenciaga. When Wang replaced Nicolas Ghesquiere as creative director he had big shoes to fill. But rather than get bogged down in that concept, he became a student of the master himself, Cristobal Balenciaga, in order to fulfill his destiny at the helm: “Cristobal was about finding purity in a silhouette or seam.” ~ Alexander Wang. Wang’s February debut at Balenciaga was a success and according to the article, at age 29 he seems to be on the right path to continue the legacy.

 

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