Audrey Hepburn was definitely one of my favorites. She had style. She was known for her beauty, grace and elegance. She also introduced the LBD (little black dress) as we know it. Originally designed by Coco Chanel, it has taken many forms to date. However, there is no mistaking that the style of this particular Givenchy version worn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been a ageless classic .
It’s been said that it’s never really the dress, but how a woman wears it that counts. In order to understand why that dress in that movie was so captivating, we need to look into the life of the one that debuted it.
Audrey Hepburn was the daughter of an English banker and a Dutch baroness. Her lot in life was far more privileged than the average actress of that era. She attended a private school in London and went on to Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands. She also studied ballet, modeling and acting and as a result, became a legendary star.
Later in life, she chose to leave the film industry for philanthropy. Her most notable work was with UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund. She was named their special ambassador and later was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
My point is this. From an early age forward she was schooled in the proper social graces; how to walk, how to talk, how to dress and how to wear her makeup and hair; all this before she even hit the stage. She didn’t have to work at looking good, as so many of us do. However, an understanding and application of the appropriate social graces truly smoothes out the rough spots in the navigation of life. Hepburn taught us early on, how to wear that LBD. She also taught us a great deal about life.
Question: Do you have more than one LBD?!