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The story about how Audrey Hepburn became Givenchy’s Muse goes as so… Givenchy got a message saying that Miss Hepburn was in his shop waiting for a fitting, exited about having the legendary Katherine Hepburn there he came out to find not Kate, But Audrey Hepburn to his surprise.

Their relationship grew and Audrey Hepburn became Givenchi’s prime model and of course the face of Givenchi in a time when starlets, not models, showed off the designer clothes.

In most of the old photos of Audrey’s appearances, she is usually wearing Givenchi and Audrey went on to make his most famous ads. It’s actually hard to find a photo of her in Black and white wher she is not wearing Givenchi.

Those ad campaigns and photos are so popular that people have tried to recreate them as in this photo of model Model Romilly Collins wears the black Givenchy dress made for Audrey Hepburn in the classic 1961 film ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys. Romilly tried to recreate the pose that audrey was in in her dress. That Givenchi dress sold for around $88k at auction at Christies in London, 2006.

A few of Audrey’s dresses have been auctioned.

Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. The daughter of a wealthy English banker and a Dutch baroness. She was born into high society but when the war came many things changed. The Nazi occupation was hard on Audrey and she is said to have suffered from malnutrition, like many kids in those days.

Liv Tyler GivenchiAfter the war, life for Audrey became better and she attended ballet school. Her parents were now divorced and she was with her mother. She was very graceful, petite and incredibly feminine with a slim build, long neck and tiny wrists and ankles. In that era a woman did not need to be 5’10″ to model and at 5’6″, Audrey Hepburn began modeling. Audrey’s grace made her a natural at it and she was spotted by a producer who cast her in a film.

The first part was a small bit, but she was cast in many more films and became very popular in the U.S. Her grace and understated sexiness made her a star.  She was so unlike the curvy sex kittens of the time. Audrey was elegant and refined. Between the 1950′s and 1970′s Audrey Hepburn was very busy making films and in 1993 Audrey Hepburn died of cancer, leaving a legacy of grace and elegance that designers still try to match to this day.

There have been many campaigns that try to capture her look, recently Liv Tyler did an ad for Givenchy that tried to capture Audrey’s spirit. Many Models have tried, but, no model has ever seemed to quite capture that same look.

Here is a photo gallery of Audrey Hepburn and vintage fashion, Audrey was usually in Givenchy.