|1960s Flower Power: Photo-Howell Conant|
Audrey Hepburn has captivated us with her beauty and style from the day she first stepped onto the Broadway stage as Gigi. Colette, the author of the 1945 novel, had spotted her on the French Riviera set of Monte Carlo Baby and is rumored to have decided on her for the role then and there.
|Audrey as Gigi on Broadway in 1951|
|Sept. 1951 PARIS MATCH: "La nouvelle Gigi..."|
Audrey's career would take a giant leap forward when she was cast as the rebelling Princess in 1953s Roman Holiday. She charmed the entire world and won an Academy Award: an amazing achievement for a first-time starring role in a major film.
Costumer Edith Head also won an Oscar for the film, in which Hepburn underwent a makeover of style as well as personality. Her hair was cut in the fashionable "Italian cut": a short bob with bangs, and her bejeweled, regal gowns were abandoned for a snappy skirt and blouse.
|Audrey as Princess Ann in a classic 1953 hat|
|Sept. 1953: Italian-bobbed: cover of TIME|
In her next film Sabrina-1954, Hepburn got yet another style upgrade. As a chauffeur's daughter, Sabrina Fairchild, who goes to Paris for Culinary School and returns transformed, she wore Hubert de Givenchy couture garments for the first time. To complete the Parisian look, her makeup and accessories were bold and dramatic.
|Sabrina returns from Paris: chic makeup, suit and hat|
|Stylish and sporty: Howell Conant for LOOK-1954|
|A somewhat bizarre hat from Sabrina, 1954|
On September 25, 1954 Audrey married Mel Ferrer in Switzerland. Her dress was Balmain couture with a circle of flowers in place of a veil.
|Balmain wedding dress; floral headpiece|
Audrey quickly became the darling of the fashion world as well as the print media. She was soon gracing magazine covers, layouts and feature stories the world over.
|Avedon for Harper's BAZAAR: April 1956|
|In Givenchy: photo by Willy Rizzo: March, 1956|
|Zebra striped hat-Photo by Avedon, Oct. 1956|
|Givenchy for Love in the Afternoon, 1957|
|Elegant headgear: February 1957|
|Floral crop top, pants and matching hat-1957|
In the 1957 movie Funny Face, Audrey played Jo Stockton, an idealistic philosopher whose bookstore is invaded by a high fashion photo shoot. Photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and Quality Editor Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) choose Jo as the new face of their magazine. She is given (yet another) makeover and the three are off to Paris for a round of promotional Fashion shows and photo sessions.
|Jo tries on the Fashion Shoot hat in Funny Face, 1957|
|Japanese poster for Funny Face|
|Haute couture hat and bling in Paris-Funny Face|
|Paris photo shoot at the flower market-Funny Face|
Not sure if the fab photo below is a hat or just hair jewelry with a topknot. Let's call it a hat, so that it can be part of this post! Photographed inside Maxim's restaurant in Paris in 1957 by Richard Avedon.
|Pure elegance-Balmain couture; Avedon-1957|
On July 17, 1960 Audrey's longtime dream came true. She and husband Mel Ferrer welcomed a baby boy, Sean Hepburn Ferrer into the world.
|White pillbox hat-baby Sean's Christening-Nov. 27,1960|
|Holding husband Mel Ferrer's hand at Sean's Christening|
In Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961-Audrey was Holly Golightly, a wacky but sweet party girl with a stunning wardrobe, including a few amazing hats.
|Breakfast at Tiffany's-1961|
|The "Sing Sing" hat from Breakfast...-1961|
|...and the entire Givenchy ensemble|
|Inside Tiffany & Company with George Peppard|
|"Hollywood has rejuvenated"-July 1961|
|In red Givenchy ensemble-1961|
|Plum elegant! Howell Conant for LIFE-May, 1962|
|Safari type helmet-1962|
In 1963's Charade, Audrey played Regina "Reggie" Lampert, a hapless widow pursued by some mercenary bad guys, but, as always--looking chic and with Cary Grant, a knight in shining armor (or is he?) to help her out. The action moves from a ski resort in the Swiss Alps to Paris, including a climactic chase through the Metro.
|Charade's opening scenes-stylish wrap ski hat|
|At her husband's funeral in netted pillbox-Charade,1963|
|Best hat in Paris When it Sizzles-1964|
|Hat and dress back view, showing the design genius of Givenchy|
In the 1966 film How to Steal a Million, Nicole Bonnet, played by Audrey Hepburn, romps through Paris in mod Givenchy gear, with a handsome professional burglar (Peter O'Toole) on hand as both romantic interest and accomplice.
|Mod helmet and shades-How to...1966|
|Publicity shot for How to...Douglas Kirkland-1965|
Another by Douglas Kirkland, taken during filming-1965
|Crisp navy with white pillbox|
|With Peter O'Toole in publicity photo for How to Steal a Million|
Audrey always made simple headscarves look elegant. Never was this more charming than in her 1969 wedding to Andrea Dotti.
|Pink Givenchy bridal ensemble; Roger Vivier shoes-Jan. 1969|
|Flowered wide-brim: UK VOGUE, April 1971|
|Audrey in the 1970s-wide brimmed floral|
|Flower Power 1980s style! Givenchy|
|The grand finale: Audrey, 1980s--gorgeous as always!|