Exhibiton: To Audrey With Love
When I read about the exhibition To Audrey With Love, I was interested immediately. This was another chance to make photos of fashion items! I really love to do that, so last Friday, I traveled to The Hague to visit the “Gemeentemuseum” for this exhibition in collaboration of Hubert de Givenchy, the fashion designer who pays homage to his muse, Audrey Hepburn.
“Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality” cited by Audrey
Who was Audrey?
Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (4 May 1929 – 30 January 1993) was a British actress during the Hollywood’s Golden Age. She raised up in a district of Brussels and lived in England, Holland and Belgium. She studied ballet in Amsterdam, before she moved to England in 1948 to perform as a chorus girl in West End musicals.
The list of movies is very long. Gigi, Roman Holiday (she won the Academy Award), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady etc. She won many Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.
Besides of her movie career, she devoted her life to UNICEF. She travelled around the world to visit poor countries to give attention on the importance of education and healthcare. During this exhibition, a proportion of the profits from merchandise will be donated to UNICEF.
Nowadays, Audrey Hepburn is still an important style icon in fashion. Audrey loved the minimalistic style with simple silhouettes. One of her signature looks was the “slim black trousers, flat ballet-style pumps and a fine black jersey” (source: Wikipedia)
Audrey Hepburn was the muse of the fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. This friendship started when he was hired to design wardrobe for “Sabrina” (1954) movie. It was a great opportunity for their both. She was still unknown as a film actor, he just started his fashion house. In the following years, he created designs for Love in the Afternoon (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Funny Face (1957), Charade (1963), Paris When It Sizzles (1964) and How to Steal a Million (1966).
In her private life, she preferred to wear casual and comfortable clothes. In an interview in 1959 she said: “you can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly… you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.” (Source: Wikipedia)
To Audrey with Love
Hubert de Givenchy was involved to set up this exhibition and he has personally selected these wonderful creations. Some pieces have never previously been on show in public! This exhibition also includes design sketches, drawings, photographs and film stills.
It was very interesting and inspiring to get know more about Audrey Hepburn and her fascinating live. I didn’t knew so much about her and I was very curious about the fashion items. Fashion with an (hi) story, that’s what I love the most. The story of the person behind these wonderful creations…