An Audrey Hepburn Givenchy hat from Funny Face
Paramount, 1957. Composed of light brown straw-like material with a brown grosgrain band. The interior bears a black "Made in France / Hubert de Givenchy" label and an additional white inventory tag inscribed "4947."
Provenance: Profiles in History, Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction, December 15, 2012, lot 423.
Hepburn wears this hat during the photo shoot with Fred Astaire at the train station in Paris. The actress plays an intellectual bookstore employee whose modeling potential is discovered when fasion editor Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) and photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) stage a photo shoot in her shop. Although deservedly famous for its Gershwin songs and dance numbers, Funny Face is at least as well known for its costumes. Givenchy and Hepburn had a long relationship, beginning on the set of Sabrina (1953), and continuing until Hepburn's death in 1991. Hepburn once said of the designer, "his are the only clothes in which I feel myself."
Approximately 13 x 7 in.