An Audrey Hepburn Givenchy hat
Jade green silk velvet bell-shaped hat with turquoise feather and crystal bead tassels, bearing a "Givenchy Paris / Made in France" label. Pictured in American Vogue, November 1964, p. 119, in a photograph by Cecil Beaton of the actress in a black sleeveless shift dress. The 10-page article featured a number of photographs of the actress in Givenchy clothing and accessories and was time to promote Hepburn's appearance in My Fair Lady, which was released on Christmas Day, 1964. The article mentions this hat in particular, "...little Oriental evening fantasies like this - bright jade green velvet with tassels of cut feathers, crystal beads (Miss Hepburn is mad about this one, plans to wear it often for late day and small dinners)."
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."
Provenance: Collection of Audrey Hepburn; Collection of Tanja Star-Busmann; Kerry Taylor Auctions, December 8, 2009, lot 287; accompanied by a corresponding Certificate of Authenticity from the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, signed by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.