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Audrey Hepburn Is the Duchess of Sussex’s Muse


Audrey was a lifelong friend and muse of Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer, and so it came as no surprise that he designed her wedding dress, not only in real life for her second marriage in 1969, but also for her on-screen nuptials.

Her dress in the 1957 film Funny Face is particularly similar to the Givenchy gown — designed by the fashion house’s new artistic director, Clare Waight Keller — worn by Meghan for her wedding last month.

Both were classic Givenchy — made from figure-hugging cream silk, with flattering boat-shaped necklines and minimal adornment.

And, of course, Meghan’s Ascot outfit this week of a Givenchy shirt-dress with black-and-white hat sparked comparisons with Audrey’s racecourse outfit from My Fair Lady.



Audrey wore a black-and-white Givenchy gown in 1954 film Sabrina, an embroidered dress by the designer to collect her Academy Award later that year — and Givenchy was also behind the black dress she wore in the opening credits of Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

The French designer created a striking frock with a boat-shaped neckline for Audrey in 1953 film Roman Holiday. The boatneck is also a favourite of Meghan’s, memorably worn during the Trooping the Colour this month.

Meghan also opted for Givenchy with the caped dress she wore for her outing with the Queen in Cheshire earlier this month.



Meghan has taken a few tips from Audrey’s wardrobe when it comes to dressing down as well as dressing up.

Both demonstrated a love of the classic Little Black Dress, with Meghan sporting a ‘Jackie O’ dress by U.S. brand Black Halo to a reception in April.

But perhaps their biggest fashion match comes in the shape of stripes, particularly Breton-inspired black and navy-striped T-shirts, one of Audrey’s best-known looks.

In a 2015 blog post devoted to Breton style, Meghan shared a picture of Audrey and wrote: ‘The aesthetic is preppy chic — think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.’



Meghan started her charity work at a young age, volunteering at an LA soup kitchen from the age of 17.

Since then, she’s lent her star power to several international charities, including One Young World and UN Women.

In 2016, she was made global ambassador for World Vision, which took her on trips to Rwanda and India to see the charity’s work on water projects and education.

As well as sharing snaps on her Instagram account, she wrote for Time magazine and has since given speeches on women’s rights.

Similarly, Audrey turned her hand to humanitarian work, becoming a goodwill ambassador for Unicef and going on trips to Ethiopia, Vietnam and Somalia.




From: Daily Mail

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