Friday, December 23, 2011

Favorite Audrey Movie Fashions: #3

It’s a perfect movie fashion moment from "Funny Face."

Audrey the fashion model is in the Louvre, hiding behind the Winged Victory statue. She yells down for photographer Fred Astaire to tell her when to start, and when he does so, she emerges in this magnificent red stunner, gliding down a staircase in a scene so perfectly composed that it’s a moment to always remember.

The 1957 musical is about fashion, so what better movie to showcase Audrey and Hubert de Givenchy, who was her designer and friend for 40 years? She’s lovely from beginning to end, but what works about this moment is that the merging of Audrey and fashion builds to this point, where Audrey’s character Jo finally owns the fact that she’s a model. Her emergence is symbolic of the character and the freedom she feels.

I’m not quite done with Givenchy, but you’ll have to wait just a little longer for more. Pretty much every outfit in this movie belongs on this list, but this is the one that I remember and love the most.


  1. CFB, I've been following your Audrey posts -- this has to be my favorite picture of Audrey ever. I can't take my eyes off of her in the red gown. Spectacular! I've been enjoying these and look forward to more.

  2. Glad you are enjoying the posts! This is just spectacular. When she throws her arms up, Audrey has this long line that looks even better against the statue in the background. Kudos also to director Stanley Donen for capturing this angle so brilliantly.

  3. The word "iconic" is often overused (including by me!), but that shot of Audrey in glorious red, white-gloved arms throw high, is just that.

  4. This is a wonderful post. Hepburn looks fantastic in just about anything. Her clothes are the best in Funny Face.

  5. They are terrific in this film. Years ago, when I finally made it to Paris, I went to the Louvre to see Winged Victory and stand at the bottom of the steps, where I imagined Audrey floating down the stairs in this dress.

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