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    Audrey Hepburn "Sabrina Fairchild" signature white organza gown with black floral embroidery for Sabrina from a design by Hubert de Givenchy. (Paramount, 1954) Historic 2-piece bespoke gown from a design by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by Audrey Hepburn in one of her most beloved roles. Acquired by Debbie Reynolds in her unparalleled Hollywood memorabilia collection. The white strapless organza gown appears light as a cloud, clinging to form in a simple pencil-like sheath dress, but subsidized by a voluminous bustled train that attaches to the back for dramatic affect. The entire confection of an ensemble is meticulously hand embroidered with delicate black thread and pearl peacock feather motif at the bodice and hem. The unforgettable gown was not only highly visible in the Cinderella moment of the film when "Sabrina", the daughter of a chauffeur, upstages the haughty socialites at a party, but was regularly worn off-screen for publicity around the world to promote the film. Like all true innovations in any field, this legendary design has sparked contention and counterclaims. As the story goes, director Billy Wilder advised Hepburn to go to Paris to pick out her own costumes for the film in order to really inhabit the experience of her character. She visited the Paris atelier of Givenchy, protégé of Balenciaga and up-and-coming designer in his own right. Givenchy told Hepburn that he would have no opportunity to accommodate her as he was already working on his upcoming season's collection, but did agree to allow her to select designs from the previous season's offerings. Here the competing accounts begin. One side holds that Audrey brought back three dresses, among them this hand embroidered gown, and wore the Givenchy-made garments in the film. Others assert that Hepburn brought back designs from Givenchy, giving them to Edith Head who supervised the creation of original wardrobe for the film. Some have suggested that Head created her versions from the Givenchy pieces, themselves. Whatever the case may be, the gown on offer here not only screen matches, it also matches the extensive body of production and promotional still photography created for the film, down to the most minute detail and nuance of the delicate embroidery. Both the gown and its train feature "Paramount Pictures Inc. Ladies Wardrobe" stamps. However the gown came to be, the results were a triumph for all involved: Edith Head won an Academy Award for Sabrina, Givenchy reached the rarefied world of haute couture superstardom, and Hepburn became an international fashion icon with a reputation that endures to this day. This gown and Hepburn's famous Ascot ensemble worn as "Eliza Doolittle" in My Fair Lady are doubtlessly the two most important and visible gowns worn by the style icon among so many memorable fashions. Exhibiting some seam separation, some very small moth holes, general staining and yellowing from age. Has minor 2.5 x 2 in. fabric loss to the lower back of the dress and 12 in. separation on the left flank of the train. The fabric remains supple, shapely and otherwise intact. In vintage very good condition. Without question, one of the most important dresses in film history.

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    October, 2017
    7th Saturday
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