Audrey Hepburn exhibition opens her wardrobe to Hong Kong fans ahead of Christie’s auction in London
From a cardigan made for her by Givenchy to a Burberry trench coat, fans will get a rare insight into the film and fashion icon at a Hong Kong exhibition at the Landmark Atrium
Hong Kong fans of film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn will get to see a rare collection of her items at an exhibition at the Landmark Atrium next month.
The“Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection Exhibition” will be on display in early September, and will offer fans a glimpse into the upcoming Christie’s auction of more than 300 lots in London on September 27.
It will include film-related pieces such as Hepburn’s annotated scripts for the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade (1963), as well as mementos from co-stars. The late actress, fashion icon and humanitarian is one of a few people to have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards.
Fashion lovers will be happy to learn that some of the most impressive items going under the hammer are from her wardrobe: from a Burberry trench coat which is estimated at £6,000 to £8,000 (US$7,680 to US$10,240) and a collection of white shirts, to the scarlet André Laug shift worn at an awards ceremony. There is also a cardigan made for her by Givenchy, as well as a selection of ballet pumps in a rainbow of colours, with estimates from £1,500.
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Hepburn’s name was fashionably linked with the celebrated couturier Hubert de Givenchy – a creative love affair which started when he designed Hepburn’s wardrobe for her second Hollywood film, the 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina. He continued to collaborate with the star in films such as Love in the Afternoon (1957), Funny Face (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles (1964) and How to Steal a Million (1966).
A highlight of the London sale is a blue satin Givenchy cocktail dress worn by Hepburn in a promotional photo shoot by William Klein for Two for the Road in 1967 (estimate: £10,000-£15,000).
The auction also features Hepburn’s personal archive of photographs, including official portraits and wardrobe photographs from My Fair Lady (1964), and Vanity Fair prints of Hepburn taken by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
“Her name is one that instantly resonates; her appeal and relevance remain as strong today as they ever were,” says Adrian Hume-Sayer, director of private collections at Christie’s. “The sales will offer fans and collectors alike the opportunity to acquire unique personal objects which have never before been seen on the market and which will undoubtedly offer new insights into the remarkable life of a remarkable woman. We hope the sales will pay tribute to the timeless style of this legendary actress.”
In December 2006, a black satin evening gown designed by Givenchy for Hepburn’s Holly Golightly character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold at Christie’s South Kensington for £456,200. The dress had a pre-sale estimate of £50,000-£70,000.
Hepburn died in 1993 aged 63.
The exhibition runs from Sept 1 to Sept 8, 10am to 8pm. Details of the auction at christies.com/audreyhepburn