Reel/Real Impact: Sabrina–Audrey Heburn’s Fashion

Edith Head copped the 1954 Oscar for costume design for Billy Wilder’s romantic triangle “Sabrina,” an update of the Cinderella story starring Audrey Hepburn, Bogart, and William Holden. But it was designer Hubert de Givenchy who deserved the credit for Audrey’s infamous little black dress.

The cocktail number with the boat-neck cut is undoubtedly the most influential dress for style, and this film established Hepburn’s popular gamine look. “Sabrina” marked the first of a lifelong collaboration between Givenchy and Hepburn, a coupling that later worker magic in “Funny Face,” Breakfast at Tiffay’s” and “Two for the Road,” among others.