Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Icon: Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

There's no better excuse than a trip to Paris to figure out a new wardrobe.

When you find yourself stuck in a rut of isolation and a drab existence, sometimes you need to step outside of your comfort zone and pursue whatever random opportunity presents itself, no matter how frightening it may be. 

Take Jo (Audrey Hepburn), for instance. She worked at a dark little bookstore in New York when, by a twist of fate, the editor and photographer for a women's fashion magazine decided to conduct an impromptu photoshoot there. What ensued was a job offer in Paris to model for the magazine and a well-known fashion designer. Could life have gotten any better for Jo?

Though Funny Face (1957) may be somewhat flawed in the sense that at the heart of the film is a love story between Audrey and Fred Astaire - yawn - it is still nonetheless a musical about fashion, set in Paris.

Costume design legend, Edith Head, also provided some iconic looks in All About Eve (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958), not to mention that she shared the work on this film with none other than the great Hubert de Givenchy.

Iconic is an understatement.

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