One of my favorite movies is My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn. Early on, I was stunned by the costumes worn by Hepburn in the movie. They were over-the-top and fabulous!
If you’re not familiar with the plot of the movie, I’ll briefly summarize: This is a story of a poor young girl, Eliza, who lives in England and speaks with an accent that immediately distinguishes her as a member of a lower social class. She encounters a professor of phoenetics who eventually agrees to teach her “proper” English. Eliza soon becomes a “lady” and her new social graces are tested as she attends various upper class events. First, Eliza is brought to a horse race. In this scene of the movie she wears the marvelous dress which is featured above. But she is not the only one wearing an eye-catching dress; most of the women attending the horse race were also wearing black and white dresses with oversized hats, bows, and ruffles. I was amazed, even after watching this movie for the millionth time, by the impressive outfits, some classic and elegant, others choppy and abstract. I determined that the costume designer ( Cecil Beaton) of this film must have been a creative genius! The wonderfully designed costumes won him a much deserved Academy Award.
The next dress was worn in the ball where she danced with the princess. She looked like an angel and a princess. The gown was dazzling and gorgeous. The hair and eye catching jewelry completed the outfit.
Lastly is the pink dress she wore in the last scene.
This dress may be a bit to “princessy”, cheesy, and rosy for my taste. But I could tell a lot of hard work went into designing this dress, and if anyone but Audrie Hepburn wore this dress then it would not be what it was.