Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace

Every once in a while when I pull out one of the magazines from my vintage magazine collection I turn a page and am gobsmacked. That happened this week when I was pulling out old September issues and set aside a Woman's Home Companion from 1956. 

There she was, Audrey Hepburn on page 40 in full page color…

This picture of Hepburn is from the 1956 movie War and Peace where she plays Natasha Rostov.

I read the book long ago but somehow have never seen this movie. 

WHC said:

"Natasha is 17, naive, romantic, rapturously in love with life. At her first ball she meets and enchants Andrei (Mel Ferrer, her real-life husband), the vital, dashing cavalry colonel. Andrei is married to a vain woman whom he hates. He is disillusioned by his first bitter taste of war. He turns to Natasha for fulfillment. when their love waivers, Andrei's close friend, the idealistic Pierre (Henry Fonda), tries to reconcile them--and instead finds himself falling in love with the luminous child-woman, Natasha."

Miss Hepburn's wardrobe in the movie, and the woman in the wardrobe, inspired fall fashions for 1956.  Here is Natasha at her first ball (the quality is poor as the picture was so small):

And here is the dress made for holiday parties in 1956:

Here is Hepburn at the end of the movie in the red dress she made famous:

And a dress inspired by it:

Wouldn't this red dress still turn heads in the autumn of 2014?

I love the fashions of the 1950s.

And who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn?

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