Audrey Hepburn: Still our ultimate style icon

Audrey Hepburn's Style Transformation
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Audrey Hepburn: Still our ultimate style icon
The stunning Audrey Hepburn, with a classic swept hair style.
Nautical style for Audrey involves a fun hat and some seriously stylish shades.
A young Audrey takes a stroll through Kew Gardens, in a large-print plaid dress.
Audrey with her fiancee, industrialist James Hanson, wearing a pretty shirt with a high collar.
Audrey poses on a bridge, wearing striped crops and a dark sweater with a peter pan collar.
Audrey cut into a 'Welcome Home' cake, wearing an impeccable belted dress. She had just arrived back in London after the filming of 'Roman Holiday.'
Audrey signed an autograph book for two young girls on the set of director Billy Wilder's film, 'Sabrina'. Hepburn was wearing a skirt suit designed by Hubert de Givenchy with a hat and hoop earrings.
Audrey Hepburn touches up her make-up off the set of 'Sabrina.'
Audrey married Mel Ferrer in a beautiful Balmain dress.  The dress had a tea-length skirt and tiny waist, with wide chiffon shoulders to complement her perfectly.
Audrey modeled this gorgeous patterned dress at an Amsterdam fashion show.

Audrey literally couldn't look more charming in this photo, playing golf barefoot in a summer dress.

This looks like a perfect day... Audrey was classically chic in this sweet dress, writing a letter in a palm grove.

Audrey knew how to rock a robe, too -- we love the fun pattern.

Audrey browsing through the wardrobe at a photographer's studio, but we're more interested in what she was wearing!  You probably remember this look: a full length red coat dress with a white poodle motif. 

Audrey in a floral-print day dress and sun hat.
Even when she's casual, Audrey looks chic.  Sitting below the Eiffel Tower in Paris, she's wearing a coat we just need to have... stat.
Audrey stands in a park with a poodle and her director Billy Wilder, wearing a shawl with a plaid shirt and shorts. 
Audrey looking happy with her pet Yorkie, Mr. Famous.
Possibly the most iconic look of Audrey's, she takes a lunch break while wearing a black dress, gloves and pearls.
Audrey looked impeccable stepping out of a car in this tweed skirt suit.
Audrey looked lovely on stage at the Cinema Festival. 
Audrey chose a shorter, simply sweet dress and head scarf for her second wedding, to psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.
Audrey attended the 47th Annual Academy Awards in a sleeveless gown, embellished on top.
Audrey in a butterfly-patterned dress, standing with Rob Wolders during the 4th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Audrey was stunning in this patterned silk dress and coat with matching earrings.
Audrey looked stunning during the LIFE 50th Anniversary Gala at Radio City Music Hall.
If anyone can rock stripes and polka dots to the Academy Awards, it's Audrey.
We love the pop of pink in the shrug Audrey chose to pair with this sleek strapless gown.

Holy feathers! Audrey wore this vibrant ensemble to the 8th Annual CDFA Awards.

Audrey definitely fell in love with volume in her later years, wearing this material-heavy gown in attendance of the American Film Institute honoring Gregory Peck.
Audrey looked positively lovely in polka dots at the International Emmy Awards.
Audrey wore this sleek long-sleeved silk gown to the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Audrey walks down a village pathway with Vietnamese "Dao" hill tribe children.  She is wearing an ethnic minority traditional costume given to her by the women of this village in northern Vietnam.
Audrey attended the International Women's Forum in a chic white suit.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Audrey Hepburn in 1991, and she absolutely popped in this brightly patterned coat.
Audrey Hepburn during the 8th Annual Night of Stars Fashion Festival, wearing bright fuchsia and looking stunning.

Audrey wore a similar dress to the Casita Maria Fiesta Benefit, but this one paired bright green with a black and gold embellished top.


Audrey Hepburn is one of the world's most admired fashion icons. The British actress was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston and was an active performer during Hollywood's "Golden Age."

May 4th would have been Audrey's 87th birthday, had cancer not taken her life in 1993. Born in Belgium to a Dutch Baroness mother and British father, Audrey started taking ballet lessons at the young age of five. Throughout her youth, she traveled with her mother continuing to train and becoming quite experienced by 1944. A trying time in Europe, she secretly danced in front of audiences to raise money for the Dutch resistance.

While studying ballet with Marie Rambert in London, Audrey discovered that her future in ballet was limited due to her height and petite figure caused by the war. It was at that point she decided to pursue acting. She started performing on stage, and would act in a few minor roles before her big break came in "The Secret People."

Her fame only grew with films like "Roman Holiday" and "Sabrina," and finally in what are known as her defining roles: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady."

Hepburn is known for her classic, chic style, and women have modeled full wardrobes after her for decades. She earned a place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961, and her refined, delicate features have won her a spot on many lists of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. Her iconic cropped pant and ballet slippers have become one of the most notable trends in fashion. Audrey was also known for her gorgeous hairstyles, and was the first to perfect the bun as well as make bangs a chic trend.

Click through the gallery above to see Audrey's timeless style.

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