A cache of Audrey Hepburn’s clothes is up for auction

A Givenchy haute couture jade velvet cocktail dress from 1967. Audrey was photographed wearing the dress while dancing with Mel Ferrer.

A pristine collection of some of the most recognizable pieces worn by Audrey Hepburn during the 1950s and ’60s will be up for auction on December 8 in London. The curator of the Passion for Fashion sale, Kerry Taylor (kerrytaylorauctions.com), has some of the most elegant pieces on offer, many designed personally for Hepburn by couturier Hubert de Givenchy. Hepburn has often been regarded as Givenchy’s muse, though she is known to have worked alongside the famed designer, who credited her eye for selecting and sometimes toning down the detailing of his garments as the key ingredient in her timeless style. (Gallery after the jump)

Also on the block is an ivory satin bridal gown designed by the Fontana Sisters, known for working with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, for Audrey’s wedding to James Hanson in 1952, which never took place. A 23-year-old Audrey was photographed wearing the dress at a fitting that occurred during her filming of Roman Holiday. Audrey famously told the sisters, “I want my dress to be worn by another girl for her wedding, perhaps someone who couldn’t ever afford a dress like mine, the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find.” It was given to Amabile Altobella, who married a farmer and had a long, happy marriage. [IHT]

Click the images below for a gallery of some of the pieces up for auction.

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