Audrey Hepburn: White Dress from 1954’s Sabrina [Iconic Style]

First, you should know that I’m a bit obsessed with Audrey Hepburn, so I might be biased here, but in my opinion, her first appearance in Sabrina’s white ballgown is an iconic moment in film and fashion history. And it’s a look worth revisiting.

Sabrina stars Audrey Hepburn as the title character, Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larabee, and William Holden as David Larabee. Directed by Billy Wilder, the movie follows the chauffeur’s daughter (Hepburn) and her relationship with the Larabee sons (Bogart and Holden), who are technically her father’s employers. The romantic comedy was number one at the box office and continues to be a classic favorite over the decades since its release.

Audrey Hepburn was a big fan of Givenchy and worked with the designers on many occasions throughout her career. But back in 1954, her gown on Sabrina was one of their first collaborations. What they created was an elegant strapless dress:

The ensemble features a floating bustle train over a pencil skirt, which is visible from the front, as well as a tapered waistline and low-v line in the back, which give Hepburn a feminine silhouette. Either the lowest layer of the overskirt or its hem are a lovely black ruffle, while the bodice and hem are meticulously hand-embroidered with delicate black pearl peacock motifs. Hepburn-as-Sabrina completed the look with long white gloves, a pair of black kitten heels and diamond flower earrings with pearl drops.

The infamous Givenchy dress would go on to be owned by Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher before being auctioned off in 2017. Find out even more about Audrey Hepburn’s iconic gown at

Watch the dress in 1954’s Sabrina:

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