My Fair Lady Ballgown, Part I


During a 1964 press event for the movie, WWD asked Hepburn if she expected her style to be altered after wearing Beaton’s designs for her role in the movie. “Well, I don’t think so because I am rather geometric,” she said, adding that it would be “Givenchy all the way” for the Gotham leg of the press tour. Audrey Hepburn’s character Eliza Doolittle is wearing a dirty old dress, apron and tattered blue coat, and an unflattering straw hat. Although she is covered in grime, her outfit is still accessorized with paisleys at the waist, the same flowers she is selling for her living.

All your purchases support the Victoria & Albert Museum. When he arrives home, he wanders aimlessly into his study, and starts playing a recording of what Eliza Doolittle said on her first visit to his house…. She tells Professor Higgins that all she wants is kindness from him and how she’s come to regard him as a dear friend. Audrey Hepburn’s character visits Professor Higgins’ mother to tell her what happened.

“We wanted to show him not just as as a misogynist, wealthy person, but a man with ideas.” Yeargan settled on art that referenced new styles like Fauvism and Cubism, which intentionally clash with the Edwardian paneling. Coincidentally, Zuber is currently preparing costumes for the London production of “Moulin Rouge! She was more reserved about how her character’s on-screen transformation mirrored “the so-called Hollywood star system.” “Well, I don’t know.

Professor Higgins’ good friend, the wealthy colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) asks Professor Higgins about his boast that he could pass off Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In stark contrast to the opulent clothing of the wealthy, a dirty and bedraggled flower seller, Eliza Doolittle , approaches the posh crowd and tries to sell them paisleys, speaking with a very strong Cockney accent. Is there and he captures which legendary actress has lost the best actress oscar a whopping 18 times? her improper English in his notebook, and brags about how he could turn her into a lady in six months time, and even pass her off at the prestigious Embassy Ball as upper class. A demure long-sleeve shift paired with subdued blush pumps lets a graphic striped blazer take center stage. Skip the enormous hat – trust me, the classmates sitting behind you will thank you for this choice – and instead opt for an eye-catching headband.

The silhouette and the graphic detail of the black on white make the look so memorable. On The Mindy Project, has been lucky enough to see some of the original looks from My Fair Lady. “They are so beautifully made,” he gushes about the ensembles. Some of the costumes have been sold to private collectors, but others, like Eliza’s nightgown and the green jumper from the “Rain in Spain” scene currently are being preserved at the Warner Bros. archive in Burbank. Never assume that you are completely anonymous and cannot be identified by your posts.

He wears a brown coat and a hat that makes him look like a detective. He’s taking notes in a notebook and seems to know where everybody comes from. The colonel, who is in this scene too, also believes at first that he is a detective. Well, Higgins tells the crowd that he is a phonetic teacher. So, there we can see how the costumes deceive the spectator, but also the other characters of the films, on the identity of the one who is wearing them.

Before her transformation into a posh member of high society, Eliza is a ragged but plucky character who sings of her desire for a warm, loving home of her own (and lots of chocolates to eat!). Despite her dirty clothes and smudged face, Eliza’s pre-makeover look is rather endearing in a fictional gamine sort of way. The spectacular fur designed for this extra at the Embassy Ball hides an equally spectacular dress underneath. Maggie MayJune 26th, 2020 Audrey and Cecil must have had great fun rummaging through the costumes. The peach suit is reminiscent of styles seen in period fashion plates, like this 1914 one from The Delineator . I’m not sure if this is the same as the last dress at the fence , but it’s close.

Beaton’s reward was an Academy Award for Costume Design. My Fair Lady also won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Harrison. However, this was not Beaton’s first adventure into costume and set design. He had already won Academy Awards for his costumes for Vincente Minnelli’s film Gigi in 1958, and designed costumes for Turandot and La Traviata at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Beaton designed more than 1,000 costumes, including Hepburn’s Royal Ascot ensemble. Now, the Edwardian-style chiffon blouse worn by the actress and believed to have been designed by Beaton will be auctioned Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The ivory-colored garment is woven with a silk stripe and has a neck ruffle and detailed cuffs. Film fans will recognize the garment as what Hepburn’s “Eliza Doolittle” wore for the “Rain in Spain” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” scenes. The effect Audrey Hepburn had wearing her jeweled ball gown in the movie, was similar to the effect she had in real life when she entered the set the first time wearing this dress.