The delicate cream lace dress Audrey Hepburn was wearing while accepting her one and only Oscar in 1954 goes up for auction at the end of this month in London.
The dress, designed by the legendary studio costume designer Edith Head for Hepburn’s role in Roman Holiday (for which she won that Oscar), was later adapted for her appearance at the ’54 Academy Awards, at which Head also accepted an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Afterwards, however, Hepburn snubbed Head by choosing Hubert de Givenchy to design all of the costumes in her films and had him written into her studio contract.
The dress is expected to fetch over £270,000 (roughly $450,000 USD) and could sell for much more.
According The Daily Mail, “Audrey gave the dress to her mother Ella van Heemstra, who in turn gave it to a friend living in America. It has been with that family ever since, stored away in a box in the bottom of a wardrobe.”
Hepburn’s mother had told them that Audrey always referred to the gown as her ‘Lucky Dress’.
Nearly every Hollywood starlet ever interviewed in recent decades has listed Hepburn as an inspiration and influence.
What current Hollywood actress would you like to see wearing Hepburn’s lucky dress to this year’s Academy Awards?
I vote Michelle Williams. The buzz so far is that she may get a nom for her role in My Week With Marilyn. I haven’t seen the movie, but I think Williams, after suffering through such heartbreak, could use a little luck. Plus, she may be the only nominee who could fit in the dress— its measurements: bust 32 inches and waist 24 inches.
Dress goes up for sale, 29 November at Kerry Taylor Auctions, the London auction house behind the previous Hepburn sale.