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Audrey Hepburn Givenchy Charade Jacket

Julien's Auctions very own Founder/Executive Director Martin Nolan discusses the Audrey Hepburn's Marigold Givenchy Wool Jacket from the film Charade.

January 4, 2024

Audrey Hepburn | "Charade" Screen-Worn Givenchy Coat

A marigold wool single-breasted knee-length coat designed by French couturier Hubert Givenchy, made for and worn by Audrey Hepburn as Regina "Reggie" Lampert in the mystery/romance Charade (Stanley Donen Films, 1963).

The beautiful 1960s coat features a mandarin collar, and sloped shoulders, darting at the bodice of the coat that tailors the garment at the bust and waist. The coat goes out at the hips into an A-line skirt. The jacket is lined with black silk, complimenting the yellow wool exterior. This coat encapsulates many couture elements: bound buttonholes, custom-made buttons, and hand-sewn lining. The coat has a Givenchy label, but no size tag is present. Givenchy, a lifelong friend of Hepburn, created this design for his fall 1962 couture collection.

Charade follows Regina Lambert (Hepburn) who, after finding out her husband has been mysteriously murdered, finds herself pursued by dangerous men who are after the fortune her deceased husband had stolen. Hepburn won "Best British Actress" at the 1965 BAFTA Film Awards for her performance and scored a nomination for "Best Actress - Comedy or Musical" at the 1964 Golden Globe Awards.

Screenwriter Peter Stone acquired the jacket for his wife (who happened to be the same size as Hepburn) at the end of filming.

Accompanied by an original Christie's tag. Includes a DVD of the film.

PROVENANCE Partial Lot 80, "Film & Entertainment Memorabilia," Christie's, London, England, December 19, 2007

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