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When in Rome…

July 16, 2010

Yay- I finally got around to adding some “Roman Holiday” film screenshots to the Project Audrey pages!

It’s been so long since I last saw this film that I’d forgotten quite how charming it is, and how enchanting Audrey Hepburn is, in what was her first major movie role. She was yet to become any kind of style icon, yet to meet Hubert de Givenchy, who would dress her in later films, and, as a result, Roman Holiday is less about the costume, and more about her perfomance (and the locations!).

What struck me while rewatching this film is the “chameleon” quality Audrey displays (which is perhaps more noticeable when she was an unknown new actress, and less when she became a major star and icon in her own right). In Edith Head’s costumes, she is utterly believable as the regal Princess Ann (above), the epitome of the 1950s ideal of ladylike grooming. She is no less believable as the vulnerable, fussed-over girl who hates all her nightgowns (below). Or indeed as the the spirited carefree girl about town she becomes in Rome.

Very little screen time is given to her “Princess” dresses and formal gowns. More time is spent with her in a variety of night attire- dressing gowns, nightgowns, pyjamas! But most screen time (by nature of the plot) is given to one particular outfit: the white blouse and skirt she wears to escape her royal life for a day of forbidden delights in Rome. What is ingenious is how this one outfit, with a few styling tweaks (which I’ve analysed on this page) totally transforms her from this….

…into this (although of course a haircut certainly helps!)….

The page for Roman Holiday is here, with a list of all the outfits worn. Clicking on an image will open up a page on that particular outfit, as ever, and clicking on any pic will open up a bigger version. Hope it brings a little Roman sunshine to your Friday :)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 5:24 pm

    Oh, I so agree! I adore this movie. I know what I’m watching today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Fluka permalink
    July 19, 2010 2:48 am

    Definitely my favorite Audrey movie of all time!

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