Chic & You : The Film Series

Chic & You : The Film Series

Funny Face


Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for members and students* • $15 non-members
In Person • In English

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Put your best foot forward when we roll out the red carpet for you with the chic-est film series in Chic-ago! A flute of bubbles included. Enter a chance to win a getaway one-night stay at the Sofitel at each screening!

 

Funny Face (1957, Stanley Donen)

We all know Hollywood It Girls; but no one is more of an It Girl than Audrey Hepburn, our favorite international trendsetter who was always the best dressed in Givenchy. 

Audrey Hepburn rose to prominence with the 1953 film Roman Holiday, and was the first woman to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award for her performance. By the time Funny Face was released, Hepburn was already a full-fledged Hollywood starlet. Much of Hepburn’s personal style is also reflected in her silver screen roles- the little black dress, polo neck top, ballet flats, and skinny black cigarette pants are all staples of any Audrey-inspired wardrobe. Hepburn’s timeless style, personality, and humanitarian efforts will no doubt continue to inspire generations of people for years to come.

Funny Face tells the story of the bookish and alluring Jo (Audrey Hepburn), who is discovered by a photographer (Fred Astaire) for a popular fashion magazine. Deciding he needs a beautiful, fresh face for his next campaign, he takes her to Paris to see if she really has that certain je ne sais quoi. Reluctant at first, Jo agrees to go along in hopes of meeting her favorite philosopher. But does the beatnik life really go with haute couture? Does the left bank mix with the Champs-Élysées? Will Astaire and Hepburn be too busy breaking out into song to find l'amour? I guess we’ll just have to find out!

 

The Paris outfits were designed by Hubert de Givenchy, the famous French fashion couturier. Givenchy's style has been described as "casual chic, aristocratic elegance and feminine," a typical style upon the film's release. One of the most iconic outfits in the movie that captures Givenchy's style is a bridal gown with a full ballerina-length skirt and a slim-fitting drop-waisted bodice. The bridal gown also has a bateau neckline, which originated in sailors' clothes but came into fashion in the 1920s when Coco Chanel incorporated the style into her runways. The neckline was later picked up and incorporated into the Beatnik style during the 1950s. Beatniks also play a prominent role in the film, and Hepburn wears a classic Beatnik outfit of a black turtleneck and tight black pants. 

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn had a partnership that lasted four decades and is often thought of as the basis for many celebrities being the "face" of a specific fashion designer or brand. However, this relationship was about more than a surface-level appearance. Hepburn famously described Givenchy's designs as, "The only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer; he is a creator of personality." Hepburn had a public image of being graceful and elegant, so when she wore Givenchy's designs, his fashion became associated with the same public image. For example, while other designers previously had their versions of the little black dress, when Audrey Hepburn wore one designed by Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany's, it took the idea to new elegant heights. --Jarrod Schroll