History of Fashion Media

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This is evident in the Ball scene. When she enters in her new ‘lovely dress with yards of skirt –way of the shoulders’ not only does she obtain flattering gazes from men, but also women. A Close up of a man’s face drop as he witnesses the beauty of Sabrina despite having a partner highlights her show stopping appearance. A long shot of men crowding around Sabrina further reveals her image of desirability. The gown she is wearing is set apart from the mundane women’s fashion around her through its innovation in various lengths with both a tightly fitted strapless bodice with attached train skirt. Its thick heavy skirt train with copious amounts of material behind creates a fantasy like Cinderella appearance. Her design stands out though the intricacy of the detailing which included flattering floral embroidery with a dark lining to accentuate the fullness of the gown. Drastically the other women part of Larrabee ball wore unvarying, monotonous gowns creating The Parisian gown to be of as much attraction as Hepburn herself. This accentuates the exquisiteness of each, Hepburn and gown, but ultimately enriches Audrey to a star status. This can be evident though the quote “Women invested in Audrey Hepburn as a star and in ‘the Hepburn look’ as a model of fashionable style” (Moseley, 2002, p.6) revealing how By becoming synonymous with designer fashion Hepburn image is enriched and appeals to women audience . Thus influencing Hollywood fashion trends and hence popularised her looks. We can see further the aid of couture clothing in glorifying Hepburn’s star image and thus influencing Hollywood fashion though her association with women in the upper class. The relationship she had with Givenchy (styling her on and off screen) was... ... middle of paper ... ...e in which the image of the clothed figure is rendered…governs the way we create and perceive out own clothed selves’ (Hollander 1975-349-50) Sabrinas gaining of independence and selfhood was created through her stylish transformation , encouraging viewers to also create an increased sence of self through the use of dress. Works Cited (Berry,2000, p. ) (Dresser & Jowett ,2000, p. ) (Moseley, 2002, p. ) (Bruzzi, 1997, p. ) Berry, Sarah, 2000, Screen Style: Fashion and Femininity in 1930s Hollywood, University of Minnesota Press‬, united states Dresser‬, David. & Jowett‬, Garth. 2000, Hollywood Goes Shopping, University of Minnesota Press‬, united states Rachel Moseley, 2002 ,Growing up with Audrey Hepburn, Manchester university press,175 fifth ave New York Stella Bruzzi, 1997, Undressing Cinema, Published by Routledge, 11 new fetter lane, London.
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