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Audrey Style Hardcover – August 5, 1999

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In 1953, When Audrey Hepburn burst onto the screen in Roman Holiday, she forever changed the international ideal of elegance, grace, and beauty. Suddenly, glamour and even sexiness seemed attainable for women everywhere; Audrey was uncommonly beautiful, but she was real--hers was a look anyone could aim for, but few could pull off as effortlessly or effectively. By mixing a few classic elements of "Audrey style"--the little black dress, ballet flats with slim capri pants, bold hats and sunglasses--suburban housewives became more Hollywood than Hoboken in an instant.

Here author Pamela Clarke Keogh introduces us to the woman behind the clothes, using words from friends, fellow actors, and designers who dressed her to paint a picture of a truly remarkable woman. A humanitarian, artist, friend, and above all, survivor, Audrey inspired women and men alike to approach life with spirit, grace, and simplicity. The nearly 100 color and black-and-white photographs, paired with original sketches from such fashion luminaries as Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, and Vera Wang, show that Audrey was much more than a beautiful, well-dressed personality; her courage and individuality come shining through in every page. --Leah Ball --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Filled with testimonials by everyone from a star-struck wardrobe assistant to her equally charmed costars' -- Clarissa Cruz Entertainment Weekly 'Audrey Style rekindles the old attraction, reminding us that there was always a spark of mischief under all that class' OUT Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (August 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854106457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854106452
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,047,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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115 of 122 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Audrey Style is a stylish, attractive coffee table book. However, it's just that: a coffee table book, best enjoyed by keeping it around (preferably on a coffee table), thumbing through the pictures every so often, and merely skimming the text in a couple of places.
The pictures, of course, are great. After all, they're pictures of Audrey Hepburn! There's an enormous amount of pictures of her at various points in her career, and most of them truly seem to capture the grace, sophistication, and effortless style inherent in Audrey (and apparently missing in the world today.)
The actual writing, though -- the "book" part -- falls short. It's a good read, and you'll learn a thing or two about Audrey, but nowhere is it genuinely insightful or analytical. The book is peppered with anecdotes that will make you think "Oh, how nice!" or "Oh, how funny!" ...but I'd like to think that there was more to Audrey than that.
Too often, the book goes for unneccessary glorification. Every so often, you'll come across a quotation such as this:
"Audrey Hepburn was really great. She was nice and beautiful and stylish and everybody wanted to be like her. There can be no one else like her." -- Someone From Hollywood
Audrey Style is adorned with this sort of fluffy adoration, and even if the praise is due, it gets a little stale after being repeated so often.
I'm also a little disappointed that a book titled "Audrey Style" is more of a biography than an analysis of her style; although the "style" part is present, I would have liked to see much more.
To sum up: it's a good book, but it isn't that profound. The pictures make it worth buying, however; buy it for the pictures, keep it on your coffee table, and be dazzled by the glory that is Audrey. Just don't expect the words to capture her essence nearly so well.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kosmos on October 16, 1999
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The text is very original and inspiring because for the first time it describes Audrey as more than a legendary film star and a physical beauty, and focuses on her personality and her own life's philosophy that any human being can achieve. One should remember that what made her an enduring star and a legend (#3 in AFI's film legends) was her winning personality and wit. Audrey stands for the premise that what counts is the inner beauty regardless of the physical make-up that one is born with. To this effect, there are a lot of pretty faces that do not even show in the charm department. What really counts is the enduring charm that anybody can develop as a good spirited human being. In the charm department, one's effort to attain sophistication in earnest can make up for whatever the physical appearance.
The single picture that I would like to remark is on page 12: when Audrey's gorgeous energy and infectious smile are captured with a huge jump in the air.
I also recommend the book "ADIEU AUDREY". It has the best qulity pictures I have ever seen, in a thick quality paper, and in sepia tint that will satisfy to any photography buff.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julie on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Some of the reviewers in this category certainly seem to have missed the title of this book: Audrey STYLE. This is the reason I bought it- to learn more about Audrey Hepburn's beautiful sense of style. Imagine my surprise at finding that it did not only discuss her fashion sense, but her wonderful personality as well! I was hoping this wouldn't be a run-of-the-mill biography, and it wasn't. Obviously if you want to read a heavy, thorough biography, this is NOT the book for you. However, if you want to read a light-hearted, stylish, and inspiring tribute to one of the greatest actresses and style icons of our time, then I highly recommend you read this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very attractive coffee table book to own, and one you are sure to enjoy thumbing through time after time. It also goes into more detail on Audrey's style and wardrobe than most other accounts. However, the book was a little disappointing on a few fronts. A main feature of this volume is its numerous photos, yet frustratingly, all the photo captions are in the back, all are very terse, and many contain no dates or identifications. The introduction by Givenchy is elegant but very brief, so one should not expect a long and descriptive essay. And while I enjoyed reading the text and learned a number of things from it, I found it seemed to create a rather too idealized picture of a very complex person, and to be repetative in its descriptions (how many times is the word 'gamine' used?). At times I also sensed the author chose to interpret things in an overly romantic way to further this image--for example citing Audrey's inability to eat during times of stress as her reverting to her girlhood days in war-ravaged Holland when she had to do with little or no food. By all accounts, Audrey was an incredible human being, but I recommend reading this book along with other accounts of her life to obtain a more balanced description.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Forget about the monthly fashion magazines that grace the bookstore shelves and which become dated within a few weeks. If you want to learn true style and eternal beauty, THIS IS THE BOOK. Yes, I have been an Audrey Hepburn fan since I was seven, but regardless of one's feelings about her, anyone can learn a thing or three from this book about how to live life in a way that reflects the simple beauty within each of us. The book is rich in insight regarding Audrey Hepburn's life and philosophy, which influenced her style tremendously. Ms. Keogh doesn't set out to tell us how to BE Audrey Hepburn, since of course that would be impossible as there could never be another one like her again. Rather, she tells us how she developed and found her style, and how we too can find our very own, in the true spirit of Audrey Hepburn.
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