Vanity Fair is taking a look at a 1954 photograph of Audrey Hepburn that furthered her role as an international style star and forged a lifelong friendship with major French designer Hubert de Givenchy.

Before the diamonds and pearls of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, there was the quietly seductive black pantsuit in Sabrina. With a cinched waist and embellished flats, starlet Audrey Hepburn took a simple promotional film photo and made it one of the most talked about outfits of 1954.

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Movie stars rarely get top billing at London’s National Portrait Gallery, where exhibitions tend to focus on the work of master painters like John Singer Sargent or on cultural and political subjects, such as Virginia Woolf or the two Queen Elizabeths. Starting July 2, however, visitors will get to see a lifetime’s worth of images of Audrey Hepburn, the European aristocrat turned film actress whose crossover into high fashion set her apart from mere superstars like Marilyn Monroe.

“Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon” runs through Oct. 18. Comprising over 70 works, including rare photographs of her Dutch childhood, the show also includes portraits by such legendary photographers as Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton.

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A photography exhibition celebrating the life and career of British actress Audrey Hepburn will open at London's National Portrait Gallery in July 2015.

The show will chart her rise from West End chorus girl to one of Hollywood's most photographed stars and also document her later humanitarian work.

Classic images of the Breakfast at Tiffany's actress will be displayed alongside rarely seen family photos.

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Audrey Hepburn was not beautiful. That was her firm opinion, at least, if no one else's. ... Luckily for us, no one else agreed. And for a too-brief time, Audrey Hepburn brought gorgeous, elegant style to a crass, hard-nosed industry that immediately fell in love.

"Class," Billy Wilder marveled. "Someone who went to school, can spell, and possibly play the piano... You're really in the presence of somebody when you see that girl."

But Hepburn was also, not just a cultured young woman, but a fine and unaffected actress — as a new Blu-ray set helps prove.

And the older she got — the further she left Hollywood behind — the more beautiful she became.

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Some 21 years after her death, Audrey Hepburn—who would have been 85 years old on Sunday—continues to be the gold standard for class and glamour among Hollywood actresses.

... On the occasion of what would have been Hepburn’s birthday, Vanity Fair looks back at some favorite shots of the icon: a collection of captured moments of the star from the 1950s and 1960s.

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