In 1953, when Hubert de Givenchy was asked to design Audrey Hepburn’s costumes for the movie Sabrina, he thought the studio meant Katharine Hepburn. At the time — months before Roman Holiday’s Oscar-winning release — Audrey Hepburn was about 23 and relatively unheard of. She and Givenchy still hit it off, choosing a black cocktail dress and a white organdy gown from the designer’s previous spring/summer collection for the film’s most iconic looks.
The new book Fashion in Film, out now from Laurence King, documents their partnership’s influence on the film and fashion industries, as well as stories of many other fashion designers who have shaped Hollywood, including Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg. The 224-page collection showcases photographs and an array of colorful, iconic preliminary sketches — like an Yves Saint Laurent trench coat created for Catherine Deneuve in the 1960s, or Natalie Portman’s tutus and skirts created by Rodarte and Amy Westcott for Black Swan.
Click ahead to see a Prada sketch of Daisy Buchanan’s chandelier dress in The Great Gatsby, a black veil designed for Nicole Kidman, and a ruffled ball gown by Elsa Schiaparelli for Moulin Rouge in 1934.
A sketch of Gwyneth Paltrow’s costume as Carla in Great Expectations, 1998.
A sketch by Elsa Schiaparelli for Moulin Rouge in 1934.
A Prada sketch of Daisy Buchanan’s chandelier dress in The Great Gatsby, 2013.
Agnès B designed these jumpsuits in The Model Couple, 1977
Audrey Hepburn wears a mini-dress by Mary Quant in Two for the Road, 1967.
A sketch of Nicole Kidman’s veil by Bart Mueller for Stoker, paired with a L’Wren Scott dress, 2013.
A costume sketch by Amy Westcott for Black Swan, 2010. Core ballerina costumes featured in the film were designed by Zack Brown. Rodarte also designed seven of the film’s ballet tutus.
A costume sketch for Black Swan by Amy Westcott.
Yves Saint Laurent sketch for Catherine Deneuve’s costume in Belle de Jour, 1967.
The cover of Fashion in Film, published by Laurence King.