Lot 882: Unique assortment of fashion material including a letter to designer Marina D'Arezzo, a concept sketch, and a fabric swatch. The ALS is signed "Audrey Hepburn," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 7.75, The Pierre Hotel, New York letterhead, May 30, 1980. In part: "Many many thanks for the beautiful and enchanting dresses you sent me—the materials are exquisite and a perfect fit. I cannot think why you should be so generous—but am very grateful for this enormous gift and I am now ready for the summer." Includes an original graphite and colored pencil sketch by D'Arezzo on a tan 7.5 x 10.75 sheet, showing an elegant blue dress with intricate chiffon trim, with a sample swatch of the fine deep blue fabric and D'Arezzo tag paperclipped to the upper right corner. In overall fine condition. The letter is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Hepburn's own hand. Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance from D'Arezzo, in part: "I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Hepburn a few weeks before she wrote me this letter. It was at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, where she was filming scenes for They All Laughed...We discussed several dress designs that I had in mind for her…One of the three dresses I designed for her was made of a blue ribbon stripped chiffon, which I imported from Italy. A swatch of that fabric is attached here…While demure in its silhouette, the dress is at once sophisticated, due to the luxurious fabric and transparency of the chiffon. Technically this is a costly design to produce as the edging on the chiffon ruffle is very labor intensive…My enjoyment in rewatching her many films over the years is enhanced by this special memory, of which the letter and sketch are tokens—an enduring, palpable reminder of her grace and style."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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