Audrey Hepburn's My Fair Lady Ascot dress
Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady Ascot dress is an iconic costume worn by the actress in a famous scene from the 1964 film ‘My Fair Lady’. The costume
The dress features a silk linen undergarment with back zipper closure, overlaid with fine lace hand-embroidered in a delicate flower motif. It is trimmed in black velvet striped ribbon, with a large bow at the left breast. The costume’s matching picture hat is made of a lightweight cotton burlap, trimmed in black velvet with white and black ostrich feathers on one side, as well as a small sprig of faux lavender pansies attached to the crown.
It was created for the film by the celebrated costume designer Cecil Beaton, winning him an Oscar for best costume design in the process, and is regarded as the greatest costume he ever made.
The scene itself is one of the most famous in cinema history, and the dress has appeared in almost every promotional image for the film during its release in 1964 and ever since.
In June 2011 the dress was placed up for sale as part of the notable Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props auction by Profiles in History. It was given a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 - $300,000 and sold for a price of $4,551,000 (including buyers premium).