Currently Viewing – How to Steal a Million

In 1966, Audrey Hepburn and her Givenchy wardrobe starred in How to Steal a Million, not her best movie, but one of the best collaborations between Hepburn and Givenchy.  In short, he nailed her look.  In a famous line from the movie, Peter O’Toole even comments on the designer’s role in the film.  O’Toole’s character, upon inspecting the cleaning lady’s ensemble Audrey is to wear declares, “Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off!”

During the 1950s, Givenchy had done a line of patterns for McCall’s, some of them obviously inspired by the movie Sabrina.  But this time, the four patterns by Givenchy were adapted directly from the movie wardrobe.  All are suits or ensembles of jacket and dress, which Hepburn wore almost exclusively throughout the movie.  These patterns are actually quite hard to find.  In five years of searching, I’ve located only one of them:

which is this suit from the film:

The others, just in case someone out there has one…

8348

8340

8346

All photos from the July 1966 McCall’s magazine.

From the McCall’s Home Sewing Catalog, Spring/Summer, 1966

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15 responses to “Currently Viewing – How to Steal a Million

  1. Update! I now have all of these except 8340. I’m still in the market for that one.

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  4. H_Hepburn

    Ugh, i am so jealous, how did you manage to collect them all, i would love to even be able to find ONE!

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  5. H_Hepburn

    I have a coat pattern a little similar to the givenchy coat- but it still isn’t as good, where ever did you get them all?

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  6. H_Hepburn

    aah, well i’ll keep my eyes peeled 🙂 great blog by the way!

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  7. Wow. Love that 8340 dress pattern. Looks very flattering! (Even if one is not Audrey Hepburn–who one most decidedly is not.) 🙂

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