The Golden Girls: Audrey Hepburn and Sadhana


Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. An era dominated by spectacular movies and heady old-school glamour. From the little black dress to form-fitting churidars, and the always-chic fringe, there’s much our modern trends have borrowed from the golden era of cinema. Behind these iconic styles are two women from across the ocean – the instantly recognisable Audrey Hepburn and the somewhat more elusive, but no less stylish, Sadhana.

Remember Hepburn’slittle black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The curve-hugging ensemble remains an inspiration look for countless fashion lovers. Kangana Ranaut is a perennial Hepburn fan and Anne Hathaway paid homage to this iconic dress in The Dark Knight Rises.

But Hepburn’s Givenchy-designed black dress isn’t her only contribution to fashion. A trip to any metropolitan city around the world mirrors a glimpse of Hepburn’s signature style of – slim black trousers, black jersey, and ballet-style pumps. Her short bangs were integral to movies like Sabrina and countless photographs.


Inspired by Audrey Hepburn

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Interestingly, Hepburn’s bangs are also believed to have inspired Sadhana’s fringe. The ‘Sadhana cut’ as it came to be called following the Hindi film actor’s look in many hit movies through the Seventies, was the rage back in the day and a familiar expression at local salons. The fringe continues to have a cult following including the likes of Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra to Taylor Swift and Heidi Klum—the fringe has a cult movement.

Sadhana was also a trendsetter in many other ways. How can we forget the curve-embracing churidar sets and draped sarees in Arzoo! It’s easy to see her influence today pre-draped sarees have come back with a bang. From her fringed haircuts to winged eyeliners, we’ve all been there, trying to imitate the sheer elegance that defined this elusive actor. If Hepburn is the most impersonated style icon till date, Sadhana is, without a doubt, the architect of the modern ethnic look.


Inspired by Sadhana

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Looking back at the journey of this star-studded fashion from LA to Mumbai, we have to admit that it has been a remarkable one.

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Featured image: Courtesy Taringa, Hair Magazine

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