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“Paris is always a good idea”8597522182_165e3e3866_c(Audrey Hepburn)

Audrey Hepburn loved Paris. And even though she has never lived in the city of lights, there is a real connection between Audrey Hepburn and Paris.

Audrey Hepburn, one of the greatest actress and fashion icon. The essence of grace and style. Audrey Hepburn after retiring from acting , served as ambassador for UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn, a great person. 

Audrey Hepburn made 6 films that used Paris locations : Notre Dame, La Tournelle Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Ritz, Hotel Raphaël, Le Louvre… and many more… 


Sabrina (1954 – directed by Billy Wilder) With this movie, it’s the start of her partnership with the French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy whose outfits turned her into a fashion icon. Hubert de Givenchy created several of the dresses she wore in the film. Paris is not the setting for this film. However, Sabrina attends “Le Cordon Bleu”, on of the most famous culinary schools in the world. 

Audrey Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart : “Paris isn’t for changing planes, it’s for changing your outlook ! For throwing open windows and letting in la vie en rose.


Funny face

(Listen to the song “Bonjour Paris” which Paris in the background)

Funny face (1957 – a musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen – Songs by George and Ira Gershwin –  starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire ) The film is shot in Paris with Fred Astaire who’s character is based on the real-life photographer, Richard Avedon. This film is a tribute to Paris and it’s Audrey Hepburn’s favorite film


In Le Louvre, in front of the Victory of Samothrace

Some of the locations : The characters sing and dance the way around some of the most famous landmarks in Paris : in front of the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame, The Arc de Thriomphe, on the top of the Eiffel Tower, the shore of the Seine, in front of the Pont des Arts, in front of the Arc du Carrousel with balloons. 


Love in the afternoon

Love in the afternoon (1957 – a romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder – Staring Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper)  

 Location : the Ritz Hotel



Charade (1963 a thriller directed by Stanley Donen and where she starred with Cary Grant). One critic called the film “The best Hitchock film that Hitchock never made.”. 

Locations : The two characters travel all over Paris. They meet up in front of the marionette theater in the champs Elysées, they go for a stroll by the Seine, in front of the Pont au Double near Notre Dame (where Gene Kelly danced in An American in Paris), in the metro Saint Jacques, in the theater of La Comédie française (near the Palais Royal), in the Cernuschi Museum (near the Parc Monceau), the US Embassy, Monge street, Censier street, the Archeveché Bridge, 


Paris when it sizzles

Paris when it sizzles (1964, a comedy  directed by William Holden)

Locations : George V avenue, the Palais Royal and the Chalet de la Grande Cascade, a ritzy outdoor restaurant in the Bois de Boulogne. 


How to steal a Million

How to steal a Million (1966, a romance directed by William Wyler where she starred with Peter O’Toole. 

Locations : the exteriors of the Ritz Hotel, the Jacquemart André museum, the Cathédrale of Notre Dame,  La Tournelle bridge,  but the interiors were filmed in the Boulogne Billancourt studios (outskirt of Paris). 

Two for the road

Two for the road (1967, a comedy drama directed by Stanley Donen, where she starred with Albert Finney), though it wasn’t filmed in Paris street but in the Boulogne Billancourt studios and in the south of France too. It was the last film Audrey Hepburn made in France. She then returned to Paris occasionally and continued to collaborate with Givenchy. 

Other Locations :

n Paris while filming with William Holden on the roof of the Hotel Raphael.

While filming with William Holden on the roof of the Hotel Raphaël

Givenchy’s studio, 3, avenue Georges V – Paris 8

Raphaël Hotel (17 avenue Kléber – Paris 16) : It was Audrey’s home during the Parisian films that she shot during her career

Angelina (226, rue de Rivoli) : Audrey Hepburn liked this place very much.







Cernuschi Museum : 7 avenue Velasquez – Paris 8

Musée Jacquemart André : 158 boulevard Haussmann – Paris 8 

More information about Jacquemart André Muséum : Click here to read the article

Hotel Ritz : 15 place Vendôme – Paris 1

US Embassy : 4 avenue Gabriel – Paris 8

Le Cordon Bleu : 8 rue Léon Delhomme – Paris 15

The Puppet theater on the Champs Elysées : It still operates today – Rond Point des Champs Elysées – Paris 8

Givenchy’s studio, 3, avenue Georges V – Paris 8

Raphaël Hotel  :  17 avenue Kléber – Paris 16

Angelina : 226, rue de Rivoli- Paris 1

“Anne Jeanne in Paris’ walks” : Ann Jeanne in Paris offers a walk in Audrey Hepburn’s fashionable Paris. Click on the link below.

Link to “Audrey Hepburn’s fashionable Paris walk” article

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel adjusts the armhole of a model's dress with an assistant. ---1961 Paris

Coco Chanel adjusts the armhole of a model’s dress with an assistant. —1961 Paris

As Chanel once said : “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise, it is not luxury.”

N°5 ChanelAhead of her time :

The first designer to create élégant and comfortable clothes for women. She innovated by the use of jersey fabric. She worked until her death in 1971 at the age of 88. She is still influencing women’s lifestyles and clothing.

She created : 

Sophisticated outfits paired with great accessories, such as several strands of pearls

Her little black dress

The legendary Chanel suit,with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly fell in love with her stylish cardigan suits.        

Her perfumes. In 1922, she launched Chanel n°5.



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Coco Chanel in 1960


Her life 

Born Gabrielle Chanel in 1883, in the Loire Valley. Her mother died when she was 6 . Her father sent her to the orphanage of the Catholic monastery where she learned the trade of a seamstress. When she was 18, she took up work for a local tailor. In 1910, she opened her first shop (hats) « Chanel Modes » in Paris : 21 rue Cambon – Paris. In 1913 she opened a shop (hats) in Deauville, then in 1915, in Biarritz. In 1919, she opened a house of fashion in Paris

By the 1920’s, she opened her shop in Paris : 31 rue Cambon (near Place de la Concorde), which remains Chanel headquarters to this day.

She has lived (until her death in 1971) at the Ritz Hotel in Paris for over thirty years.

The best things

Chanel vs Dior - 1959



Would you like to visit Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment  ?  31, rue Cambon – Paris 1(Not opened to the public)


Coco Chanel at her apartment

Coco Chanel at her apartment – 31 rue Cambon – Paris 1

She also lived 30 years in the Ritz Hotel until her death in 1971

Chanel at the Ritz

Coco Chanel at the Ritz

Some movies featuring Chanel:

Coco Chanel (2008) : a television movie starring Shirley MacLaine as a 70-year-old Chanel.

Coco before Chanel (2009) : French actress Audrey Tautou played the designer as a young woman.


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