Audrey Hepburn in Second Life

I couldn’t resist. I bought the dress as soon as I laid my eyes on it. Of course, how often will a gal get to wear a Givenchy gown designed for Audrey Hepburn? In Second Life it’s possible.

The movie Sabrina is one of my favorites. Audrey Hepburn is beautiful and charming in the film. I do recommend that you rent the movie–and not the 1995 remake with Harrison Ford (bah!). Natalia Zelmanov’s store in Second Life, Sirena Hair and Fashions, offers clothes and hair; the normal stuff. When I saw this gown, though, oh my, I had to have it. Here’s the original gown:

Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy gown in Sabrina

Oh to be that classy.

While at Natalia’s party last week (yes, I went to a party and did some dancing — it’s so easy in Second Life), I asked her about the gown. She’s also an Audrey Hepburn fan. We joked that not many avatars seem to go for the Audrey shape in Second Life. Natalia laughed, “The settings would have to be all zeros!”

I started thinking…a dangerous thing to do. The ability to change your appearance is possible in Second Life, so why couldn’t I look like Audrey Hepburn? Shoot, I even have the dress!

So, here I am wearing Natalia/Givenchy:

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Designing a shape to fit the Sabrina theme was easy as far as the body goes. And yes, Audrey does have her sliders set at zero in a few places. I had set her at such a skinny shape that I didn’t think it was going to work, but when I put on the gown it looked perfect. As for Audrey’s face, jeez, that wasn’t so easy. She has a distinctive nose, but I never captured it perfectly. Trying to get her facial dimensions correct was an unsuccessful chore also — squashing the face made it too wide; stretching it didn’t match the way her face looks. I kept tweaking away, plus I tried a few different skins to see if there was one that would capture her eyebrows. Nope. This is the best that I got.

Audrey’s face

Here’s the fun in taking pictures. Here’s similar shots with changing sun settings (yep, you can make it high noon anytime you want in Second Life).

Another sun for Audrey

different sun for Audrey

I had fun putting this look together even though I can’t quite capture the face the way that I want. Trying to find hair for the outfit was also a trick. In Sabrina Audrey Hepburn had short hair. I couldn’t find anything quite like that look, so I took a style that had bangs and a bun of hair and then I rearranged the hair to get an approximate look. You will notice that my camera shots only come in from a face front angle. The back of the hair is uuuuuuugly (so unAudrey-like).

Anyway, that’s the fun I’ve been having in Second Life. Let me leave you with one last picture before I go:

Second Life Sabrina

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9 Responses to “Audrey Hepburn in Second Life”

  1. DilettanteVille Model? Me? « Says:

    […] the formal picture: the Sabrina gown I had bought at Sirena. I’d shown it off earlier when I wrote about trying to do an Audrey Hepburn avatar. So, that’s easy. I also thought the Chloe style, also bought at Sirena, had the elegance to […]

  2. Funny Face? « DilettanteVille Says:

    […] getting tons of hits to this blog from people doing various searches on her name. I did a post on Audrey Hepburn in Second Life (still wish I could make that shape look more like her — I need to try some more) and I […]

  3. Harper Says:

    Who can resist the Lady Audrey? Very nice indeed! All we need now are the dresses from Funny Face!

  4. dilettanteville Says:

    Harper, I tried to put together a Funny Face outfit. You know the one — black turtleneck, black pants, white socks, and black loafers. I just have to find the loafers. I also want to try to work on my Audrey avatar. I have tons more skins in my “closet” now and I may just find one that really helps with the look.

  5. Marjorie Says:

    Dude! 😉

    I was looking for pictures of this dress online and almost swallowed my tongue when I came across this entry, and read that you “bought” the dress!?!?! Then, given the pictures, I realized it was a Second Life thing. (gosh darn it all) I was fixin’ to be really, really jealous.

    I haven’t looked into where the dress is now (if it still exists, who owns it, etc.)…I don’t really care. I just love that dress. It kind of takes my breath away at that point in the movie where she’s revealed wearing it. I go to a lot of fundraiser gala events, but there are scant few where I could get away with wearing a gown like that. But I’d sure love to have a reason to wear such a beautiful and elaborate dress! Ah, to dream…

  6. dilettanteville Says:

    Marjorie,

    The dress is gorgeous, isn’t it? I would like to think that the dress is in a museum somewhere. A replica was made for a Givenchy retrospective, but they didn’t have the original one.

  7. Prashant Sami Says:

    Great article! I’m totally looking forward to seeing more articles 😀


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