Weekend with Audrey Hepburn and the Most Enchanting Cities. Paris & “Funny Face”.
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The plot of the “Funny Face” musical is inspired by the fashion world and created in order to resemble it in the best possible way. It is a story of a young intellectualist Jo, who undergoes a metamorphose from an ugly duckling hidden in the dusty book shop into a beautiful swan. All happens with a help from Maggie, a charismatic fashion editor, and Dick, a gifted photographer.
“Funny Face” is a comic paraphrase of a fashion and beauty industry, in which even an ordinary girl, such as Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), can be transferred into a glamorous being, right from the cover of the “Quality” magazine. An editor of the “Quality” magazine Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) character is based on Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of “Harper’s Baazar” and “Vogue”, while the Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) figure is to resemble Richard Avedon, one of the century greatest fashion photographers, whose actual works are used in the motion picture.
Pictures made by the famous photographer are not the only connection to the world of fashion which marks its presence in the movie. In the book shop photo shoot sequence Dovima, one of the most prominent models of a decade, appears as a face of the “Quality” magazine editorial, being casted for the role of a shallow mannequin.
From the very beginning this Paris based story was meant to be a hit, considering the famous names and a marvelous scenery of the City of Lights. It happened exactly as predicted and “Funny Face” till this day is one of the most popular Audrey Hepburn movies.