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The new fashion It girl

Fashionista Victoria Beckham wants to dress her for the Oscars.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour wants her to wear something short to the Academy Awards.

Fashion house Prada is cosying up to her and may ask her to be its new poster girl, if fashion blogs are to be believed.

British actress Carey Mulligan is all the rage now not only for her Oscar-nominated turn in An Education but also for her ingenue chic.

The 24-year-old has received rave reviews for playing a schoolgirl who is willingly seduced by an older man, and has been hailed as 'the new Audrey Hepburn' by Variety magazine.

She is soon to be seen in a host of films, including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the Oliver Stone tale of 1980s greed, and Never Let Me Go, the thriller retooled from the Kazuo Ishiguro novel and co-starring Keira Knightley.

With her gamine looks and quirky style, she is a hit on the red carpet, too.

Last Sunday, she was the sweetheart of the British Academy Film Awards, or Baftas, in a beguiling long-sleeved gown and an extra short crop.

In a sign that her star is rising in both the fashion and film worlds, she was named Best Actress that night and Actress of the Year at the Elle Style Awards the next day.

She has struck a suitably modest note and maintains she is mortified by the comparison to screen icon Hepburn.

"You feel like Shrek compared to Audrey Hepburn. It's a really nice comparison but it just seems so mad."

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