“Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away.” Earlier this week we described how Breakfast at Tiffany’s made the “little black dress” the essential go-to cocktail party outfit and showed the knee-length black frock Audrey wears several times throughout the movie. Although the shorter dress is what many picture when they talk about the LBD, it is actually this stunning Givenchy gown that Hepburn famously dons in the opening scene of the film that created the sensation. This dress went to auction in 2006 at Christie’s and was sold for a record-breaking $923, 187. (Fun Fact: At the time it was the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, until Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $5.5 million this past summer.) Made of Italian black satin, the gown has cut-out décolleté on the back and is fitted at the waist. The accessories in this scene are just as famous as the dress; Holly Golightly’s big black sunglasses, long black gloves, elegant cigarette holder, miniature tiara and multi-layer pearl necklace have forever been affiliated with Audrey’s natural glamour. If you’re wearing any of those items, people will comment that you’re channeling the majestic Ms. Hepburn. Although the movie revolves around Tiffany & Co., none of Holly’s jewelry actually comes from the famous New York store, because she’s a struggling downtown call girl, so even though she looks like a million bucks, it’s all just an illusion (actually the dress did go for a million bucks – only 45 years later!) This look is the definition of ultimate elegance, and our editors’ absolute favorite movie costume. We could write about it for days, so we’ll keep it to a minimum. We only wish we could look this good on a Sunday morning after a night of partying!
October 14, 2011
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