“At Tiffany’s” gown
The absolute iconic dress which opens the film as Holly eats breakfast outside Tiffany’s before returning to her apartment.
In 2006 one version of this dress was auctioned by Christies of London. It sold for £467,200. Proceeds from the sale reportedly went to the City of Joy Aid charity. According to Christie’s, a second version of the dress remains in the Givenchy archives in Paris, while a third is in the Museum of Costume in Madrid. In November 2006 Nathalie Portman wore this version of the dress on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia Givenchy’s original design (and the dress auctioned at Christies) had a leg split in the skirt. This design didn’t make it into the film, but was redesigned by Edith Head without a leg split:
In 1961, Givenchy designed a little black dress for the opening scene… Audrey took two copies of the dress back to Paramount, but the dresses, which revealed a considerable amount of Audrey’s leg, were not suitable for the movie and the lower half of the dress was redesigned by Edith Head. The original hand-stitched dress is currently in Givenchy’s private archive, whilst one copy Audrey took back to Paramount is on display at The Museum of Film in Madrid and the other was auctioned at Christie’s in December 2006. None of the actual dresses created by Givenchy were used in either the movie or the promotional photography. The movie poster was designed by artist Robert McGinnis and in Sam Wasson’s book, Fifth Avenue, 5am, he explains that the photos he based the poster on did not show any leg and he added the leg to make the poster more appealing. The actual dresses used in the movie, created by Edith Head, were destroyed by Head and Hepburn at Western Costume in California after shooting.
I don’t know why but I have a sudden craving for a croissant.
The black satin gown has a fitted bodice and long skirt slightly gathered into the waist seam. But really this dress is all about the beautiful crescent moon back, isn’t it? And the styling- and those amazing pearls that fill up the neckline!
And, of course, the black gloves that reach above the elbow, the sunglasses, and the hair pin/clip.
Love the way the straps narrow just at the top of the shoulder- so elegant.