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“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.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Givenchy_dress_of_Audrey_Hepburn

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Henry permalink
    April 3, 2012 7:01 pm

    Well i never knew that, i always thought Edith Head was being VERY cheeky when i saw her design for the LBD, and claiming it was hers! I guess maybe i should cut her a little slack, but i will never forgive her for taking all the credit and accepting an oscar for all Audrey’s costumes in Sabrina!
    I desperately hope that moving house isn’t being too much of a pain in the butt for you, and i cant wait until your etsy shop is up and running again! :)

    • April 12, 2012 3:12 pm

      Henry, thanks so much for your good wishes! Moving is not too bad – the tricky organizational part is that there’s a period at the moment where I’m “between residences” or in limbo, so all my stuff (and patterns!) is still packed and stored. Until hopefully early June when I move into the new place! I hope that the Etsy store will open again then – sorry for the long wait :)
      Fiona

  2. Henry permalink
    April 12, 2012 7:00 pm

    Its no problem! I personally have never moved house before so i don’t know how annoying it must be, but i can imagine! Good Luck! :)

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