Sunday 18 February 2018

Iconic Fashion in Film: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's

Sinead Van Kampen

The already iconic Oscar nominated Black Swan costume designs (see Jim Carrey dressed as a black swan on Saturday Night Live) have inspired us at Independent Woman to ask ourselves what are the most stylish films of all time?

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Although always glad of the publicity the film would bring his novella, Truman Capote is probably the only person not to recognise Audrey Hepburn as being the very embodiment of Holly Golightly.

The character was said to be based on the wife of Charlie Chaplin, but from the very moment Audrey Hepburn became framed in the window amongst the chandeliers of Tiffany's department store in a famous Givenchy LBD the role was hers forever.

Such was the importance attached to designing the wardrobe for the film's main character, the job became an ego bruising struggle between designer Hubert de Givenchy and legendary costumier Edith Head. After much discussion and various outfits were mooted, it came down to the decision of Audrey Hepburn. Having always loved Givenchy's creations and disliked Edith Head for refusing to give credit to others, it was the french designer who won the day.

Not at all pleased with coming second best, Edith Head would secretly take apart Givenchy's couture creations to see what all the fuss was about. Having found the dresses to be stuffed with nothing more than tiny lead weights and horsehair for the curves, it seems that in the end it was substance as well as style which gave Givenchy a place in film history.

Signature look: Lampshade hats, long silk gloves and those endless cigarette holders.

Fashion legacy: The absolute definition of femininity.

In a phrase: "It's useful being top banana in the shock department."

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