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Fashion in Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s really is a classic that will never go out of style. It stars the very lovely Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and that beautiful sweeping musical score by Henry Mancini.  It was directed by the legendary Blake Edwards, and based on a 1958 novella by Truman Capote  with a script that was good enough to pry new mother Audrey from her blissful hiatus after the birth of her first child. She plays a New York socialite and a lost soul who befriends her new neighbour.

The wardrobe of Miss Hepburn was designed by her dear friend Givenchy. Lets start with the most famous of them all- the long black evening dress worn in the opening sequences where we first meet Audrey’s character Holly Golightley. In 2006 this dress was auctioned off for a staggering £467,200! It was sold on behalf of children’s charity,  City of Joy Aid. In an interview for Harpers Bazaar in 2006, Givenchy spoke of the significance of the dress. “It was a perfect dress for her”. he said.

Audrey with her co-star George Peppard who plays her neighbour Paul.

Sporting a quirky cute eye mask and ear plugs.

Holly Golightly has quite a casual approach to her elegance which is shown in the scenes below where she is getting ready for her trip to Sing Sing prison. It’s highlighted by the way she throws herself together in five minutes.

A quick teeth cleaning...

Followed by:

A quick makeup: filling in her brows and some mascara is all it takes.

And finally. . .

With the right dress and accessories, she's ready for the day.

Another day, another LBD

The clothes are fabulous but for me it was Audrey’s grace and elegance that made them look so good. It was a case of her wearing the clothes well and not the clothes wearing her.

This Givenchy creation was also put on auction. Such a gorgeous pink colour.

Her bouffant hair style and pretty makeup pulled the whole look together.  It’s terribly chic and classic with buckets of charm. Just like the actress herself.

The eyes have it: Audrey's eye makeup consisted of a light wash of a grey/brown shadow on her lid, with a thin liquid line extended into a small feline flick. Individual lashes were applied at the outer corners to create a more wide-eyed look.

Spending breakfast time browsing in Tiffanys.

Struggling writer Paul, always looks well groomed and suited up.

Breakfast at Tiffanys had such an impact on fashion and what makes it so great is that every look is so simple. It’s the addition of accessories that give it that extra style credential.  For me, one of the best elements of Holly Golightly’s look is her makeup and hair. It is so fresh and youthful and very ‘pretty-fying‘. I’ve scanned the internet for the best makeup tutorial on it. It took a while but I’m so glad I found it.

British makeup artist Lisa Eldridge is a very professional lady who researched the look to such a degree, its no wonder she has a long list of celebrity clientele that includes Cheryl Cole, Cate Blanchett, and Cindy Crawford. Check her out in action below.

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2 Comments on “Fashion in Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)”

  1. Limnetic Villains March 21, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Fantasic film, enjoyed reading your take on it, great selection of photos too, I think she looks best when about to brush her teeth! -Vin

    • welcometobanterville March 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Cheers Vin 🙂 I know right she’s working that shirt. Everything is pretty, they even have pretty ear-plugs haha

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