Breakfast at Tiffany’s, an iconic film showcased Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn) in some outfits that outshone the fashion of the era. Today, it is touted as a film that remains a must-watch over generations.
While the most famous look of Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the black Givenchy dress, there were many others that caught the audience’s eye. Another pink couture creation sported by Holly Golightly as she suffers a total meltdown is probably the second most iconic piece from the film. As per a recent announcement, this pink is being auctioned by Julien’s Auctions as part of their Legends: Hollywood & Royalty auction.
Certain to generate a frenzy, Audrey Hepburn’s flamingo pink embellished silk organza is adorned with sequins, beads, gold tassel appliqués, hand-sewn guipure, fanned lace applique with faceted silver sequins and iridescent beads. Givenchy first created the dress in black for his autumn/winter 1960 collection. After seeing Lee Radziwill in a portrait sporting a similar outfit, Audrey asked Givenchy to make the pink version and change the neckline.
Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn have shared a long association and had a legendary working relationship. Hepburn has many-a-time turned to Givenchy for all of her costumes, and much of her personal wardrobe as well.
The iconic film, Breakfast at Tffany’s, in which Hepburn’s outfits exude elegance, is a movie classic – hence the high price this dress is expected to sell for. It is estimated to fetch about US$200,000 to US$300,000. Back in 2007 when Christie’s auctioned the dress, it went for US$192,000. However, over time, the dress appears to have faded significantly. Its original hot pink has turned to a paler shade and the embellishments also appear faded, and sparse.
Another classic Audrey Hepburn highlight is a straw wide-brim hat with hand-gathered chiffon with colours of mango, cantaloupe, and melon green worn in her role as the bookkeeper turned model Jo Stockton in Funny Face.
As part of the three-day auction event, connoisseurs can now buy items from the designer wardrobe of Audrey, the late Princess Diana, and actor Grace Kelly, among others. The Legends: Hollywood & Royalty auction, a joint event between Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies, will take place between 6-8,September in Beverly Hills and online, with more than 1,400 iconic Hollywood cultural objects on offer.