Friday, January 20, 2012

The Dress

In the early morning an elegant Holly Golightly emerges from a new york taxi wearing a sleeveless, black satin, floor-length Givenchy cocktail gown. She eats a pastry, drinks her coffee and gazes dreamingly through the window  of Fifth Avenue's Tiffany & Co, fashion history is made.
In Breakfast at Tiffany'd Audrey Hepburn wears what would become perhaps the most famous little black dress of all time. A dress that  Christie's auction house sold  for over $1 million dollars in 2006.  Christie's describes it as "An evening gown of black Italian satin designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the 1961 Paramount film Breakfast At Tiffany's, the sleeveless, floor-length gown with fitted bodice embellished at the back with distinctive cut-out décolleté, the skirt slightly gathered at the waist and slit to the thigh on one side, labelled inside on the waistband Givenchy".
Hepburn first met Givenchy in 1953, when the Belgian-born actress described herself as "a skinny little nobody". They successfully collaborated in Sabrina in 1954 and Funny Face in 1957, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s would prove to be their style masterpiece which would re-define Hollywood chic.

Many of us will be emulating the wonderful Holly Golightly for Film Fatales first birthday celebrations.  Unfortunately the dress is so exquisite that nothing comes nearly as close but we'll still make a damn fine attempt. To me the most important detail of dress is the high, straight neckline,  the neckline at the front is incredibly chic and a timeless style that you should be able to find in afternoon of shopping. If you can't handle an afternoon of shopping, this beautiful silk Oasis dress(only €25 in the sales) has a great cut with a similar neckline and nipped in waist .
The only draw back is that it isn't full length but it's very difficult to find a floor length well cut dress without breaking the bank. However, if you find a floor length black dress and it's not the right cut, you can easily nip the waist in with some stitches but be warned it may only last the night.  The dress that Swop Shop used for their icons collection photoshoot was actually a straight cut which they nipped in for the photo shoot and it looks amazing. 
  If your all about the back there's a floor length costume with a similar back but be wary with costumes as the cut and material may not be amazing but it's Film Fatale not fashion week so the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and glamorous. There's not enough opportunities to put on your glad rags, so lets go all out. xXx

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