on October 5, 2011 - 3:56pm
Fifty years ago, Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's came to life on the silver screen, and it remains a cultural phenomenon. It's hard to believe that the film has been around for half a century. Surprisingly the film has a contemporary feel, influencing the romantic comedies and fashion of today, even inspiring a hotel suite at the St. Regis in New York City.
Audrey Hepburn portrayed the famous, fun-loving call girl from Manhattan's upper crust society. Yes, it’s true most people did not know that Holly Golightly was in fact a call girl. Capote was coy about the character, he explained years later, ”She wasn't just a call girl, she had a few call girl proclivities.”
The role was originally intended for Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down because her acting advisor, Paula Strasberg, said Marilyn should not be playing a part that risqué.
Audrey was already a star and a household name because of films like Sabrina and Roman Holiday, but it was Breakfast at Tiffany's that defined her career and made her a cultural and style icon.
When Holly Golightly entered our world in 1961, a star was born -- the little black dress. Few films have left a fashion impression quite like Breakfast at Tiffany's and for decades women have copied the look. The LBD has become the most essential part of any wardrobe; dress it up or down no one has gone wrong in a little black dress yet.
The look was created by Hepburn's longtime friend, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy not only helped dress Audrey for most of her memorable film roles but also designed her personal wardrobe. In 2006 the iconic dress Hepburn wore in the film sold at auction for over $900,000.
Today in Manhattan, Holly Golightly wannabees will celebrate the film's golden anniversary just blocks away from the East 71st Street townhouse apartment that was featured in the movie. Later this month, a coffee table book will be released with never before seen photos including images of the “untouched” Hollywood legend.
~Christy Pastore @christypastore
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