One of the most recreated, re-emulated and iconic images of all time, this promotional shot of Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s has stood, and will continue to stand, the test of time. It was through this dress that the concept of the little black dress surpassed its previous potential, even after gaining notoriety as a fashion staple through the work and genius of Gabriel Coco Chanel. Versions of this empire waist by designer Givenchy are seen on the runway every year during the assorted shows in every major fashion capital.
Notably, the relationship of artist and muse between Givenchy and Hepburn is an example of one of the most successful. The collaboration of their efforts created key looks that have become mandatory references for everyone interested or involved in fashion. A brief glance at their joint portfolio demonstrates why.
Audrey was one of two women in history to ever wear the famed Tiffany’s 128 karat canary diamond necklace – the centrepiece you see here in her multi-stranded pearl necklace. From this film, she popularized the hairstyle of high contrast blonde highlights, a trend that resurfaces every few years. Stylists, magazines and celebrities constantly reference the glamourous image of pearls with dark, toroiseshell sunglasses (a now classic frame for eyewear company RayBan), a glittering tiara and long cigarette holder.