“Two drifters, off to see the world, there’s such a lot of world to see,” sings a breathy Audrey Hepburn, as quirky Upper East Side princess Holly Golightly, strumming her guitar, leaning wistfully against a window frame. The mise en scène is iconic. The whole film is iconic: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
As the story goes, at a post-production meeting after a screening of the film, one studio executive said, “Well, I think the first thing we can do is get rid of that stupid song.” Hepburn climbed up on the table and said, “Over my dead body!” Of course, the rest is history.
Hepburn was headstrong. It shows in her acting, her demeanor, her poise, and the elegant manner in which she wore the creations of “Tiffany’s” principal wardrobe designer, Hubert de Givenchy.
When most people think “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” they think of the classic moment in front of Tiffany’s itself (at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York, if you’re in the neighborhood). Hepburn in a black dress and statement jewelry. Pastry and coffee. That dreamy gaze at the store’s famous front window.
The beauty of the film’s style is its timelessness. Givenchy dressed the star in such classic pieces that it doesn’t seem trendy or dated. Walk down Fifth Avenue and you are guaranteed to see women who look just as glamorous as Holly Golightly. In fact, they could be dressed identically and you wouldn’t bat an eye, despite the fact these fashions are now 53 years old.
I wanted to look at some of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” classic style moments and find contemporary pieces that could create a similar effect. Some of the pieces I found are nearly spot-on replicas. Let’s celebrate this classic movie’s legacy.