The Legacy of Audrey Hepburn's
Givenchy Little Black Dress

On what would have been the actress' 93rd birthday, FASHION WEEKS TV
recounts the history and rise to fame of Audrey Hepburn's iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's little black dress.

One of the world’s most beloved actresses and undisputed icons of Old Hollywood, Hepburn was considered the muse of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, to whom she was linked throughout her career by a lasting friendship and professional partnership. The two met on the set of the 1954 film Sabrina when director Billy Wilder turned to Givenchy at the advice of Hepburn after designer Cristóbal Balenciaga refused to create the costumes for the film. The French designer asked Hepburn to choose some dresses from his collection and from that moment on, Givenchy designed most of the clothes worn by the doe-eyed actress in her movies.
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Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn at a dress fitting in 1950s
Givenchy’s most widely recognized design for Hepburn was the little black dress worn by the Belgium-native, British actress in the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where she starred alongside actor George Peppard. In the famous opening scene of Blake Edwards’ movie, Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, is filmed getting out of a yellow cab in a long black satin dress and with a coffee and croissant in hand while observing luxury jewelry store Tiffany and Co.’s windows.
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Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy little black dress from "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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Considered one of the most influential dresses in the history of 20th century clothing and costume design, Givenchy’s black cocktail-style frock was the most modern interpretation of the little black dress, following French designer Coco Chanel’s introduction of the concept in the 1920s.
But the original version of the Givenchy black dress, which was actually shorter and never worn in the film, has a life of its own, currently residing in the house of Givenchy’s archives. Another copy lives at the The Garment Museum in Madrid, and a third was ultimately sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 and purchased by an anonymous buyer for the final sale price of 467,200 pounds ($649,641), with the profits being donated by Givenchy to the City of Joy Aid to benefit those in need in Calcutta, India.
Over the years, the little black dress has been revamped by designers including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller, and most recently, Matthew Williams, all of whom carried on the creative direction of the illustrious French house in their own way. From McQueen’s leather version that modernizes the shift silhouette to Waight Keller’s more literal interpretation for her first Haute Couture collection at the helm of the storied fashion house, each designer put their own spin on the iconic look.
Ultimately, Hepburn’s little black dress has reinforced its status as a pop culture and fashion staple thanks to other music and movie stars referencing the original style, such as Ariana Grande for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2019 campaign and Natalie Portman for Harper’s Bazaar November 2006 cover photo in which she wears one of the three original versions.

Proof of its eduring prominence, the Givenchy little black dress remains a well-referenced style, and with it, Hepburn’s legacy of simple, timeless glamour.



The most creative ways Chanel used Tweed

For over a century, tweed has been the fashion house’s signature material.
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Chanel’s tweed designs quickly grew in popularity due to their innovation and impeccable designs. Some years later, Chanel partnered with a French factory to create tweed that could incorporate different materials, such as silk and cotton, to give a higher high fashion look and feel. Chanel also began to dye the material different colors to distinguish its tweed of classic and typical tones.
Under Chanel herself, Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, tweed continued to be a staple for the brand, and each season the material’s use of brand becomes more creative. From the classic Chanel original tweed jacket to the tweed sneakers, the iconic pair did it all together. Here are the most creative ways Chanel has used tweed.
Rather than settle on a specific item to carry on the tweed legacy, Viard's latest show for the Maison made tweed the focal
point of its collection, from the invitations to the lighting displays to the actual garments.

Zendaya's Best Outfits Over The Years

This Emmy winner can make anything look fabulous

Actress Zendaya Coleman may be just 25, but her style has been hitting the mark for years. From her Disney Channel days to her big Emmy moment to her current style streak and every red carpet in between, here are her biggest fashion moments..

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Naomi Campbell’s Most Iconic ‘90s Catwalk Moments

Supermodel and living fashion legend Naomi Campbell ruled the ’90s runways.
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Naomi Campbell quickly became synonymous with the fashion industry in the 1990s. With the birth of the supermodel era in the early ‘90s, Campbell, alongside fellow models such as Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, dominated every notable runway, cementing her eternal status as a part of fashion history. Since her discovery at the age of 15 years old, Campbell effortlessly took command with her fierce look and killer walk.
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10 Upcoming Destination Fashion Shows to Look Forward To.

As travel restrictions ease up, luxury brands are jumping back into old habits as they jet off across the world to unveil their upcoming collections. 

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Two years ago, a myriad of travel bans, closing borders, and overall safety concerns, forced the fashion industry to come to a halt. All the expected extravagant runway expeditions from Malibu, California to Kyoto, Japan were put on hold and somewhat expected to never return. Instead, celebrities, fashion editors and many others of the industry attended fashion shows virtually, letting us wonder when and if, we will ever return to “normality.”

No entanto, à medida que as restrições começam a ser levantadas aqui e ali, alguns gigantes de luxo voltaram a sediar grandes eventos internacionais, pense no show “Love Parade” da Gucci no Hollywood Boulevard, em Los Angeles, em novembro do ano passado, o desfile de moda masculina da Louis Vuitton em Miami em dezembro passado, um evento extravagante em homenagem ao falecido Virgil Abloh ou, ainda mais recentemente, o último show de Jacquemus no Havaí. Essas ativações mais recentes criaram entre as marcas o desejo de empurrar para esse fator extra “uau”, aquele que se expande além do que as passarelas tradicionais podem oferecer.

À medida que continuamos a avançar para um mundo mais “aberto”, aqui estão os próximos shows de destino para manter em seu radar.


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