Edith Head And Audrey Hepburn  Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
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Edith Head And Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961

Edith Head And Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the Paramount film Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961, the sketch showing Hubert de Givenchy's design for the long black column gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of Breakfast At Tiffany' [see previous lot], the dress shown at three different angles, signed in pencil by Edith Head and ink-stamped PRODUCTIONS ART DEPT -- 21½x14½in. (54.6x37cm.); with a sheet of Memo From Edith Head Designing stationery attached annotated with three pencil sketches for similar angles, probably a directive for the final sketch -- 8½x5½in. (21.6x14cm.)
CHIERICHETTI, David Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Costume Designer, New York: Harper Collins, 2003, pp.136-138
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Although Hubert de Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn's key costumes for Breakfast At Tiffany's, her more pedestrian clothes in the film, were provided by the Paramount wardrobe department, supervised by Edith Head. According to Head's biographer, David Chierichetti, Givenchy's gowns for this film, which Audrey is said to have brought with her to America from Paris ...were not enough to dress the whole film since the character of Holly Golightly also needed some plain clothes and doubles for the Givenchy dresses, which Edith provided...The film carried the singular credit: "Miss Hepburn's wardrobe principally by Hubert de Givenchy, Miss Neal's wardrobe principally by Pauline Trigére, costume supervision by Edith Head.."

Edith Head gave Audrey Hepburn credit for her sense of style. In an uncharacterically diplomatic statement to the press Head said of her: ..."Audrey could have been a designer herself, she has such perfect taste..." As Chierichetti points out, it was Hepburn's unerring judgement which led her to choose Givenchy rather than Head. ....Going to Givenchy and making the selections she made (styles Edith would never have deemed appropriate) was a rite of passage for Hepburn. She truly was the one star who instinctively knew what was best for her...

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