Fifty years ago, Audrey Hepburn charmed audiences as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hepburn’s chic film wardrobe, including her iconic little black dress, was designed by couturier Hubert de Givenchy. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this beloved film, the FIDM Museum & Galleries will display Givenchy’s line-for-line recreation of the little black dress worn by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The exhibition is open 10am–4pm Tuesday through Saturday until August 13, 2011. As always, admission is free. During the exhibition, a Speaker Series will explore the role of the LBD in fashion and society. An announcement regarding speakers, dates and topics will be forthcoming.
L to R: Hubert de Givenchy re-creation of the LBD from the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Courtesy of Hubert de Givenchy Couture. Valentina, c. 1947-1950, FIDM Museum Collection. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 1985; FIDM Museum Collection.
Additional examples of LBDs by both fashion and costume designers will allow us to examine the cultural impact of the LBD and its significance in film, on the runway, and to women around the world. Exhibition highlights will include LBDs by Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Monique Lhuillier, Kevan Hall, Chan Luu, and others. Also featured will be Marlene Stewart’s True Lies breakaway LBD worn by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Goldsmith’s Alias LBD worn by Jennifer Garner, and Audrey Fisher’s latex True Blood LBD worn by Kristen Bauer Van Straten.
L to R: Adelle Burda, FIDM Alum--Knitted dress adorned with black Swarovski crystals. Monique Lhuillier, FIDM Alum--Dress worn by Mila Kunis, Resort 2010 collection; Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier. Chan Luu, FIDM Alum--Black jewel dress derived from Chan Luu’s jewelry collection; Courtesy of Chan Luu.