Among all wardrobe essentials, cardigan sweater seems the least essential and the least exciting. It could be substituted by a soft jacket, a turtle neck sweater does not need it as a cover to look complete, and with just a little bit careless in the texture, the fit, a cardigan sweater can look dull, plain or even shabby.
But on Audrey Hepburn's body, a cardigan sweater look soft, subtle, at times poetic. And she can tell a story with it. In the film The Children's Hour, the simple cardigan sweater thrown around Audrey Hepburn's shoulders carried so much emotions in a very delicate situation.
Audrey Hepburn movie costume in film Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961), the complete wardrobe of Holly Golightly
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, written by George Axelrod, adapted from Truman Capote's 1958 novella of the same name, and starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a naïve, eccentric café society girl who falls in love with a struggling writer. It was theatrically released by Paramount Pictures on October 5, 1961, to critical and commercial success.
The author of the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote, who sold the film rights of it to Paramount Studios, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly, whom he had described perfectly in the book. He was cited as saying"Marilyn was always my first choice to play the girl, Holly Golightly."
But when Lee Strasberg, Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and mentor advised Marilyn Monroe that playing a "lady of the evening" would be bad for her image, she turned it down, as well as a few other actresses.
At the beginning of the movie, when we see Audrey Hepburn walking out of a yellow taxi in a black floor length dress with moon like cutout on the back, gliding toward the Tiffany's, with the melancholic music of Moon River playing in the ground, matching her footsteps, we thank Marilyn Monroe and all other actresses for refusing to play Holly Golightly. As the movie progress, we can not help thinking: Only Audrey Hepburn can make an evening girl look like a normal girl.
Breakfast at Tiffany's opening scene with Henry Mancini's music Moon River
Since the film Sabrina(1954), French couturier Hubert de Givenchy became Audrey's default costume designer for her films. Breakfast at Tiffany's is no exception. In this film, Givenchy has created for Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly a wardrobe(with the exception of only two outfits designed by Edith Head) that shows the identity of an evening girl who lives on men, yet tells the story of a woman with class and taste. The black floor length dress he designed for Audrey for the opening scene of the movie, would become the most iconic outfit in film history.
Black floor length sleeveless dress with moonlike back cut-out
White oversize white blouse with front buttoned bib panel(by Edith Head)
Black sleeveless knee length dress with tie belt and hem fringes
Repeat: Black floor length sleeveless dress with moonlike back cut-out
White belted bathrobe with patch pockets
White Bedsheet-turned-one shoulder Grecian style gown
Repeat: Black sleeveless knee length dress with tie belt and hem fringes
Light grey sweater and blue jean with head towel (by Edith Head)
Beige colored trench coat with patch pockets and flare bottom
Black short-sleeved polo sweater with grey straight midi skirt
Coral colored sleeping robe with suit collar
Orange double breast wool coat with standup collar and 3 quarter sleeves
Camel colored cardigan with black mock neck sweater and black pants
Fuchsia pink sleeveless knee length dress with scoop neck and bow waist, with matching coat of three-quarter sleeves
Light khaki cropped sweater with black pants
Repeat: Beige colored trench coat with patch pockets and flare bottom
Breakfast at Tiffany's opening scene with Henry Mancini's music Moon River with song
Sabrina (Sabrina Fair/La Vie en Rose in the United Kingdom) is a 1954 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's 1953 play Sabrina Fair. The picture stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden.
Sabrina Fairchild is the young daughter of the wealthy Larrabee family's chauffeur, Thomas, and has been in love with David Larrabee all her life. David is a three-times-married playboy who has never paid attention to Sabrina.
After a failed suicidal attempt, Sabrina is sent to Paris by her father. After two years there, she returns home as an attractive and sophisticated woman. Not only David Larrabee falls in love with her immediately, but his older brother Linus Larrabee does as well although he does not realize it at the beginning. And Sabrina, who is in love with David all her life, shifts her feeling toward Linus as well.
The complete wardrobe
Although Edith Head claimed to be the designer for all Audrey Hepburn's outfits, but most of them are rumored to have been created by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen personally by the star. In a 1974 interview, Head stated that she was responsible for creating the dresses, with inspiration from some Givenchy designs that Hepburn liked, but that she made important changes, and the dresses were not by Givenchy. After Head's death, Givenchy stated that Sabrina's iconic black cocktail dress was produced at Paramount under Head's supervision but claimed it was his design.
The full wardrobe
Sleeveless patterned a line dress with black long sleeve top
Long sleeve dressing gown with shawl collar
Long sleeve collarless double breast wool skirt suit
Strapless floral evening gown
Long sleeve checked shirt with white high waist shorts and wedged espadrilles
Sleeveless satin cocktail dress with shoulder bows
Standup collar coat, capri pants and round neck sweater with deep v back
Coat with unsymetrical wide collar