"She would have approved"

There’s another fantastic article about the new City of Joy Aid school in India today from the Independent Online, which you can read here. I honestly think it’s the best article yet on the subject. It has a glowing review of the school and the hope it will provide (along with future schools) for the children in the smaller villages of India, and also has great things to say about Audrey’s own work with UNICEF during her last years. If it doesn’t bring even a small tear to your eye, you may want to get your heart checked. Continue reading “"She would have approved"”

Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress does big things

On December 5, 2006, Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for a record-breaking £467,200. The dress, one of three copies made by Givenchy for the film, was donated by Hubert de Givenchy himself to friend Dominique Lapierre, a French author who also runs City of Joy Aid with his wife. The proceeds from the sale — the dress was bought by the house of Givenchy, now owned by LVMH — were to go entirely to City of Joy, and already the results are showing themselves. 15 educational centers for children are set to be opened in India from this money, and one center in Lakshikautapur is currently being built. These centers are designed to teach children English when they would normally never see the inside of a school, and would instead be bullied into mob work. You can read more about the amazing Lapierres and their work here, and you can read a smaller article about other works City of Joy does here.

Very Irrésistible

I’m a little bored right now, so I’ve been scanning haute couture websites to see what I can find. Once in a while I’ll stop by the Givenchy website to see how things are going, and I’ve found the Very Irrésistible fragrance line. I believe it’s fairly new, since products in its range are still coming out, but it’s worth noting because this fragrance was created to mark Givenchy’s return to their roots: namely, the relationship between Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, and how together they made an image. I haven’t sniffed it yet, since the fragrance section of department stores always make me nervous, but this fragrance does contain star anise and a specially cultivated Liv Tyler rose. Here’s the full copy for Very Irrésistible: Continue reading “Very Irrésistible”

Audrey Hepburn: The Model of Style and Desire

News is pretty slow today. Real slow, in fact. So I’m afraid I only have one thing to share, but it’s a very excellent article. It starts off talking about the Christie’s auction, and how the bidding frenzy and record-breaking price showed that the allure of Audrey is still going strong 13 years after she left us, and gives an excellent biography as well. To read the whole article, click here. (It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.) There’s one error, though: towards the end the author goofs and lists Sean Ferrer as Audrey’s husband. Please, no Oedipus references.

Surprise! Guess who bought Audrey Hepburn’s Little Black Dress?

None other than Givenchy himself! You’ll forgive me for jumping straight into things, but I never was good at holding in good news. Anyway, it’s been revealed today that the winning bidder on Audrey’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s was none other than its creator (and model’s best friend) Hubert de Givenchy. He had originally donated it to Dominique Lapierre, the founder of City of Joy, a charity helping impoverished children in India, and now he has bought it back again, putting himself out £450,000 along the way. Personally, I’m shocked but extremely happy. We don’t have to worry about some tartlet parading about in the dress on her way to a nightclub, or some other horrible fate. It actually brought a tear or two to my eye when I found this out, since it was so touching that Givenchy would go through all of this to help a friend. No wonder Audrey loved him so. Continue reading “Surprise! Guess who bought Audrey Hepburn’s Little Black Dress?”

more about the Audrey Hepburn items auctioned today

Christie’s was very good about posting the final bids on all of the items sold today in the film and entertainment auction, so I was able to make this for your enjoyment. It’s a special page with the lot pictures of all 31 Audrey-related items, a short description of each item, its estimated selling price and the price it actually fetched. It’s all in British pounds, because I’m not spectacular at math and I’d rather just get this up there than sit around with a calculator all night. A temporary link will also be put up on the index page of the site. Continue reading “more about the Audrey Hepburn items auctioned today”

Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold

If you haven’t heard already, the most famous LBD in the world sold this morning in London for $807,000! That’s £410,000, well beyond Christie’s estimate of £50,000 – £70,000. The dress was won by an anonymous telephone bidder. Since there are so many articles about the auction, I’ll just list the best by number and you can click on any and all to read more: 1, 2, 3.

“There are tears in my eyes,” said Dominic Lapierre, who runs the charity. “I am absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.” Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold”

vintage Audrey, more Little Black Dress, and making your dreams come true

From the ever resourceful Audrey Hepburn Circle comes yet another great find: Time Magazine’s first ever article on Audrey! 53 years ago, a then unknown actress was put on the cover of Time. It was the first — and only — time an actor had ever been featured on the cover before even one feature film of theirs had been released. That unknown was Audrey Hepburn, and you can read the entire article here. It’s an exceptional article and has a surprisingly detailed biography on her as well. You almost don’t need to read a book on her after reading this! Continue reading “vintage Audrey, more Little Black Dress, and making your dreams come true”

Givenchy and the Bird Girl

Not a whole lot going on today (maybe everyone’s still shopping?), but I did find a nice article on Givenchy. It talks about his early days and his personal influences, and how he’s personally helped to keep Balenciaga alive. To read more, click here. I must say, he looks very good for 79. You can still see the same young man Audrey first met!

Next up is a tiny article about the upcoming dress auction, but it has a nice quote from Givenchy about his reasons for giving it up. You can click here, or just read the quote below: Continue reading “Givenchy and the Bird Girl”