Audrey Hepburn is still hip

In the midst of Paris Fashion Week and all the new collections coming out for fall 2007, it’s nice to hear that Audrey Hepburn is still alive and well on the catwalks. In spite (or because?) of Gap’s usage of her last year, women everywhere still aspire to her cigarette trousers, little black dresses, large glasses, and all around aura of sophistication and class. Bend Weekly has an article discussing Audrey’s lasting power in the world of fashion and even provide a checklist to make sure you have all the Audrey essentials in your closet. Remember, Holly Golightly had a small, bare closet in her flat, but she still managed to always look smashing. If she can do it, you can do it. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn is still hip”

Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars

If you didn’t end up watching the Oscars last night, Audrey Hepburn herself was featured! During a segment on writers in cinema, a clip from Paris When It Sizzles was shown. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the film, Audrey plays a typist named Gabrielle Simpson who is hired to type a non-existent script for slacker screenwriter Richard Benson, played by William Holden. There was also an Audrey-inspired commercial that aired during the ceremonies. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars”

My Fair Lady’s Ascot Races dress

A few years ago, I had the privilege of seeing the famous white Ascot dress from My Fair Lady before it was auctioned off in Hollywood. (Click the link to see photos and read more about the auction itself.) At the time, the new owner of the dress, who payed a whopping $100,000 for the dress and hat, had promised to one day display the dress in a cinema museum for all fans to enjoy. It seems that his promise is coming true! From March 1 through the 13, you can see the dress, along with 40 other famous costumes from great movies, at the Daimaru Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Admission to “Cinema Fashion and Hollywood Designers” exhibit is ¥900, ¥700 for students. However, if you go to this site and follow the directions at the bottom of the page, you can receive free tickets through the mail! It is limited to residents of Japan.

Audrey Hepburn’s original vocals in My Fair Lady

Some of you may not have seen these, but below is footage of Audrey as Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady singing to her original recorded vocals, not Marni Nixon’s dubbing. While it’s said that Audrey did record all of her songs to completion, the only vocals of hers available are “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” and “Show Me,” which she sings about 95% of in the final cut of the film. I really hope the rest of her songs weren’t thrown away or lost forever.

"Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s" — a new book!

There’s yet another new picture book coming out on Audrey! This one, called Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Photographs by Howell Conant, features pictures of Audrey onset for publicity photos and candid pictures during filming of her most iconic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The description on GermanArtBooks.com, which has the most information I can find yet, says that there are also fashion shoots, but it’s unclear if they are Tiffany’s related or not. All photos in the book were taken by Conant, who was also a good friend of Grace Kelly’s, and there is some text written by actress Leslie Caron (who was often referred to as “The Other Audrey Hepburn”). And here is the release information for various countries — at least as much as I could find at this time: Continue reading “"Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s" — a new book!”

Breakfast – Dinner at Tiffany’s

While it’s not technically dinner at Tiffany’s, from February 26 to March 25, you can have a swank dinner while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Foreign Cinema in San Franciso. Foreign Cinema is a pretty well-known (and well-regarded) restaurant in San Francisco, and I’ve always wanted to give them a try. Now I have the perfect excuse. 😉 If you’re interested in trying this yourself and will be in the Bay area during this time, please note that you must make reservations! You can do so on the website, or by calling (415) 648-7600 after 11 am. It looks like it’ll be loads of fun. I only hope I can keep from crying into my dinner! Continue reading “Breakfast – Dinner at Tiffany’s”

a new Audrey Hepburn auction!

While not nearly as exciting as the recent Christie’s auction of Audrey’s classic Little Black Dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, there will be a new auction of Audrey memorabilia coming at the end of January 2007. This auction is of Audrey’s contract to appear in Two For the Road, and is part of a large batch of celebrity contracts and memos to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund, an insurance fund for artists. While the website for the auction house, Swann Auction Galleries, has some scans of other documents, there doesn’t seem to be any available of Audrey’s contract. I did, however, sign up for a PIN number, so if I see anything, you will. 🙂 You can learn more about the auction and some other articles up for sale here. Continue reading “a new Audrey Hepburn auction!”