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80th Golden Globes: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: Three of the Most Iconic LBDs of All Times

Audrey Hepburn

The 19th Golden Globes may be called the year of trailblazing women: Judy Garland was the first woman to receive a Cecil B. deMille award that night, while Rita Moreno became the first Latina actress to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story, and Claudia McNeil was the first Black performer to get a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Drama for A Raisin in the Sun.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film – Comedy or Musical, though it lost to A Majority of One, whose leading star, three-time Golden Globe winner Rosalind Russell, won the Globe for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical over Audrey Hepburn who was also nominated in this category.

Audrey Hepburn

Nevertheless, Blake Edwards’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella of the same name might also be considered a trailblazing picture as it defined the fashion of an entire generation. Even today, it is perceived as the ultimate 1960s fashion inspiration film, set in New York City, and centered around the drama and romance of a Manhattan socialite, Holly Golightly, masterfully played by Hepburn. Of note is her legendary wardrobe.

Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

With 11 nominations and 3 wins, Hepburn has a long history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Golden Globes. In her thank you speech at the 47th Golden Globes when she received Cecil B. deMille award in 1990, the three-time Golden Globes winner said: “Years ago they gave me a great start. I’ve been given a career which has brought me nothing but fun, happiness, and friends!”

Audrey Hepburn

Her first starring role in William Wyler’s Roman Holiday won Hepburn her first Golden Globe award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama in 1954. A year later, on the wave of the smashing success of the film, Hepburn and her Roman Holiday co-star Gregory Peck received special World Film Favorite awards.


That same year she met Hubert de Givenchy who recalled in his 1998 interview: “Audrey came into my life in a very adorable way. She came to me and wanted to have dresses made for the Sabrina movie. And from then, she asked me to make her dresses for all her other films and we had a really great friendship – but it was even more than that. We were so close. She was an exceptional person.”

Audrey Hepburn

Their collaboration not only gave us dozens of iconic costume designs for inspiration, including the ones Givenchy created for Funny Face in 1957, Charade in 1963, and How to Steal a Million in 1968, it made Hepburn a style icon. In 1956 she was tied for fifth place with Marlene Dietrich on the list of the World’s Best Dressed Women compiled by the New York Dress Institute, and in 1963 Vogue printed an unprecedented 10-page portfolio by Ben Stern centered on Hepburn wearing couture pieces by Givenchy.

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Though Coco Chanel invented the ‘little black dress’ back in the 1920s, it was the creative duo of Givenchy and Hepburn behind the costume design of Breakfast at Tiffany’s who made it a cinematic legend and a must-wear for generations of fashionistas to come.

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George Peppard, Audrey Hepburn