It all started with a true style icon and a wardrobe classic: Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress.
The Givenchy-designed dress with a sequinned peplum and matching trim at the hem, worn by Hepburn in the mad-cap thriller Charade (1963), came up for auction at Christie’s in 2006. Newbridge Silverware acquired it and was bathed for a time in the limelight that continues to follow Hepburn and her classic chic look.
This elegant little dress was to be the first artefact in a collection of costume and personal effects belonging to legends from the world of fashion and entertainment, a collection which would become known and respected by collectors all over the world, sparks an idea that leads to the creation of Newbridge Silverware’s next innovation; the Museum of Style Icons. In 2006, William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware, was on holiday with his wife Monica, who was reading a magazine article about an upcoming Christie’s auction which was to include the black Givenchy dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This set in place a chain events that would lead to the building of the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons.
In the movie, Funny Face (1957), Audrey plays a serious bookshop clerk and amateur philosopher named Jo Stockton who gets noticed in the background of a fashion shoot and is asked to be the face of a new campaign.
Funny Face Dress
This Givenchy designed silk, floral print dress was worn in the movie and for promotional purposes around its release. The fabric has a repeat pattern of orange, yellow and white flowers with a delicate green leaf detail. The dress has a boat neckline with cap sleeves, a full skirt with net petticoats and a slight apron detail at the hips.
Funny Face Hat
The dress is accompanied here by a covered straw hat with green, orange and yellow sheer fabric, which was worn by Audrey in the movie while she sings, “How Long Has This Been Going On”. It was also designed by Givenchy.
A two-piece costume of orange wool, comprising of a sleeveless gown with layered skirt and a frock coat-style jacket with Nehru collar and button fastening. This garment was made for Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in the 1968 Columbia film, Funny Girl. Barbra Streisand wears the costume as Fanny Brice in some key moments during Funny Girl including when she receives the note and flowers from Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) and during her performance of Don’t Rain on My Parade.
breakfast at tiffany’s
The hot pink cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn when she appeared in the 1961 American romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's opposite George Peppard.
Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naive, eccentric cafe society girl is generally considered to be the actress' most memorable and identifiable role.
The knee length sleeveless dress was designed by her favourite designer Hubert de Givenchy. It is made from silk, decorated all over with fan shaped appliques accented with small rhinestones with a matching pink bow at the waist.
Audrey Hepburn wore this evening ensemble designed by Hubert de Givenchy when she played the part of Regina "Reggei" Lampert in the 1963 Universal file Charade in which she co-starred with Cary Grant.
The two piece cocktail outfit consists of a fitted sleeveless top and a corresponding skirt of black wool moss crepe trimmed in imitation jet pailets and lined in black silk.
The ensemble became the quintessential "little black dress" or the LBD.