Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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.

5 comments:

Nathania Johnson said...

I love this story! Audrey, fashion and charity! Does it get any better than this? :)

BTW - I watched 4 Audrey movies last week: Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, and Charade (which my husband gave me for V-Day). Whew!

The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn said...

I know, I love it when Audrey's fashion side is entwined so closely with her humanitarian side. It helps you remember that it all fit into one lovely package.

Those are nearly the best four movies to watch! Are you Audrey-d out?

Nathania Johnson said...

Surprisingly no. I'm more of a Kate than an Audrey person. But I think watching her with such different leading men - WOW!

The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn said...

Cary Grant -- *sigh*. I do wish they'd done more than one film together.

Riihele said...

Hei there

Aah, most marvellous to have this 'tribute' blog for Audrey Hepburn for i am a huge fan of her as well.
Keep it up. Great site.
Take care. Rii :)