Breakfast at Tiffany’s

picture from IBNLive

Audrey Hepburn, actress, style icon and tireless ambassador for UNICEF, would have been 85 on the 4th of May. IBN marked the event by showing this picture of Ms Hepburn in a saree, as seen in the 1961 film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, where she plays New York socialite, Holly Golightly. In the accompanying article they write, ‘with her hair up, and an almost invisible choli or a blouse, she carried the sari with perfect swag!’ I certainly wouldn’t disagree with that but do you notice that the fabric seems a little unusual for a saree, kind of fuzzy, almost like a… towel!? When I was trying to find out more about the film for this post, I stumbled across a web page headed 25 Things You May Not Know About ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and there at thing number eight it says that, ‘it’s never explained why, at the party, Hepburn is wearing a gown made from a towel’ but adds that, ‘a scene that was cut from the final release has her taking a bath when the party breaks out, and she’s forced to improvise a gown.’ I suppose it’s just a little bit of Hollywood magic that Holly Golightly can wrap a bath towel around herself and in the next scene the towel has grown into a perfectly draped saree.

Incidentally, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was directed by Blake Edwards who also directed ‘The Pink Panther’, which featured in another post here back in 2012. A secret saree fan, maybe?

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