Blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.
A film that ranks top tier in any fashion lover’s list of all-time favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has provided endless source of fashion inspiration to designers and photographers. In addition to influencing the tastemakers, the film has proved quite inspirational to the general female public. This is evident in the pervasive dorm room staple of a Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster, the hoards of Holly Golightly lookalikes come Halloween, and the abundant offerings of Givenchy LBD knockoffs. To this day, the film holds clout amongst the sartorially-minded and maintains an enduring ability to generate buzz. Did Truman Capote initially envision Marilyn Monroe to play the flighty call girl? Did costume designer Edith Head really pass off the Givenchy design as her own? Will the nameless cat ever get a name?
Safe to stay, the public’s love affair with Holly Golighty doesn’t seem to be over anytime soon. For Glamour Russia’s September 2011 issue, photographer Kenneth Willardt photographed model Maryna Linchuk posed as some of Hollywood’s most remembered leading lady protagonists, re-staging Breakfast at Tiffany’s brief music sequence in which a casual Holly Golightly sits perched atop her fire escape whilst serenading her neighbors with Moon River.