April 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Just found out that about 75% of my hits are from my dear friend Krista. She locked herself out of Facebook for awhile and has desperately wanting an update from my blog. So I’d like to dedicate this post update to you, Krista.
If you know me, you know that I have a
mild large obsession with Audrey Hepburn. She’s been such an inspiration to my life as an independent woman, strong actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist. All you ladies are probably familiar with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel so cliche choosing this movie to spotlight because everyone knows about it. But do you know why it’s such a famous and influential film? Doubt it. I’ve been reading Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson which tells the story of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn. It reads like a novel so it’s a very interesting read – if you’re into this kind of topic I definitely recommend the book.
Audrey Hepburn plays a call girl, Holly Golightly, living in New York trying to find a place where she belongs. This character paved the way for women, fashion, and film. A woman living on her own, a call girl even, providing for herself was absolutely unheard of in the late fifties and early sixties. Women got married and catered to their husbands. That’s how it was. But when women saw Holly Golightly on the silver screen and strangely wanted to be like her, things changed. She blazed the way for the independent woman.
Everyone’s heard of the little black dress – fashion experts recommend every female closet to contain a little black dress. In the 1920s, women took the look of black from a meaning of mourning to a meaning of modernism. “It was hip to be square”. But as the decades went on the look of everyday black went out of style. It was more of a man’s look. This is where Audrey comes in. In the movie, Holly wears a little black dress most of the film. She made black look practical and classy again. Women working “in the man’s world” started to wearing black more often, putting off a stronger vibe. Thus, the little black dress is born.
Sex in movies? We see it everyday. It’s so normal these days. But during the time of Breakfast at Tiffany’s it was such a taboo topic. So having a hooker as the leading woman in a movie was completely unheard of. But they did it. And people loved her. The public responded so well to the movie it changed the way film makers produced movies. It opened an entirely new side of cinema.
I highly recommend you to pick up the book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. if you want to know more about this. I’m sure you all will be reading plenty more on Audrey Hepburn from me, considering I’m in love with her. Check out some of her other films like Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and How to Steal a Million