I came across this content when searching my online folders. I had initially researched and written this piece on historic shapewear for a magazine segment, but sadly it never materialised. I still enjoyed the content when I re-read it, so now it is featuring on my own blog.
I have various historical interests and for my MA dissertation I decided to integrate my different interests and academic skills – focusing on the medical effects of dress reform and also putting a philosophical spin on it! The focus of my dissertation was the life and work of Madame Roxey Ann Caplin, a Canadian born writer and corset maker (or stay-maker, as Madame Caplin stated) who worked at 58 Berners Street, London throughout nearly the entire 19th Century. She was born in 1793 and died on the 2nd August 1888 – her long life was full of innovation, inspiration and individualism.
I came across Dinky Craft one day, during my various daily scrolls of Twitter. I’m always attracted to small craft businesses on any social media platform, and I was drawn in by the wonderful and innocent logo. On further investigation I thought to myself: what a hidden gem this account is!
Next up for my Breakfast at Tiffanys challenge is the party scene! This is probably one of my favourite outfits of the movie (bar a later one which involves a pretty orange coat, but we will get to that…)
The dress in this specific scene is very similar to the previous recreation of another black dress – however I wanted each outfit to be different. I had no other access to a black dress at the time but had a perfect white ballerina style which would look perfect at a party hosted by Holly Golightly…
The white dress is a Topshop dress which I have owned for a few years. The ballerina style dress was popular in the 1960s, note the distant similarities to the wedding dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.
Although a longer dress and a fuller shape, it must be remembered that a wedding dress is obviously part of a more formal occasion, and therefore the traditional aspects of fashion and femininity where reflected in the event. By this I mean that dresses would be at a certain length, contrasting with the party in the film, which is an informal social affair. This allows dresses to be shorter and more casual.
Additionally, ballerina dresses were popular as dress patterns prior to the 1960s. The picture below this shows two covers to pattern sheets; the image to the right is of a 1960s addition, showing the ballerina style alongside more fitted and glamorous dress styles. In contrast, however not entirely different is a 1940s cover, again showing how the ballerina skirt is common of the time.
The outfit I am wearing is clearly not a direct recreation, however it carries a similar style in reflecting the event in question. For example the hair is not exactly the same. Instead of the twisted messy yet sophisticated look, I opted for a top knot bun, teasing part of my fringe into a little raised quiff, similar to the effect given by Holly’s twisted hair do.
I managed to find jewellery which are very similar to the necklace and earrings used. The blue and green earrings are from Accessorize and the necklace from Claires. The earrings are probably my favourite thing about the whole of the outfit because of the art deco style and peacock colours reflecting in the light. Despite buying both pieces of jewellery from different places they compliment each other really well and could even pass as as a set!
I did my make up as I normally would for both day to day and evening wear. I always opt for blush cheeks, pink lip and my trusty sleek eyebrow kit!
I hope you enjoyed! x
I’m starting out with the dress again – however this time it was a little different.
This time I couldn’t quite find a perfect match – I tried lots off different sites and shops which were offering a sort of flapper style dress, black with either a ruffled edge or a modern style handkerchief edge. These didn’t shout of to me,I needed something overall more modern, however still in keeping with the 1960’s era. I had a rethink of how I would find a suitable dress at a reasonable price.
I then remembered I had a range of simple old black dresses. One was an old new look buy – a kind of adjustable length body con maxi dress. It was simple, and needed some TLC to make it suitable.
If you don’t have any old black dresses or you don’t want to add anything to a current black dress try find a simple box or t-shirt style – a simple black dress can be very cheap!
The dress which Audrey wears in the film has a sort of fur edging, bringing dimension and texture to the bottom of the dress.
I used the local fabric shop, Boyes, which is a chain store and sells all kinds of fabric and materials for any craft! I managed to pick up some fur cut down to 20cm – which only cost me a grand total of £1.55!
I’m not going lie, my sewing skills are not amazing and I didn’t want to ruin both the fur and the fabric so I nicely asked my Mother House Elf to help. The fur was attached within minutes!
I am delighted with the result of this dress! Such a minimal edit and style however looks so elegant! I must add that if you do try this, make sure the fur is only attached at the top – this is to allow the fur to have some give while trying to get the dress on or off – or even walk!
I’ve recently done a hat post about handmade hats – but for this post I’ve reverted back to the easily accessible and affordable Primark hat at only £4 – which does an excellent job at channeling Audrey’s style!
The earrings I am wearing were a present given to me. They are a 1940s crystal style, but thought they woul
d suit this outfit! However, after observing the way they were made they are nothing more than opaque and silver beads, which are sewn circular around the earring clip. A super affordable and fun way to make crystal style earrings!
The shoes are my favourite sparkly kitten heels from Dorothy Perkins – they work so well with the sparkles in the hat and the earrings!
So this post is about that hat – the scene where Holly first meets Paul or “Fred” as she nicknames him. She is frantically getting ready to make the 10.45 train after being reminded it is Thursday, and transforms herself instantly into this glamorous outfit.
I just love the hat, the simple colour of it complimented by the white tie, the shape and the wide brim.
Although I would love to make a hat like this, my skills at millinery are non-existence! I scanned the internet and shops to find a suitable hat to fit the budget. Hats are expensive!
There are a lot of replica Tiffany’s hats around – but charge so much money for them! Similarly because the hat itself is so big it would be extremely difficult to find one which would come under my £25 budget!
So, after having difficulties of locating a suitable hat I put the idea to the back of my mind. I was one morning walking through Hull City Centre and passed Primark though the Princess Quays shopping centre. The window in Primark was full of summer and beachwear – all the bikinis and summer dresses were an explosion of colour to my eye. However on the backwall I managed to see the summer hats, all large brims!
To my excitement I rushed in and found two styles I really liked. They are not one hundred percent similar as the one in Breakfast at Tiffanys – but I looked at them and realised they had a vintage vibe. What I liked about them more was the fact they had a hat tie! Despite none of them having a white tie, I settled on a stripy black hat with a black tie. I think it is a good alternative – and for only £4, it was a definite winner!
Hello everyone, my next update on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s challenge is Holly’s signature necklace! I’ve found lots of replicas online, some better than others. However I thought it would be fun to put my unique spin on it – and make it myself!
It is a simple design out of a long chain of pearls and a brooch.
If you aren’t so keen on making you’re own unique version of the necklace as I said, replicas are available, however both the prices and quality may vary!
The pearl necklace was an amazon buy at £1.69. This 72″ chain allows three wraps around the neck. Obviously the longer the chain the more wraps can be created; four being the ideal number as it resembles the actual necklace.
The brooch was also from amazon, costing £1.40. The selection available are all beautiful, able to embellish almost anything clothes wise, hats or shoes. The brooch can clip onto the pearl wraps, or if this feels insecure it can be glued or fixed by stitching. I can also double as that hair piece to compliment Holly’s stylish beehive hair. Simply thread a double pin or too through the brooch and secure it to the hair. Similarly the hair piece can also a decorative hair slide or small tiara – anything elegant and silver would work to gain the Holly Golightly look!
So, a first update on my quest from Holly’s primary outfit!I began the hunt for a long black dress, having in mind a light material in order to incoporate both a casual wear and formal wear – which would be embellished by jewellery.
The maxi dress introduced an inner challenge within the project of an outfit of £25. My 5″3 and size 12 shape has always brought difficulty in finding a maxi dress with that perfect length. I always found searching in younger teen sections to find a dress with the ideal length, but never fit due to the lack of room for hips! Because of this I took a different approach to find a dress and researched different clothes websites for dresses which resembled the iconic dress. In find I had a straight black dress, thin straps and that tasteful slit up the side to give the illusion of a longer leg.
|Dress from Boohoo|
After numerous ganders on online shops of my usual choice I found a few options on Boohoo. The prices are very generous, plain maxi dresses sold at an average of £12! Similarly Boohoo also have a petite section where I discovered a perfect fit for a 5″3 height and every size from 8 to 16. (Boohoo are also very nice to students with extra discounts and promo codes for discounted delivery.) The dress available suited my original checklist, a straight dress with an elegant and natural shape to the hips and waist, as well as a slit up the side and a scoop neck to highlight the future necklace. The dress was £12, just under half the maximum budget of £25. However I think so a maxi dress £12 is an absolute bargain! The dress was delivered a day after ordering, causing Boohoo to my new current favourite!
|Signature curve cut out|
If you’re feeling adventurous and want a dress near enough identical to Holly’s, the scoop neck and back of the dress can be altered in order to mimic the style of the back of the dress. it is possible to cut of the sides in order to create the back curve. However do not feel like this is necessary and only do it if you want to. The ordinary dress still looks elegant too! Also if you want to cut pieces of the dress please make sure you know what you’re doing, and if you’re younger, ask someone who is more confident and able at cutting and sewing!
I am a fashion lover, especially the vintage fashion from 1910s up to the 1960s. My passion for everything vintage has drawn me into creating a project which this blog will hopefully reflect. By the title of this blog you have probably guessed what the project involves.
Breakfast At Tiffanys:
I have always been intrigued by that iconic outfit on the posters; the elegant black dress complimented by the diamonds and the pearls. I saw the film was on TV one day and sat down and watched it. I instantly fell in love with it. Everything about it it was brilliant, the plot, the acting and characterizations, but especially the clothes. Every outfit Audrey’s character Holly wore was exquisite, every scene left me in owe in what the next outfit would be.
After using the internet to find replicas of these outfits I came across a lot of similar projects; girls creating their own versions of these outfits, and this inspired me to create my own challenge. I will be posting a my own versions of outfits worn by Holly Golighty.
In some instances I will be saving myself money by creating my own versions of these outfits and the accessories, which will hopefully inspire others that it is possible to create these beautiful vintage looks from materials and clothes already accessible.I will also be creating Holly’s iconic hairstyles with step by step instructions to create the 1960s style.
The outfits will be in consecutive order from the scenes of the film, meaning that the first post will be that iconic outfit worn by Audrey as she gazes through the window of Tiffany’s. However, it probably won’t be including the crossiant and coffee! 😀