September 19th, 2008 · No Comments
Famous Audrey Hepburn Little Black Dress
The iconic little black dress famously worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s has gone under the hammer for a record £410,000. Christie’s auction house in London sold the dress to an anonymous telephone buyer for almost six times the original estimate placed on it.
Hailed as a piece of movie history, the sleeveless shift went for the highest amount ever paid for a gown from a film.
Designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created the design for the 1961 flick, donated it to writer Dominic Lapierre – author of the book City Of Joy – and his wife, to help raise funds for their charity which benefits the poor of Calcutta. “I’m absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools,” he said.
The black Givenchy creation had been expected to raise £70,000, but frenzied bidding ensured a final sum that easily eclipsed the £140,000 recently paid for the blue-and-white gingham dress Judy Garland wore in The Wizard Of Oz. “This is one of the most famous black dresses in the world – an iconic piece of cinematic history – and we are glad it fetched a historic price,” said Christie’s film specialist Sarah Hodgson.
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September 18th, 2008 · No Comments
The LBD Event was born of a fashion lover’s desire to celebrate her favorite local designers and give back to the community that had nurtured her. Established in 2002, the organization has turned the ingenuity of more than 100 fashion designers into abundant charitable contributions.
Each year a city is selected; noteworthy area designers are invited to realize their vision of the little black dress; and the results are displayed and auctioned silently at a gala event, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to representatives of the designated local charity.
At the end of the evening, the work of one designer is singled out for recognition by attendees’ votes as “the perfect little black dress.” Though New York City designers were fêted in 2004, little black dress aims to shine a spotlight on emerging “alternative” fashion centers like Los Angeles (2002, 2003, 2005) and Manchester, England (2006). Fashionforward cities around the world are currently in consideration for forthcoming events. little black dress’ annual gathering is a rare opportunity for fashion’s most promising talent to mingle with the acclaimed designers who’ve inspired them, and for masters and novices alike to greet their public and see how they respond to their work.
Thus the fashion community—many of whom are known for doing well—come together to do good.
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