The Little Black Dress That Helps India

Natalie Portman wears the iconic black dress in this month's Harper's Bazaar.
Natalie Portman in the famous frock.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one my favorite movies of all-time. Total chic, fantastic parties, a little romance, mayhem involving five-and-dimes, getting the weather report at Sing Sing and the pleasure of watching Audrey Hepburn as Holly GoLightly. The little Givenchy black dress she wore while enjoying her croissant and coffee and peering into the windows of the Tiffany & Co. flagship will go on sale at Christie’s in London on December 5th. The dress is expected to go for around $130,000 and the proceeds from the sale will go to the City of Joy Aid charity to benefit the under-privileged in India.

Audrey Hepburn dedicated her life after her final film role to helping impoverished children in countries like Somalia, Venezuela, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Known for her dedication and involvement with UNICEF, Hepburn helped raise awareness of poverty in far-reaching areas of the world.

To continue Hepburn’s work, Hubert de Givenchy has raised money since her death in 1993 by auctioning various pieces from his collection to help benefit underprivileged children around the world. Three identical copies of the iconic black dress were made for the filming of Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Givenchy. One is on display in the Museum of Costume in Madrid, one other is in Givenchy’s archive. According to Harper’s Bazaar, it was a recent meeting with the director of City of Joy Aid that made Givenchy decide to do this auction of the last black dress.

So fitting. Such a fantastic cause.

October 23, 2006
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