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Audrey Hepburn would have been 87 years old this week. And when we think of Audrey, scenes of a black and white movie filmed in part at the luxurious Tiffany’s in New York soon invade our imagination. The movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, 1961, became a cinematic icon; and elevated Audrey Hepburn to a now timeless symbol of elegance and beauty.

What many do not associate with the image of one of the most successful actresses in film history is the unstable life that Audrey had in Europe during World War II. The actress would eat tulip flowers to survive and witnessed the death of family members who resisted the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

On a day in which the female figure is exalted so beautifully, Mother’s Day, I draw on Audrey for a fellowship tea among former students from Baruch College. The costume remembers well the compositions of the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the first Audrey Hepburn work after her pregnancy.

Ms. Audrey is inspiration, yes, and not just for the visual references on the surface but also because she is an example of victory in adversity.

Dress: American Apparel / Shoes: Shoestock / Bag: Charleston Antiques / Pearl diadem: H&M


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