French Exhibit Reminds Us Fashion Is Art

Esteemed fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is opening a retrospective exhibit at the Lace and Fashion Museum in Calais, France. Givenchy, now aged 90, has curated the exhibit himself. The iconic outfit he created for Audrey Hepburn to wear in Breakfast at Tiffany's is a major highlight of the show. It's a look that is unforgettable. The dress is, of course, exquisite. But what makes it stand out in our collective memory are the accessories. The elbow length black gloves. The long, long cigarette holder. The discrete tiara glittering in her upswept hair. The oversized sunglasses. And of course, above all, the magnificent multi-strand pearl necklace with the dazzling front clasp.

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

The look Hubert de Givenchy created for Audrey Hepburn shows that fashion is art. Each piece is a piece of art, and together they are like a symphony. As jaw-dropping as that pearl necklace is, the final look is greater than the sum of its parts.

That's an inspiring way to approach your own wardrobe and accessories. Forget about what's hot this season. Think instead about what combination of clothing and accessories creates a timeless look.

The Art of Pearl Bridal Jewellery

The one day you really want to create a symphonic artwork with your clothing and accessories is your wedding day. The dress is the foundation of your look, but your bridal accessories are what finish it. Pearl bridal jewellery and other accessories can take your wedding day look from lovely to unforgettable. Take some inspiration from Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's look. We don't mean wear a little black dress on your big day. But think about how the pearl necklace she wore works with the dress like it is part of it.

Givenchy designed Hepburn's dress to show off her shoulders and hide her collarbone. Most of us select the cut of our wedding dress the same way. We want it to show off our best features and disguise our less than best features. Pearl bridal jewellery can be part of a bespoke look that is all about focusing on your best features.

A simple, elegant single strand pearl necklace can draw the eye to your neck, as can a pearl choker. But if you are self-conscious about your neck, you can choose a longer, dazzling rope length pearl necklace and that's what will stand out. If your dress is strapless, a pearl choker is the perfect accessory to work with it. It's an elegant piece that won't conflict with the bodice of your bridal gown.

Part of what makes Givenchy's designs for Hepburn so magical is that the two were also friends. He knew her as a person, so he could design clothes that suited her in every way. Very few of us happen to be friends with a fashion designing genius. But we do have good friends who know us and our style, and they are invaluable in helping us find a look that is perfect for any special occasion. Friendship is beautiful, and nothing can help you remember how beautiful you are like a good friend helping you put together a look.