Wednesday September 19, 2012
Recapturing Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly
RECREATING the timeless quality of beauty, grace and sophistication that exist in cinematic favourite Breakfast At Tiffany’s is no easy task. To capture a similar look as seen on Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly can prove to be daunting.
Rising to the challenge is champagne brand Moët & Chandon. It managed to recreate scenes from the classic film to be displayed as a visual tribute at the Moët & Chandon Cinema Classics 2012.
The brand’s aim in this endeavour is to reinterpret stylish cinematic moments, which can then be shared and celebrated amongst all Malaysians.
At the shoot, Ukrainian-born Levgeniia Tkachenko – better known as Zhenya – was transformed into the image of Hepburn with help from hairstylist Vlee Lau and make-up artist Kenny Yee.
With her hair swept up and face carefully powdered into porcelain perfection, Zhenya, 26, was further clothed in sumptuous garbs from Giorgio Armani and Red Valentino to complete her transformation into one of Hollywood’s most recognisable film characters of all time.
“The biggest challenge of the shoot was, of course, in capturing the same style aesthetic that Breakfast At Tiffany’s is so famous for. We didn’t want to produce something that could be deemed as a poor copy, and thus we really tried our hardest to make it a worthy reinvention. In this sense, the model and clothes are from our time, but the overt Hepburn allure is borrowed from the film classic,” says art director Sarah Tan.
The stilled recreations by photographer Michael Yeoh show a constructed take on the iconic character, inspired by scenes in the film where Holly readies herself to leave her apartment.
“The visuals show Holly getting ready to have a fun time out in town in a story of sorts. From her alighting from the bed, to getting ready in front of the vanity mirror, and just before she leaves, the different shots were immortalised as an example of classic cinematic style with the respect it deserves,” concludes Tan.