Audrey Hepburn: Jewellery Fashion Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Jewellery Fashion Icon

The 1961 Truman Capote adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a Hollywood classic, loved and cherished by many. The Oscar-winning film introduced us to what is now considered timeless fashion classics such as the thick framed sunglasses and the slinky black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly. In this month’s newsletter, we will be exploring the conic looks that Audrey herself sported in the movie, as well as sharing with you some our own Tiffany pieces plus other timeless classics that would have been seen during the sixties. 


When you think of pearl necklaces, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people tend to reference Hepburn's most recognisable and most iconic look from the opening scene. Audrey is introduced wearing an elegant column dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy, a pair of satin elbow-length gloves, tortoise shell Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses and layers upon layers of pearls. The magic lies in the way that Audrey’s pearls elegantly flow down her back, beautifully complimenting the low-cut design of her dress.  

Although the film itself was not about the luxurious jewellery shop, the film left many fantasising about owning Tiffany’s jewellery. Here at Powell’s Vintage, we have a selection of Tiffany’s jewellery and accessories to fulfil those desires. 

60s Jewellery Trends 

1960s jewellery fashion was unpredictable in just about every way. Rule books were thrown out the window and experimentation was all the rage. We saw bright colours, textured metals and numerous playful pieces such as big dangling earrings in geometric shapes, stacks of thick or skinny bangles, and colourful gemstones gained popularity. 

The Rise of Statement Pieces 

The 1970s was very much inspired by the previous decade. It provided us with large, attention-grabbing statement pieces such as this vintage retro diamond ring. The Jewellery was all about the sparkle and the bling which was intended to shine and reflect in the newly opened discos. 

As Audrey Hepburn was already a fashion icon of the 1950s, Breakfast at Tiffany’s catapulted Audrey as a fashion icon for decades after and inspired many of the jewellery trends that we’ve come to know and love from the time. Whether you’re looking for some Tiffany pieces to add to your collection or simply looking for jewellery inspiration from this era, be sure to browse our collection.