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Holiday Chic: A stylish gift for film lovers 

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). If you're searching for a cinematic gift that comes with a sizable helping of style, look no further than this Audrey Hepburn hit, available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Hepburn stars in one of her most iconic roles as Holly Golightly, the sensual sophisticate described by one character as "a phony ... but a real phony!" Escaping from a shameful past, Holly employs her feminine wiles on "rats" and "super-rats" to always get ahead, but her best-laid plans run into interference after she meets a genuinely nice guy (George Peppard). On the down side, this adaptation of Truman Capote's story features arguably the worst racial stereotype ever to disgrace a Hollywood film, with Mickey Rooney simply abysmal as Holly's Japanese neighbor, a bucktoothed nerd who's constantly bumping into objects in his own apartment. Barring this, director Blake Edwards makes the most of George Axelrod's screenplay, and the film will forever be linked to its smash single, the enchanting "Moon River" (by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer).

Just as famous as that Oscar-winning melody, however, are the outfits worn by Holly throughout the film. While the legendary Edith Head was the film's costume supervisor, Hepburn's wardrobe was specifically designed by Givenchy, who had the privilege of creating outfits for the actress on eight separate films. The most famous of the Tiffany's outfits is the gorgeous black dress (pictured above), which, according to IMDb, was sold in 2006 for $807,000 at Christie's Auction House in London.

Among the extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray is the featurette It's So Audrey: A Style Icon, which examines the effect the glamorous actress had on the fashion world.

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