In a new interview, Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood discusses her work on the forthcoming Broadway adaptation of Truman Capote's adored BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's by Richard Greenberg and directed by Sean Mathias.
Atwood forewarns, this is not a stage recreation of the movie - not even close. "It's not about one black little dress when she goes to Tiffany's - there is not that moment [in the play]."
She elaborates, saying, "She wears that in a restaurant scene, which is sort of a nod to the 40s version of the little black dress." Check out the dress in question below.
Commenting upon making her Broadway debut with this new production of the iconic property, Atwood relates that, "I wanted to try it, and this particular director asked me, so I said, 'Why not.' It's a good first try for me, there's a lot going on in it. It's not the 60s, it's the 40s, where the book is set. So I'm not fighting that legend."
Speaking of the central character Holly Golightly herself, portrayed in this new production by GAME OF THRONES standout Emilia Clarke, Atwood reveals, "Holly herself has more of an edge, I think. She's much sexier in a less sleek fashion-y way."
Of Clarke, in particular, Atwood reveals, "[She is] playing Holly Golightly, who is a totally different kind of person - physically and in age and everything else - than Hepburn was in the movie."
Atwood concludes, "I really wanted to capture the youth of the time and how the energy of the young people all coming to New York to make their way during the war years. Girls going shopping for a dress for the night and entertaining men in ways that weren't really spoken about. It's just got a little more of an edge to it."
View the entire New York Daily News interview here.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's opens on Broadway on March 20. Previews begin March 4 at the Cort Theatre. More information is available at the official site here.
View Atwood's sketches for some of Holly's costumes in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's below.
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