The iconic Audrey Hepburn romcom Breakfast at Tiffany’s was made before most of West Wollongong’s fashion design students were born – but they did their best Holly Golightly impressions yesterday.
A group of Applied Fashion Design and Technology students donned little black dresses, pearls, tiaras, long black gloves and chic chignons for a morning tea as part of breast cancer awareness month.
TAFE fashion relieving head teacher Tanya Scrivener said the students also added a touch of pink – in the form of a ribbon or a rose – in recognition of the important cause.
‘‘The students have been studying the history of fashion and the different influences as part of a unit of study they are undertaking,’’ she said.
‘‘They have been especially interested in the fashion of the 1960s, and the fashion sported by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s represents that era perfectly – it is just timeless, simple and elegant.
‘‘So they came up with the idea to host a morning tea and dress up in the style of that era, while raising funds, and awareness, for a great cause at the same time.’’
Breast Cancer Awareness Month originated in the United States in the 1980s and October is now an internationally recognised month for breast cancer awareness.
During October, Australia’s main breast cancer organisations – Breast Cancer Network Australia, McGrath Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Australia – all hold events to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, which is the most common cancer in Australian women, with one in nine Australian women diagnosed before the age of 85.