Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • By Truman Capote
  • Illustrated by Karen Klassen
  • The Folio Society, London, 2013
  • 226mm x 160mm x 30mm
  • Bound in 2014
  • WINNER OF THE MANSFIELD MEDAL FOR BEST BOOK IN COMPETITION IN THE 2014 DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS ANNUAL COMPETITION

Full leather stub binding sewn on three tapes, covered in dark blue goatskin
Miscellaneous leather onlays in grey, black, brown, green, blue, cream and orange
The leather is machine and hand embroidered over the onlays with cotton threads
Sections of the leather are sanded and also washed with acrylic paints
The binding is blind and gold tooled all over using both gold and moon gold leaf
The doublures are patterned and simplified embroidered detail added to the endpapers
 
Description of design
 
The design of the book shows a party scene, with Holly Go Lightly featuring on the front cover of the binding smoking a long cigarette. Holly seems like a party girl who cares only about money and finding the next fun thing, constantly attracting and then fending off unwanted advances from men she picks up at bars. She hosts a wild party at her brownstone apartment in New York that I chose as the theme for the binding.
 
As the book progresses we learn more about the vulnerability of the character. Holly lives with a ginger cat but refuses to give him a name, as although he lives with her in her apartment she doesn't believe she owns him. I added the cat into my design, with his ginger fur contrasting with the darker party scene on the majority of the cover as her attachment to the cat was greater than she imagined.
 

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