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Hepburn Dress Funds Educational Centres In India

LATEST: The money raised by the sale of the iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in movie Breakfast At Tiffany's will be used to fund educational centres in India.

The Givenchy-designed frock sold for $800,000 (£410,000) at auction last year (DEC06) in London, with proceeds going to Calcutta-based charity City Of Joy Aid.

The first of 15 planned centres will be built in Bengal and is set to open later this month (FEB07). It is hoped the scheme will help teach English to underprivileged children through computer training and audio aids.

French writer Dominique LapierreE, who established City of Joy Aid, was originally given the dress by designer Hubert De Givenchy before selling it to raise money for the charity, which provides clinics, schools, and hospital boats in poor areas of India.