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29.07.2015- Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the National Portrait Gallery for a very special view of their latest headline exhibition- Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. As one of the most photographed subjects in history, Hepburn's status as an enduring style inspiration is undisputed, and her appearances on screen remain some of the chicest ever committed to celluloid. This major retrospective is the first exhibition of its kind to be put together in association with Hepburn's sons, and as such features a selection of never-before-seen images from their family archive. As always with National Portrait Gallery installations, it's been beautifully curated, occupying an intimate, considered space which acts as the perfect canvas for a deeply personal look at the life of one of the world's most instantly recognisable stars:

Tracing Hepburn's astronomical rise to stardom through the viewfinder of photographers such as Erwin Blumenfeld, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson,  we are left in no doubt as to how in demand she was as a subject- whether as ingenue on the cusp of huge Hollywood success or, later, as a fully fledged star with true leading lady credentials which saw her star in some of the most successful motion pictures of the period. As well as stills from feature films including Sabrina, Funny Face, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany's, the exhibition also includes a whole host of editorial shoots, from publications including Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair- all of which served to cement Hepburn's status as style icon, and which continue to inspire today. Alongside these sit a selection of candid, behind-the-scenes images, which evoke a real sense of the spirit behind the stardom, and indeed the exhibition as a whole evidences that it is the enduring charisma of the Hepburn persona which is the true essence of Audrey's legend and legacy.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon runs at the National Portrait Gallery until 18th October 2015.

Have you visited any interesting exhibitions recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


  1. It looks so good, I can't wait to go there for my birthday!

    - Elodie x

  2. This is on my list of exhibitions to visit! x


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