AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON
Audrey Hepburn photographed wearing Givenchy by Norman Parkinson, 1955
© Norman Parkinson Ltd / Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive.
The exhibition will tour to
The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums
9 November 2015 - 31 January 2016
"This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London's West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world's most photographed and recognizable stars.
This beautiful and enchanting photographic exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery will provide an illuminating insight to the life and career of Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London's West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world's most photographed and recognizable stars.
The exhibition will show a selection of more than seventy images defining Hepburn's iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O'Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story."
Find out more at the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum website.(1)
Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, 1960
© The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's.
From left to right:
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Douglas Kirkland for How To Steal A Million, 1966.
Iconic Images/Douglas Kirkland © Douglas Kirkland
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Jack Cardiff during the filming of War and Peace (released 1956)
Simon Regan Collection (reganprint.com) © Jack Cardiff
Not only was Ms.Hepburn a fantastic and iconic actress, she was also a humanitarian, which is what I find most inspiring. She remained humble and devoted much of her time to UNICEF and traveled across the world to help those in need. She was truly one of the most naturally beautiful people, both inside and out, to have lived.
Film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn is elegance personified in Breakfast at Tiffany's: the Little Black Dress, tiara, large sunglasses and with her hair swept up in a french twist. Audrey's style has made a lasting impact and in no small part due to her collaboration with Hubert de Givenchy. The partnership they shared as Artist and Muse is a fashion fairytale, and started when Givenchy was tapped to provide costuming for the film Sabrina. Together, they took the ingenue look to new heights and brought Parisian chic to American audiences. They also popularized trends like the bateau neckline and tea length wedding dresses.
Throughout her career, Audrey's natural beauty captivated the world with her on-screen fashion and her off-screen humanitarian work. She had a glamour that was understated but undeniable. From her gamine hairstyle to heavily black-lined eyes to capris worn with ballet flats, Audrey Hepburn's style is much copied to this day. (2)
Audrey's style continues to be the pinnacle of timeless grace and elegance.
When people think of the actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Audrey Hepburn, they think of grace, class, elegance, and style. Audrey knew what looked good on her, and what didn't, and as Audrey's son Sean Hepburn Ferrer explained, his mother's style was "the extension of an inner beauty reinforced by a life of discipline, respect for the other, and hope in humanity."
Actress Audrey Hepburn, star of Breakfast at Tiffany's, remains one of Hollywood's greatest style icons and one of the world's most successful actresses.
Born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium, Audrey Hepburn was a talented performer known for her beauty, elegance and grace. Often imitated, she remains one of Hollywood's greatest style icons.
In her later years, acting took a back seat to her work on behalf of children. She became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in the late 1980s. Traveling the world, Hepburn tried to raise awareness about children in need. She understood too well what it was like to go hungry from her days in The Netherlands during the German Occupation. Making more than 50 trips, Hepburn visited UNICEF projects in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She won a special Academy Award for her humanitarian work in 1993, but she did not live long enough to receive it.
Her work to help children around the world continues. Her sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, along with her companion Robert Wolders, established the Audrey Hepburn Memorial Fund to continue Hepburn's humanitarian work in 1994. It is now known as the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. (3)
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