Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

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© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

Audrey Hepburn is one of the most glamorous women of our time. I'm a big admirer of her movies, her humanitarian work and her sense of style, so the Portraits of an Icon exhibition currently being held at the National Portrait Gallery in London is top of my visit list.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

To coincide with the exhibition, a new book has been released. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is written by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler and contains a mix of 145 black and white and color photographs. The exhibition marks the 65th anniversary of her performance at Ciro's West End night club that helped launch her career, and chronicles her early years in London, her Hollywood heyday and her career as a special ambassador for UNICEF.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

Hepburn was principally dressed by Givenchy for much of her life, and sat for photographers including Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Angus McBean, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson. The book contains many of these images, as well as publicity stills, family photographs and informal images.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

This is a truly amazing book, and has rekindled my interest in Hepburn and her impressive film reel. In fact, I'll be rewatching Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face this weekend! If you love fashion, film or portrait photography, this is a book for you.

© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery runs until October 18th.


© Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, Skira Rizzoli / National Portrait Gallery, London, 2015
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