If there is anyone that I would have wanted to be in looks and style, she would have been it. Not for her character, which I know little about, but for her style, elegance, and the way she looked. The film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in which she starred must be my all time great. I was also delighted to find that her dog Assam was a Yorkshire Terrier. Her son Lucca Dotti described her as “A girl who never expected anything, and was always amazed by life.”
Photographs in the exhibition include some from the private collection of her two sons that have never been on public display. A film star, humanitarian, and fashion muse the photographs embrace her life from her early days as an unknown to those taken by well-known photographers such as Norman Parkinson and Cecil Beaton.
Hepburn rose to fame at a time when the roles of women in society were continually being redefined, and used fashion to define her individuality. She and Givenchy enjoyed a life-long friendship and collaboration, and her name remains synonymous with Givenchy’s style.
One of the first international stars, Hepburn’s Broadway debut in Gigi 1951, and her BAFTA and Oscar winning role in Roman Holiday established her as a leading actress. She appeared in numerous films including Gigi, the Nun Story and my favourite, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
In 1988 she was Appointed Ambassador to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and until her death in 1993 dedicated herself to the work as their International Goodwill Ambassador. Although she died in 1993, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund continues her humanitarian legacy.
The exhibition runs until 18 October, 2015 with an associated programme of events and talks.
National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. T. 020 7766 7344
http://www.npg.org.uk/hepburn Open 10.00 – 18.00 Thursday and Friday to 21.00.
Entry £10.00/concessions £8.50 includes a voluntary donation