Audrey Hepburn, wearing Givenchy photographed at “La Vigna,” a charming villa in Albano Laziale in the Provicia di Roma, Photography by Norman Parkinson for Glamour Magazine, August 1955, © Norman Parkinson Ltd./Courtesy of Norman Parkinson Archive.
The “Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon” exhibition is on view now through 18 October, 2015, at the National Portrait Gallery London. This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn -who continues to inspire editorials today. The exhibit will chart Hepburn’s early life in London, to the pinnacle of her international stardom, to her later philanthropic work, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars. A selection of more than seventy images will define 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.
The BBC’s Francine Stock takes a look at this boutique exhibition. Film by Northern Town, 2015.
Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story. Richard Avedon once said, having worked with her on countless shoots. “I can only record. I cannot interpret her … She has achieved in herself her ultimate portrait.” Even when Hepburn is staring squarely at the camera, there is the suggestion of secrecy, a thought withheld. The face is almost always half-turned. The smile is almost always a half-smile. Privacy is always somewhere out of the frame.