Very few people are truly deserving of being awarded icon status. Yet Audrey Hepburn – actress, mother, philanthropist – is worthy of no less. This week, the National Portrait Gallery opens its doors to the eagerly anticipated photographic retrospective in her honour, Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon.
The exhibition coincides with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s performance in London’s West End nightclub, Ciro’s. On show are more than 70 images, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading 20th century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. They will be displayed alongside an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.
Highlights include 35 photos lent by Hepburn’s sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, from the family’s collection, including images of Hepburn at a dance recital, her early work as a fashion model photographed by Antony Beauchamp and behind-the-scenes shots taken by Mark Shaw during the making of Sabrina.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2, July 2 – Oct 18. Tickets: 020 7766 7344; npg.org.uk.