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Audrey Hepburn Returns to London

A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the ultimate style icon.


Audrey Hepburn

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” isn’t the only fashion exhibition taking over London this summer. This week, “Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon” opens at the National Portrait Gallery. On view until October 18th, the show explores the life and career of the 20th-century icon through a selection of photographs, vintage magazine covers and film stills. Thirty-five photos are on loan from the personal collection of her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, including a candid backstage shot from a fitting for her title role in Sabrina, images of Hepburn as a young girl in Bruges, and her last photoshoot in 1991 with Steven Meisel. Also on view will be memorable portraits by mega-photographers including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Irving Penn, Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson.

“We are thrilled to be able to support this comprehensive and beautifully curated exhibition dedicated to our mother as it allows me and my brother Sean to grasp fragments of an otherwise unreachable past,” Dotti says. “She would be honored to have an exhibition dedicated to her at the National Portrait Gallery. And glad to be back home.”

Book tickets now.National Portrait Gallery,St. Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE.

Photos: Audrey Hepburn Returns to London

Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million Dollars. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, 1960. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

Audrey Hepburn by Leo Fuchs. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman, 1955. Courtesy of Life Magazine.

Audrey Hepburn, 1955. © Norman Parkinson Ltd.

Audrey Hepburn on Jours de France. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

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