Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon,’ up now through October at London’s National Portrait Gallery, a collection of more than seventy pictures shot by some of the most prominent photographers of the Twentieth Century resound with that sentiment, providing viewers with an intimate view of Hepburn’s life both on-screen and off.

From pre-fame days as a choir girl, to early fashion magazine spreads and press shots and later life human rights and philanthropic work, the comprehensive exhibition spotlights the lesser known sides of the doe-eyed brunette with quirk and charm we all fell in love with joyriding through Rome and dressing to the nines to stroll our favorite jewel-filled Fifth Avenue windows.

Including photographs of Hepburn by everyone from Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Norman Parkinson, the exhibition’s multi-lensed view not only showcase’s the actress and style icon’s presence, beauty, and grace, but also looks at the art of portraiture photography as it aligned with the rise of the film star, from film noir headshots to high-fashion shoots to atmospheric candids.

If you’re in London now through October, don your best ballet flats and cat eye and prepared to be inspired by the woman who set the bar on chic. We’ll be treating ourselves to a little movie marathon in preparation.

‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’ is on view now through October 18, 2015 at the National Portrait Galley, London.

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