Although many people consider the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum to be the most exciting exhibition to be seen in London over the summer (having seen it I can understand why) but to be perfectly honest I’m personally more excited to see the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition dedicated to Audrey Hepburn.

Now everyone who knows me really well will know that Audrey Hepburn is my all-time favourite actress. Her grace, her humanity and kindness makes her an example for any woman even today.

This exhibition is particularly important as 35 images included in the display are from the personal collection of her two sons Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti. It is also the first display examining Hepburn’s life and career to be organised in support from the Audrey Hepburn estate, making it even more special.

1953 Sept. 22 Sabrina wardrobe test shots
1953 Sept. 22 Sabrina wardrobe test shots, Paramount Pictures. 

I get a feeling that this will be an extremely busy exhibition, down to the enduring appeal of the subject – who was so easy to photograph.

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing images of her when she wasn’t working and she could be just her – not Audrey Hepburn the film star.

Film star, humanitarian, wife, mother – there are many roles that this sophisticated star played in her life but ultimately it was her roles as mother and humanitarian that gave her the most joy and I’m eager to see that to come through in the exhibition.

on location in the Congo for 'The Nun's Story'
on location in the Congo for ‘The Nun’s Story’

The exhibition also allows visitors to see the work of so many talented photographers that were around during her lifetime such as Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton and how they managed to capture her in their own styles.

This special exhibition opens to the public on the 2nd July and will run until the 18th October 2015.


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