A few months ago, I read that an exhibition was opening in London, featuring photographs of Audrey Hepburn at the National Portrait Gallery this year, my first thought was that I MUST get tickets…I absolutely love Audrey Hepburn, her movies and her style, due to my background in performing arts have also sang many of her songs from ‘My Fair Lady’. She was a fantastic actress, who was even quite funny in many of her movies, you have to admit that she is just as famous for her elegance, grace & sophisticated style as well as her talent.
Last month, I attended the Bloggers Preview of the Audrey Hepburn:Portraits Of An Icon photography exhibition organised & hosted by the lovely staff at the National Portrait Gallery. It was an early start (those who know me, know that mornings are not the best time of day for me) – but it was SO worth it.
On arrival at the gallery,(I forgot how grand the entrance was, I haven’t been inside this building for many years) I was greeted by a member of the team and was guided to entrance of the exhibition, signed in and was handed an Audrey Hepburn inspired goody bag (more on that later).
As soon as I walked into the exhibition I fell in love immediately, all over again with the talented Audrey Hepburn. Apart from the movies that i’d previously been introduced to by my mother, I actually realised that I didn’t know that much about our beloved Audrey.
The dancer in me immediately noticed her ballet shoes and her photo on the cover of an old copy of one of my favourite magazines ‘The Dancing Times‘.
The exhibition has been organised with support from the ‘Audrey Hepburn Estate/Luca Dotti & Sean Hepburn Ferrer’ and supported by the ‘Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation’ and the ‘Audrey Hepburn Exhibition Supporters Group’
Audrey’s family have supplied many photographs to this exhibition that have never been seen publicly previously.
After a brief look at some of the photographs, we were called together for a brief introduction to the exhibition. In the talk we were given a brief history of how the exhibition came together and the amount of hard work it took to source exclusive photographs for this project and the excitement, as it was all coming together.
Here are the top ten facts I learned;
- Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium in 1929
- She came to London in late 1948 as she had won a Ballet Scholarship at Rambert in Notting Hill, London
- Audrey started her career as a Chorus Girl in various West End Shows including Gigi (1951) which propelled her career
- She also performed on Broadway, NY, USA
- Throughout her career, she was on the front cover of many magazines – from Fashion to Dance.
- During the 1950’s & 1960’s she was at the height of her career
- Audrey Hepburn was the first actress to win an Academy Award, A Golden Globe & a BAFTA Award for a single performance – her leading role in ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953)
- She was also a successful fashion model
- She was a UNICEF Ambassador from 1988 until her death in 1993
- In 1992, she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her humanitarian work.
This exhibition will remain in London until 18th October 2015, then it will tour to The Wilson, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery from November 2015 – January 2016.
The gallery shop has lots of Audrey Hepburn merchandise to suit all tastes & budgets. Everything from Mugs, Soft Toys, Bags, Make-up Bags and Books are available in the National Portrait Gallery Shop.
I am SO coming back for the ‘Everything I Learned, I Learned From The Movies’ range.
The range can also be bought at the online shop – click here.
The staff at the gallery were very kind and gave us a lovely goody bag with an Audrey Hepburn fridge magnet, A perfume sample, chocolates and a Audrey Hepburn souvenir postcard and exhibition flyer. (see below).
Thank you so much to the team at the National Portrait Gallery for the invite and for a fantastic goody bag.
Let me know if you’ve been to see it yet, or if you are planning a trip to this elegantly, put together tribute exhibition to the marvelous legend that is Audrey Hepburn.
Exhibition Hashtag – #hepburn
Chanel Williams – Editor