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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Audrey Hepburn portrait of an icon

 The rarely seen photograph of the late screen goddess will go on display next month at the National portrait gallery in London. The collection to be displayed are personal collections of her sons Sean Hepburn, Ferrer and Luca Dotti
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Hepburn in 1956

Many don't know  Audrey Hepburn who's regarded by many as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time to grace our screen, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston  (4 May 1929 and died on 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. 

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions. She spoke several languages including English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

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In 1950, photographer Bert Hardy followed Hepburn "on a tour of Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, during a break from her punishing schedule for the revue 'Sauce Piquante' " in London, Helen Trompeteler, co-curator of the exhibition, wrote in an email.

 Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld shot this image in 1952, and it was later published in Esquire magazine in 1956. Trompeteler wrote: "Hepburn's head is repeated into an infinite distance using a series of mirrors. The image is an outstanding example of Blumenfeld's skill as a photographer, and the composition is especially intriguing because it cleverly suggests the multifaceted nature of Hepburn's image."
 Hepburn stands for a wardrobe test shot for the film "Sabrina," which was released in 1954. Costume designer Edith Head won an Academy Award for the film, and it is hailed as the start of a longtime collaboration between Hepburn and designer Hubert de Givenchy.
 Hepburn poses at her rented farmhouse near Rome in this 1955 photo by Norman Parkinson. She is wearing a Givenchy cocktail dress from the Spring/Summer 1955 collection. "The narrow waist and full pleated skirt of the dress are typical of the 'New Look' silhouette which was so popular in the post-war period," Trompeteler wrote.

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