Portraits of an Icon

Portraits of an Icon

I have a great friend who has been so inspired by Audrey Hepburn over  the years that not only does she dress in a similar way to the great Icon but also names her beloved camper van after her. A couple of years ago she took a trip to Ireland and back for over a year, came home got engaged and then on her wedding day drove herself and her husband away from the church in ….Audrey!

I hope she saw the exhibition in London at the National Portrait Gallery and if she did not I shall be urging her to visit me from her home in Surrey to catch the exhibition on now in Cheltenham.

We are so fortunate to have this exhibition at The Wilson, Cheltenham which explores the life of Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) and the development of her era-defining image.

There are over 70 specially – selected photographs, film stills and vintage magazine covers which trace her early years as a ballet student in London, through to her  international stage and film career, and pioneering humanitarian work in later life. 

Photos in the exhibition include classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn.

The exhibition has been organised with support from the Audrey Hepburn Estate, her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, himself a Film Producer and Luca Dotti. Audrey had Luca in 1969 with her second husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, who she divorced when he was 13. His older half-brother, Sean, from Audrey’s first marriage to Mel Ferrer in 1954 that lasted almost 15 years.



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 Golden Age Hollywood and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.


035. Audrey Hepburn, 1955 © Norman Parkinson Ltd

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Norman Parkinson for Glamour Magazine, 1955. © Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

Having loved her myself and enjoyed her classic films – My Fair Lady – 1964, Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961, Sabrina – 1954, I enjoyed the exhibtion very much and whilst it was quite quick to get around it was a delight to see such exquisite images of this remarkable woman and to read more about her early life.




I would urge you to make a trip to see this exhibition, perhaps tie it in with some Christmas shopping in Cheltenham.


The exhibition runs until 31 January 2016

£7 adults / £5 concessions / Free for those aged 16 & under
Tickets available on 01242 237 431  or at The Wilson, and Online here

I do hope you get a chance to visit the exhibition, enjoy!

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