Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

National Portrait Gallery | 2 July – 18 October 2015

An unmissable exhibition about Audrey Hepburn, the film star, fashion icon and humanitarian.

Bud Fraker - Audrey Hepburn for Sabrina Paramount Picture (1954)

Bud Fraker – Audrey Hepburn for Sabrina Paramount Pictures (1954)

This exhibition marks 65 years since Audrey Hepburn took to the stage at London night club, Ciro’s. The site of the performance – which marked the beginning of her extraordinary career – is now occupied by the National Portrait Gallery archive.

Iconic portraits by leading 20th century photographers are brought together with intimate personal pictures from the family collection in order to chart Hepburn’s life both on and off the screen. Early photographs capture her difficult childhood in Belgium and Holland, her dedication to ballet practice as a young woman and her first modelling assignments in London – it was during these years she became the face of a campaign for Crookes Lacto-Calamine skin cream.

Watch the video about the exhibition here.

Look out for Mark Shaw’s photo essay about Audrey Hepburn for Life Magazine. He was granted unprecedented access to the star – who was filming Sabrina at the time – and followed her both on and off-set. The pictures provide a unique insight into Hepburn’s life at the height of her fame, and are shown.

Further behind-the-scenes shots are provided by Larry Fried, who captures Hepburn in her dressing room on Broadway for Gigi and Philippe Halsman’s pictures of her in Italy during the filming of War and Peace.

Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tel: 020 7306 0055


Admissions: Adults: £9

Opening hours:

Sat – Wed,10am – 6pm
Thu – Fri, 10am – 9pm