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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at The National Portrait Gallery

July 28, 2015

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Few women have captured the essence of British elegance in quite the way that Audrey Hepburn has and we were delighted when we were invited by the National Portrait Gallery to preview their Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition which will run throughout this summer.

With over 70 photographs, film stills and magazine covers charting her extraordinary life this is a wonderful celebration of the style and grace that made Hepburn one of the most photographed women in the world. Photographs by renowned fashion and portrait photographers including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson show her many different sides.

The exhibition opens with Hepburn’s early years as a determined chorus girl in London’s West End through to her most defining film star moments as the glamourous Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as her major roles in Roman Holiday, Funny Face and My Fair Lady.

Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffanys Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (released 1961). EPT Research Collection. Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London.

What is particularly endearing about this exhibition, however, is the archive material and rare family photos in the collection, which offer a deeper insight into the character behind the celebrity and a glimpse of her life away from the silver screen. Many of these have never been on public view before and show Hepburn’s natural beauty and vivacity.

In the latter years of her life the compassionate side of Hepburn came to the fore. She became known for her humanitarian work with Unicef and the pictures representing this time hint at a women full of warmth and sensitivity.

audrey-hepburn-1988 Audrey Hepburn - Unicef (1988). Image © www.unicef.de

Audrey Hepburn is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational British women of her time and these images tell her story beautifully.

Hepburn is defined by her classic style and sophisticated elegance, which is clearly evident in each portrait, whether she is relaxing with family or shooting a film and we are thrilled to be supporting the National Portrait Gallery’s celebration of Audrey Hepburn’s life with a selection of Floris's most timeless eau de toilettes and bath and body products, inspired by the elegance of London and Hepburn herself.

Audrey Hepburn - Dressing Room Audrey Hepburn photographed by Mark Shaw preparing for Ondine in her dressing room at the Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York, published in Mademoiselle (June 1954 issue). The Mark Shaw Photographic Archive. Image © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com.

Our fresh, sparking White Rose Eau de Toilette  and Enriched Body Moisturiser, originally created in the heart of London, have a delicate feminine fragrance which opens with vibrant green notes and rose, warmed by soft carnation and lifted by subtle nuances of violet and jasmine.

Our Lily of The Valley Eau de Toilette and Enriched Body Moisturiser, also available to purchase at The National Portrait Gallery. This refined floral scent opens with leafy green notes and sparkling lemon which lead to the enduring heart of lily of the valley.

The classic scent of our Edwardian Bouquet Eau de Toilette and Enriched Body Moisturiser is characteristically English, opening with light citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin which lead into the grand floral heart. The base is dominated with sandalwood and imbued with moss, musk and soft powdery notes.

Discover more of the limited selection of Floris products at The National Portrait Gallery.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery until 18th October 2015. 

Featured image credit: photographed by Philippe Halsman near Rome for LIFE (18 July 1955 issue). Audrey Hepburn Estate/Luca Dotti & Sean Hepburn Ferrer. Image © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos.

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