London Lowdown: Portraits of an Icon

London Lowdown: Portraits of an Icon
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” ~ Audrey Hepburn   London is a veritable playground for those who love to explore unique and fascinating events and exhibitions. Some could argue there is simply too much choice, but if you can only make time for one event this month, it has to be The National Portrait Gallery’s showcase of the elegant, illustrious and strikingly beautiful, Audrey Hepburn. Eloquently named Portraits of an Icon, this exquisite exhibition details the captivating story of this distinguished actress and fashionista. Ms. Hepburn is probably most recognised for her starring role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, styled in a deliciously sensual little black dress, long seductive gloves and glamorous tiara; the perfect parody of sophistication. The exhibition features a specially selected collection of images, which captures various aspects of Hepburn’s life, ranging from celebrated film and fashion moments to intimate portraits taken by famous photographers such as Norman Parkinson and Cecil Beaton. Portraits of an Icon is a wonderful narrative that tells the Audrey Hepburn story, from her coy entry into the limelight, to the charitable work she devoted her later life to. As an idyllic compliment, the National Portrait Gallery has designed a programme of special features to accompany the exhibition, including showing a selection of classic Hepburn films, including Charade and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What’s not to love?