National Portrait Gallery: Audrey Hepburn, Portraits Of An Icon 

 

National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon


Early Friday morning before the doors opened to the general public, Radley generously invited us to view the new Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Admittedly despite having her portrait grace my bedroom walls as a teenager in the form of a Ikea 'original' canvas - you know the one - I never really knew much about Audrey herself besides the fact shes was a stunning beauty with a soft lust worthy accent to rival Joanna Lumbley's. 

The exhibition runs until October 18th and features a whole assortment of photographs of the late movie star, from her first steps of her earlier dance career right up till her humanitarian work and last appearances as a cover star shot by Steven Meisel in 1991.

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The exhibition itself is small but is more than enough to catch a glimpse of the icons life and is spread chronologically through three rooms, something that appeals to my inner control freak. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with earlier shots of the stars work rather than being bombarded with images that have been over saturated like her Breakfast at Tiffany's portrait, an image that has unfortunately been ruined for me thanks to my cheesy Ikea knock off. There is a broad mix of photographs; some that we have seen from her modelling and film work and others that have come from the personal archives of Hepburn's sons.

I luckily managed to nab the curators for a quick chat about the exhibition, they spoke about how they flew out to the Hepburn's family home and sifted through thousands of carefully archived photographs and photographed every single one before flying back to the Britain to select and create the collection, it's the first time many of the photographs selected have ever been shown in the UK.
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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is at the National Portrait Gallery until October 18, 2015. Tickets are: full price £9
 

National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
  
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Radley London, The Hepburn Bag

 

 

Radley London Hepburn Bag

After the event we was kindly taken to a lovely meal at BB's bakery (look out for tomorrows post) and treated to our very own slice of Audrey inspired goodness. Now I must admit, prior to this event I had my preconceptions about Radley, all I knew about them was there scotty dog mascot and there collections never really caught my eye.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this rose pink Hepburn bag - I say pleasantly, but i'm just trying to sound civil I was bloomin' well impressed. This small leather bag is a classic and timeless little piece of kit that can be worn four ways, either as; a clutch with or without wrist strap, a shoulder bag or cross body bag. It closes with a discrete magnetic popper and inside there are some handy little pockets, which are conveniently iPhone size.  


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The Hepburn bag is £149 and for £20 you can also add your own personalized charm stamped with your initials in silver or gold. 

Radley London Hepburn Bag

 

National Portrait Gallery: Audrey Hepburn, Portraits Of An Icon 

 

National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon


Early Friday morning before the doors opened to the general public, Radley generously invited us to view the new Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Admittedly despite having her portrait grace my bedroom walls as a teenager in the form of a Ikea 'original' canvas - you know the one - I never really knew much about Audrey herself besides the fact shes was a stunning beauty with a soft lust worthy accent to rival Joanna Lumbley's. 

The exhibition runs until October 18th and features a whole assortment of photographs of the late movie star, from her first steps of her earlier dance career right up till her humanitarian work and last appearances as a cover star shot by Steven Meisel in 1991.

• • • • • • •

The exhibition itself is small but is more than enough to catch a glimpse of the icons life and is spread chronologically through three rooms, something that appeals to my inner control freak. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with earlier shots of the stars work rather than being bombarded with images that have been over saturated like her Breakfast at Tiffany's portrait, an image that has unfortunately been ruined for me thanks to my cheesy Ikea knock off. There is a broad mix of photographs; some that we have seen from her modelling and film work and others that have come from the personal archives of Hepburn's sons.

I luckily managed to nab the curators for a quick chat about the exhibition, they spoke about how they flew out to the Hepburn's family home and sifted through thousands of carefully archived photographs and photographed every single one before flying back to the Britain to select and create the collection, it's the first time many of the photographs selected have ever been shown in the UK.
• • • • • • •

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is at the National Portrait Gallery until October 18, 2015. Tickets are: full price £9
 

National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon
  
• • • • • • •

Radley London, The Hepburn Bag

 

 

Radley London Hepburn Bag

After the event we was kindly taken to a lovely meal at BB's bakery (look out for tomorrows post) and treated to our very own slice of Audrey inspired goodness. Now I must admit, prior to this event I had my preconceptions about Radley, all I knew about them was there scotty dog mascot and there collections never really caught my eye.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this rose pink Hepburn bag - I say pleasantly, but i'm just trying to sound civil I was bloomin' well impressed. This small leather bag is a classic and timeless little piece of kit that can be worn four ways, either as; a clutch with or without wrist strap, a shoulder bag or cross body bag. It closes with a discrete magnetic popper and inside there are some handy little pockets, which are conveniently iPhone size.  


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The Hepburn bag is £149 and for £20 you can also add your own personalized charm stamped with your initials in silver or gold. 

Radley London Hepburn Bag

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