It has been said that none of the classic Hollywood crowd resonates with this generation of young people as much as the forever captivating, Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery, and co-curator, Terence Pepper has remarked on the younger crowd of fans traipsing in to get a more intimate look at their idol. Photographs in the exhibit show the many faces of this talented and generous starlet, by the likes of Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and Terry O’Neill. According to Pepper, the fascination boils down to this: “It’s the fashion, the haircut — and her self-deprecation. Some of her films aren’t that good, but her performance in every one is worth watching, because her persona comes through.”
Not many people know that Hepburn is on a short list of professionals who can call themselves EGOTs. The term describes the very few individuals (allegedly only 14 recorded thus far) who have managed to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. Some may find her Grammy win surprising and indeed, perhaps it is due to the infamous fact of her singing voice being dubbed in My Fair Lady for being too weak. Her award was given posthumously for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 1994, for Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales, which featured readings of some of her favourite fairytales.
Her persona and her unfussy, yet chic style set her apart from her contemporaries, the Marilyns, Vivien Leighs and Twiggys of the world. According to her son, Hepburn never wore watches because she disliked the cold, weightiness on her skin. Her gem of choice was the pearl due to its simplicity and warmth.
One thing that is widely acknowledged about Hepburn is her incredible generosity of spirit. From political activism during World War II as a teen helping the Dutch resistance, to her partnership with UNICEF as an adult, Hepburn always maintained that, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”With the Royal Choker, inspired by Hepburn’s Holly Golightly character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you’ll look like you’ve just stepped straight out of this charming film. For an Audrey Hepburn inspired day look, why not spoil yourself with a pair of Sparkling Pearl Earrings? Classic and elegant, like Hepburn herself, the earrings feature a beautiful pearl with a dazzling white gem dangling below.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will be in London until 18th October 2015.