Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Who doesn’t love Audrey? Her beauty and unique style have been captured in many photographs throughout her lifetime. More than seventy photographs were brought together for the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery dedicated to the icon, along with magazine covers and film stills.

I’ve put together my own collection here of my favourite images from the exhibition, as well as some more that I’ve discovered whilst putting this post together.

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Coyly glancing at the camera in a Givenchy dress; Audrey by Norman Parkinson, 1955

I know it’s been used time and time again, but I’ll never get enough of the above photograph by Norman Parkinson – especially the colours.

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Audrey Hepburn at London’s Kew Gardens by Bert Hardy. May 13, 1950.

Mark Shaw was a noted fashion and portrait photographer, and this collection of Audrey on the set of Sabrina, as well as in her flat, show his indisputable talent – they are just so natural and intimate:

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Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey Hepburn 1954 © 2000 Mark Shaw
Audrey on the set of Sabrina on the Paramount lot, 1953/4, by Mark Shaw.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.
Audrey in the apartment in Beverly Hills she rented while filming Sabrina. By Mark Shaw, 1953.

“Audrey is the most intriguingly childish, adult, feminine tomboy I have ever photographed; she is many women wrapped up in one.” – Mark Shaw

One of many magazine covers of Audrey – again, I love the pink colours in this image, with the over-the-shoulder pose combining ‘glamour and intrigue’:

Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman. Cover of Life magazine, 18 July 1955.
Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.
A reflective moment before filming Funny Face: Audrey in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.

“Intensity, I suppose, is her particular quality and her particular success. Beauty is combined with an insatiable appetite for life and for work, too.” – Yousuf Karsh

Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern
Cover of French Vogue, May, 1963. Photographed by Bert Stern

And, finally, I adore this photograph of a life-long friendship:

A life long friendship - Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.
Audrey with Hubert de Givenchy, photographed by Victor Skrebneski, 1986.

“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”

Summer Vibes with Romy

Summer seems so far away now so I thought a little throwback would cheer me up. Luckily, before I went back to university, Romy and I had a chance to shoot a few more outfits before the autumn chill set in. I love these pictures – they take me back to the summer and show off my beautiful hometown of Cambridge. See more pictures and outfit details on romydesmarais.com.

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My Barcelona Guide

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My visit to Barcelona in June was my first and I absolutely fell in love with the city. The bustling streets filled with market stalls, boutiques and cute little cafes under the glorious sun captured my heart. Being so close to the beach gives Barcelona extra points – it’s the best of a city break and a sun-bathing holiday.

On our first day, Emily (my constant street style model!) and I wandered the side streets and shops that lead off Las Ramblas. The city is really easy to navigate around and there are plenty of places to stop for a bite as you explore, like Luzia, where we had a wonderful pizza and one of the best gin cocktails I’ve ever had (think rose petals and more)!

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The second and third days involved more exploring. There’s so much to see in this amazing city, including Gaudi’s architecture. We visited Caso Balto, the Sagrada Família and Park Guell, only a few of his amazing works in Barcelona. The Sagrada Família is still being built, with construction having started in 1882, and they predict it will be completed around 2026-2028. Even with the works going on, it is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited. The atmosphere is indescribable with the special stain glass windows projecting coloured light into the church. Park Guell is also a relaxing place to wander and relax, with a great view of the city.

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Our hotel, Hotel Lleo, was a minute’s walk from Las Ramblas and had a lush rooftop pool for us to relax in the boiling sun! Before we left we had a quick look at the food market (check out those hot dog-shaped sweets!) and one last wander to say goodbye to Barcelona!

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All photographs copyright Alannah Messett.

Graduate Fashion Week 2015: Backstage at Nottingham Trent University

At Graduate Fashion Week this year, I also shot backstage at my own university’s show. Models getting their hair and make up done, getting dressed with designers doing last minute fixes, and (obviously) lots of pictures. I absolutely fell in love with photographing backstage – the buzz just before the models walk out is indescribable. Here is a small selection of my favourite backstage photographs – there will be more on my website, coming soon.

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Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Behind The Scenes at Nottingham Trent University's show

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Yeni Park

Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Behind The Scenes at Nottingham Trent University's show in Yeni Park's designs

Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Behind The Scenes at Nottingham Trent University's show in Yeni Park's designs

Samantha Goldsmith

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Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Behind The Scenes at Nottingham Trent University's show in Samantha Goldsmith's designs

Lauren Anderson

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Naomi Kleeli

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Graduate Fashion Week 2015: The University of Northampton Show

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph Graduate Fashion Week 2015 for Press Association Images, held in Truman Brewery in London. It was a busy day, with a four hour coach on the way there from Nottingham to start the day! It was so interesting to walk around and visit the different stalls set up for each University, and checking out all the unique, amazing fashion photography. I was assigned to photograph The University of Northampton’s show. The talent was extraordinary, with styles varying from dark and gothic to bright and electric. Here are some of my favourite shots – enjoy! There will be more on my website, coming soon.

Designer: Rebekka Johnson

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Ashleigh Wise

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The University of Northampton Catwalk - Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Ashleigh Wise