Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Past exhibition archive
2 July - 18 October 2015

This fascinating photographic exhibition illustrated the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon celebrated one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.


Supported by Midge and Simon Palley

With support from the Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation and the Audrey Hepburn Exhibition Supporters Group

Organised with support from the Audrey Hepburn Estate / Luca Dotti & Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Douglas Kirkland for How to Steal a Million, 1966.

Audio: Interview

Audrey Hepburn's youngest son Luca Dotti speaks about his collaboration with the Gallery and memories of his mother.


Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

This collection of over 145 portraits and supporting images explored the iconography of Audrey Hepburn, one of the world's most photographed people – an international film star whose image is as familiar now as it was during her lifetime. With an essay by Helen Trompeteler, Associate Curator of Photographs, and a chronology by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Advisor on Photographs, both at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Published 2 July 2015
192 pages, 145 illustrations

Catalogue cover


The National Portrait Gallery would like to thank Audrey Hepburn’s sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, who granted extensive research access to their family archive and lent generously to this exhibition. The brothers continue their mother’s legacy by supporting charities that promote the welfare of children. We are pleased to take this opportunity to share information on two charities important to them:

Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund

Audrey Hepburn Society at UNICEF