One of the most famous icons of the 20th century – Audrey Hepburn – will be spotlighted in a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, opening 2 July. The photographic showcase will explore the life (1929-1993) of the actress, philanthropist and fashion icon.

From Hepburn's early years as a chorus girl in London's West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, the exhibit will feature over sixty images including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O'Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Vintage magazine covers, film stills, and incredible archival material will also feature.

 

 

Beauty in every detail: the portraits of Audrey Hepburn will be shown in London's National Portrait Gallery (photo 1)

Photo by Cecil Beaton, 1960

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon opens 2 July at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 18 October