On May 4, 1929, Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium; today, she would have been 87 years old. When she took Hollywood by storm in 1953 with her starring role in Roman Holiday, audiences were immediately captivated. She was not a traditional bombshell, but her arresting features, waifish figure, and sophisticated persona gave her an air of mystery, and an entirely unique allure.
Long-time Hepburn fans remember the actress for her work in film favorites such as Sabrina, Charade, How to Steal a Million, and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now, posters of Hepburn in sunglasses and a little black dress adorn countless apartment walls, as a new generation celebrates the eternal fashion icon. Her role as Hubert de Givenchy’s muse is well-known, but she also inspired one of the greatest fashion photographers of the mid-twentieth century: Richard Avedon. The two collaborated for over twenty years on fashion shoots that are engrained in our collective memory, most notably for Harper’s Bazaar. The magazine’s boundary-pushing fashion photography came from the innovative leadership of Editor-in-Chief Carmel Snow, Fashion Editor Diana Vreeland, Art Director Alexey Brodovitch, and Avedon as photographer.
Harper's Bazaar Magazine, April 1956
Gift of Susan Haynsworth