“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
Audrey Hepburn’s lasting impact on the world of fashion and film cannot be overstated. with her signature style of oversized sunglasses, a micro fringe and bold eyebrows, Hepburn is universally recognisable.
But there’s more to the five-time Academy Award-winning actress than most know. For those interested in learning more about one of pop culture’s most revered women, her story is chronicled in the latest biography by bestselling author and fashion illustrator Megan Hess.
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In Audrey Hepburn: The illustrated world of a fashion iconHess charts Hepburn’s incredible life, from her youth in Nazi-occupied Holland and escaping as a young ballerina, to the incredible career she built for herself starring in iconic roles as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
One feature of Hepburn’s life that Hess focuses on is the star’s holistic involvement in the inspiration and design of the incredible dresses and costumes she wore. Hepburn’s unforgettable performance as Princess Anne Roman holidays everyone dreamed of being romantically whisked away on a Vespa to Rome. But what made her character even more memorable was the full skirt, button-up shirt and striped scarf that became synonymous with the film.
another one emblematic fashion moments that appear in the book include the unforgettable collaboration between Hepburn and the designer Hubert de Givenchy, who designed the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s floor length dress and glove set, and the stunning white embroidered sleeveless dress. Sabrina.
Hess takes Hepburn’s life story a step further and shares the intimate nature of her humanitarian work from the 1970s until her passing in 1993. Hepburn worked with UNICEF as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and her work earned her United States Presidential Medal of Freedom. .
Hess’ fashion illustrations feature classic black-and-white sketch shapes that are overlaid with textures, metallics, and distinctive colors for each book. Hess’ previous works include biographies on Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly and Christian Dior, as well as explorations of the elegant fashions of the 1950s and 1960s in books such as The illustrated world of haute couture e Iconic: The masters of Italian fashion. Hess has also illustrated for Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and is a top ten Australian author.
While detailed in its narrative, the biography is also an impressive work of art. Hess’s stylistic choices of having double-page illustrations and quotes from Hepburn create a book that is not only a wonderful read, but the perfect gift for the fashion-obsessed friend or family member in your life.
You can get your own copy Audrey Hepburn: The illustrated world of a fashion icon here.