Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roman holidays

For the 50th anniversary of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Rome has dedicated a photography exhibition to a Roman actress, Audrey Kathleen Ruston, also known as…yes…Audrey Hepburn, film and fashion icon of the twentieth century.

Did I say Roman actress? Audrey Hepburn  in fact could be called a Roman citizen since she lived in that city for thirty years, working in Roman holidays, The Nun’s story, War and peace,  but mostly living there a good part of her personal life, in touch with the city and its inhabitants.

Audrey Hepburn Roman Holidays
In the foreground the original Vespa used in the film “Roman holidays”.

After Mel Ferrer, her second husband was Andrea Dotti, a Roman psychiatrist, and they lived there with two sons, Sean Ferrer, born from the first marriage and Luca Dotti, the latter involved in the creation of this show that will help raise money for Unicef projects, a great involvement of the actress who was Unicef Ambassador for many years of her life.

Walking Mr Famous, one of her beloved pets, near Spanish Steps in Rome.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome
Audrey and her elegant mother, baroness Ella van Heemstra, walking in Rome.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome

First screening of  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in Rome at Fiammetta Theatre.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome 

Audrey Hepburn in Rome
Candid images of Audrey and her husband.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome 

Audrey Hepburn in Rome
Always smiling, even to the paparazzi!

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer
Some beautiful accessories and an early image of Audrey at her arrival in Rome
with Mel Ferrer and their son.

“Audrey a Roma” is the title of the exhibition and more than 100 images, most never published, are shown, plus part of her refined wardrobe by Givenchy, Valentino and others. The background is the Rome of the movie “Roman holidays” where she had the first starring role but also the streets for the daily activities of the actress, shopping, visits to museums, gala evenings or simply a walk with her mother, her husband, friends or her sons.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome
Audrey and her first son, Sean, after shopping at La Rinascente department store.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome
Sean Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti in a family outing.

Audrey Hepburn
With her husband at a game.

Audrey Hepburn in Rome


Elegance, discretion, simplicity, kindness, in one word “style”.

Images from the archives of Reporters Associati, Photomasi, Istituto Luce and Kobal Collection.

©2011 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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peggy braswell said...

ahhh AH, I adored seeing these images. What a grand post.

hardydanielle said...

great photos!!Love it!!

Marcus Design said...

She truly was one of the most elegant women to walk this earth, not many can compare!!
Nancy xo

mary said...

Audrey Hepburn--always my inspiration.

Peppa said...

How timely ! As it happens I am in the middle of reading Sam Wasson's book 'Fifth Avenue, 5a.m.' about the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's and how Audrey and her famous 'LBD' became a cultural touchstone and gave rise to a new modern woman. Wonderful reading and lots of good
Old Hollywood tales too!

Dovecote Decor said...

She was the great lady of acting. I could watch her in movies every single day. Now I have to plot my way to Rome!

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