Books

Amazing, alluring, adorable Audrey

Jan 22 – Celebrate the life of Audrey Hepburn on the 20th anniversary of her death with our pick of recent books that profile the fashion and film icon.

The Photobook

Audrey: The 60s by David Wills

Publisher: It Books, November 2012

As a screen star and fashion model, Audrey Hepburn experienced a decade framed by key photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Douglas Kirkland, William Klein, Bob Willoughby, images which are presented here alongside selected quotes from Hepburn as well as her contemporaries.

The Film Guide

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion by Sarah Gristwood

Publisher: Rizzoli, September 2011

Proposed as an accompaniment to the movie that cemented Hepburn’s status as a Hollywood star, with plenty of behind-the-scenes shots, costumes and design drafts, written by journalist Gristwood and with a forward provided by Hubert de Givenchy, designer of that famous little black dress.

The Gift Book

So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step by Cindy De La Hoz

Publisher: Running Press, March 2011

Fancy appropriating some of that timeless Hepburn look, or know someone who might? Author De La Hoz has a neat line in Hollywood makeover tips and here illustrates 59 pieces of style advice with a selection of Hepburn portraits.

The Children’s Book

Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

Publisher: Balzer & Bray, January 2011

Could you believe that, in her childhood, Hepburn was once considered to have undesirable features? Just Being Audrey presents personal qualities—kindness, consideration, confidence—as just as essential to Hepburn’s presence as her physical beauty.

The Cultural Biography

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson

Publisher: Harper Perennial, June 2010

Wasson’s re-telling is presented in such enthralling terms that one has to be reminded of the book’s objective as a historical examination as a new archetypal woman was ushered in by a cultural whirlwind with Hepburn at the center.

The Photo Tribute 

Audrey 100 by Ellen Erwin, November 2010

Selected by Hepburn’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, as part of a collaboration with Audrey Hepburn Children’s Foundation director Ellen Erwin Fontana (which also produced the biography Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit), 100 images from photographers such as Beaton, Kirkland, Norman Parkinson and Philippe Halsman are chosen for their beauty and significance. – AFP-Relaxnews

 

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