Audrey Hepburn is remembered for her films, her humanitarian work and of course her impeccable sense of style. In honor of what would have been the star’s 90th birthday, her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, decided to celebrate his famous mother with an exhibition chronicling her life through never-before-seen photos and memorabilia. We were able to catch up with Sean to learn more about how Audrey became such a legend.
01 Quote: Sean Hepburn Ferrer
“I think that she found a look. And I am actually working with my daughter who is standing right over there, on a little book about the philosophy of what makes her style still so fresh today, and I think instead of following fashion, she created a look that worked for her, and stuck through it, throughout her life. So if you see a picture in a little coat from the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, it’s the same look. She always used to joke that she looked more like an English gentleman than a woman, and it’s true in a way.”
But it wasn’t only the same look, eventually it was the same clothes.
02 Quote: Sean Hepburn Ferrer
“She had this wardrobe, which with time, and because of the UNICEF work. became less and less. And after she died, a few months I let go by, and I went into her dressing room, and she had beautiful eight closets, double closets, you know one for shoes and clothes. Towards the end of her life, she had really boiled it down, to the absolute minimum.”
Nowadays, celebs wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit twice, so it’s refreshing to see a famous figure who limited her wardrobe to the bare minimum.
03 Quote: Sean Hepburn Ferrer
“I think that for the 50’s, if you consider women couldn’t wear pants, nor vote, to the 70’s, many things, it was quite extraordinary that she could set those trends.”
Hepburn was a trendsetter throughout her life, and her style influence carries on today.
04 Quote: Sean Hepburn Ferrer
“That’s the most extraordinary thing and I would love to sit here and take credit for it, but I can’t. And I started telling this story ten years ago, so I think that this base that I describe, tweens and teens, which represented more than 50%, they are grown up into young adults. And at the time it was very touching, they didn’t know exactly who she was. Some knew the glasses and the coat, others knew the film, the third knew she had been to Africa, but together they had this wonderful kaleidoscopical view of who she was.”
So, why does Sean think his mother’s legacy lives on?
05 Quote: Sean Hepburn Ferrer
“Why is she so beloved still today? And maybe it’s because we perceive her as one of us, rather than one of them… …In a world of Kardashians, she is something real.”