FASHION HISTORY: Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter Emma Ferrer is photographed by Richard Avedon’s grandson Michael Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar September 2014…
Emma Ferrer, the granddaughter of style icon, humanitarian and legendary Belgian-British actress, Audrey Hepburn, has been photographed for the latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar, in the illustrious September 2014 issue.
In the photos, the art student and former ballet dancer, aged 20, replicates some of her grandmother’s famous poses.
The photographer is Michael Avedon, 23, the grandson of acclaimed photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004), who shot Audrey many times and considered her his muse. Michael is the son of John Avedon, a writer.
The original and her granddaughter: Audrey and Emma, as “Jo Stockton” from Funny Face.
The professional relationship between Audrey and Richard Avedon was made into a fictional, romantic story through the 1957 film, Funny Face, starring Fred Astaire as a fashion photographer known as Dick Avery.
Incidentally, Kay Thompson’s character of Maggie Prescott was based on Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow.
Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face
The American musical film, set in New York and Paris, was directed by Stanley Donen, and contained assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire – Funny Face by Richard Avedon
Avedon provided some of the photographs for the film, including its most famous image: an intentionally overexposed close-up of Audrey Hepburn’s face in which only her eyes, her eyebrows, and her mouth are visible.
“I am, and forever will be, devastated by the gift of Audrey Hepburn before my camera. I cannot lift her to greater heights. She is already there. I can only record. I cannot interpret her. There is no going further than who she is. She has achieved in herself her ultimate portrait.”
~ Richard Avedon on Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn and photographer Richard Avedon
Mel Ferrer buttons up his coat around his wife Audrey Hepburn
on a country road outside Paris, 1956.
The American Mel Ferrer was also an actor, as well as a director and producer, who married five times and five children, including Emma’s father, Sean.
Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Audrey Hepburn married twice, firstly Mel Ferrer and secondly psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, with whom she had a second son, Luca Dotti, Emma’s uncle.
In her third year of studies at the Florence Academy of Art, Emma was born in 1994, a year after her grandmother died in 1993.
“I knew her image, of course, and that I happened to be, by pure chance, related to her. But as a child I couldn’t really relate to Audrey Hepburn, the actress. To me, she was family.”
~ Emma Ferrer on her grandmother, Audrey Hepburn
See all the photos from the photoshoot, as well as some of extra ones of Audrey Hepburn, here:
Books about Audrey Hepburn:
- Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
- Audrey in Rome by Luca Dotti, Ludovica Damiani and Sciascia Gambaccini
- Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh
- So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step by Cindy De La Hoz
- How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern
- How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy
Books about Richard Avedon:
- Avedon Fashion 1944-2000
- Woman in the Mirror
- An Autobiography Richard Avedon
- Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004
- Performance: Richard Avedon
- Avedon: Women
- Richard Avedon Portraits
- American Masters – Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
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