Harper’s Bazaar magazine has found a creative way to pay tribute to two of the ultimate fashion icons — Audrey Hepburn, the enchanting actress who has been at the top of every Best-Dressed list ever assembled, and Richard Avedon, the fashion photographer who took so many of her most iconic images.
They were great friends; she was a kind of muse for him. Their relationship even became the basis — albeit a highly fictionalized basis — for the movie Funny Face, in which she starred. The character based on Avedon, a fashion photographer named Dick Avery — would be played by Fred Astaire. Avedon would be the consultant for the film.
Celebrating these two ultras, Harper’s Bazaar has created a photo shoot starring Audrey Hepburn’s lovely granddaughter, 20-year Emma Ferrer; it was shot by Avedon’s 23-year old grandson Michael Avedon. The clothes for the shoot were chosen to echo some of Hepburn’s outfits (a black turtleneck and skinny pants are almost dead ringers for the outfit worn by Hepburn when she dances in Funny Face), but none are exact copies. And a shot of Emma Ferrer’s long throat evokes images of her grandmother’s famous “swan neck.”
In the accompanying article, the model discusses her storied grandmother, whom she never met — Audrey Hepburn died in 1993, the year before Ferrer’s birth.
“When I watched Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, I enjoyed it the same way any young girl would.” Sabrina struck her differently: “It had been a while since I’d seen one of her films, and the feeling was indeed magical. Somehow, seeing her in her youth and brilliance reminded me that I do, in fact, carry her spirit along with me.”
Her father, Sean Ferrer, is Hepburn’s oldest son, from her marriage to Mel Ferrer.