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A timeless tribute to the elegance and humanity of Audrey Hepburn

Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn

In a symphony of elegance and nostalgia, the world has been gifted an ethereal experience that reverently weaves together the tapestry of Audrey Hepburn’s life.

Entitled Intimate Audrey, the exhibit at The Museum at S Maison at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City stands as a living tribute orchestrated by the hands of her own son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, commemorating what would have been the Hollywood icon’s 90th birthday.

Originally launched in her birth town of Brussels, Belgium, the exhibition made a stop in her home country of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) where she spent the war year. The exhibition includes over 800 photographs, memorabilia, dresses and accessories, as well as her never before seen fashion drawings and humanitarian writings. A series of poignant videos bring each of its chapter to life.

Within these hallowed halls of The Museum, an arresting array of memorabilia glimmers, each artifact whispering tales of Audrey’s radiant presence. But it is the dresses, those timeless garments that once graced her graceful form, that stand as testaments to her unparalleled elegance. Accessories, meticulously curated, tell tales of a life lived with refined flair.

Yet, in this symphony of heritage, the crescendo of revelation comes in her hitherto concealed fashion sketches and humanitarian prose. These fragments of her soul, unfurled in ink and sentiment, cast a vivid light on the depths of her passions and convictions. Videos, poignant vignettes of her life, thread seamlessly through the exhibition, breathing life into each chapter, invoking her spirit to wander once again among us.

Part of the Intimate Audrey experience in Manila and a unique addition to the execution that was last on display in Amsterdam, is an exclusive tribute called Audrety: An Homage from Filipino Fashion.

This section highlights the works of some of the Philippines’ most celebrated designers and how each one of them took inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s films to documentation of her personal life. It includes works and pieces from Pepito Albert, Ivar Aseron, Vic Barba, Mike Dela Rosa, JC Buendia, Len Cabili, Auggie Cordero, Rhett Eala, Jun Escario, Ben Farrales, Cesar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Jojie Lloren, Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, Frederick Peralta, Puey Quiñones, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Philip Rodriguez, Cary Santiago and National Artists Salvacion Lim-Higgins and Ramon Valera.

Sean, the curator of Audrey’s legacy, graces the vernissage in Manila alongside her granddaughter, Emma Hepburn Ferrer. FashX, a fashion trade and licensing company in the Philippines, has partnered with the country’s leading retail chain SM Supermalls, to hold this first-in-Asia exhibition of Intimate Audrey running until October 29.

Exhibition tickets are available online via SM Tickets and at all SM Ticket offline locations such as SM Department Stores and SM Cinemas. Exhibition access is priced at P850.00 with a special rate of P450.00 for students, senior citizens, PWDs, national athletes, and medal of valor awardees, and allows access to the 730 square meter space for one hour and a half per visit.

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