13 August 2014 by

Audrey Hepburn's Granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, Makes Her Fashion Debut

Audrey Hepburn and Emma Ferrer [Rex and Harper's Bazaar]

You might not have heard of US Harper's Bazaar's new cover star, Emma Ferrer. But there is no mistaking her Hollywood connections in this Audrey Hepburn themed cover shoot. Yep that's right, that almond-eyed beauty in the Lanvin gown is the granddaughter of the one and only Audrey Hepburn.

Emma is the daughter of Sean Hepburn Ferrier - Audrey's first child with her first husband, American actor Mel Ferrer. Emma - who was born in 1993, the year after Audrey died - has stayed out of the spotlight until now. She spent much of her childhood in Audrey's country house in Switzerland and grew up in Los Angeles. She is now an art student in her third year at Florence Academy of Art and is planning on moving to New York to continue her studies.

Audrey Hepburn and Emma Ferrer [Rex and Harper's Bazaar]

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In the shoot Emma recreates classic Audrey Hepburn looks and poses -  yes, she even wears the black turtleneck. She is photographed for Harper's by Michael Avedon, the grandson of Richard Avedon who famously photographed Audrey and considered her his muse. Now here's a good fact for you: Dick Avery in Funny Face is based on Richard Avedon. 

Audrey Hepburn and Emma Ferrer [Rex and Harper's Bazaar]

In the interview Emma watches her grandmother in Sabrina with writer Pamela Fiori. She says that she hasn't seen all of the Hepburn films. “When I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, I enjoyed it the same way any young girl would,” she said. "I've seen My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday, but I suppose my favourite is Funny Face."

As for her relationship with Audrey she comments "As a child I couldn't really relate to Audrey Hepburn, the actress. To me, she was family. I can live with her through my father. His stories are all about his growing up."

Audrey Hepburn and Emma Ferrer [Rex and Harper's Bazaar]

“The first images I have of her are, interestingly enough, when she was quite young," she adds. "I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline—I believe this was before I understood that she was famous. But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had.”

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Being Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter means you have access to the Audrey archives [fist in mouth]. She revealed that she has: "[Hepburn’s] cashmere turtlenecks, which I adore and wear all throughout the winter . . . And a white antique stuffed teddy bear.”

Audrey Hepburn and Emma Ferrer [Rex and Harper's Bazaar]

Emma does of course have the Hepburn look, with arched eyebrows, her balletic posture and almond eyes. She sees the similarities too, as she sent her interviewer Pamela an email after the interview which read: "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. Sometimes when I was younger, I felt confused toward what having a grandmother like her could mean in my life. But I am now understanding."

Read the full interview on Harper's Bazaar here


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