Kelly Golightly recreates photo of Audrey Hepburn in Bougainvillea by Norman Parkinson.

Do you know the iconic photo of Audrey Hepburn and bougainvillea, photographed in Italy in 1955 by Norman Parkinson? It’s one of my all-time favorite photos of Audrey Hepburn and one that I’ve wanted to recreate for our Style Icon Project series for years. I’m happy to say we finally did! Check out the series below…


Style Icon Project: Audrey Hepburn and Bougainvillea

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Audrey Hepburn in Bougainvillea | Kelly Golightly

Here is the original photo of Audrey Hepburn and bougainvillea, in Italy in 1955, by Norman Parkinson. Audrey is wearing a Givenchy dress from the Spring/Summer 1955 collection. Photographed at ‘La Vigna’, Hepburn’s villa outside Rome, Italy, for Glamour magazine, June 23, 1955.

 Kelly Golightly recreates the photo of Audrey Hepburn in Bougainvillea.

While I’m not in Italy, we are so lucky to be blessed with beautiful bougainvillea in Palm Springs.

elly Golightly recreates the photo of Audrey Hepburn in Bougainvillea.

All it really took was locating a similar pink dress like Audrey wears.

 Kelly Golightly recreates the photo of Audrey Hepburn in Bougainvillea.

 Well, that and an incredible photographer.

Kelly Golightly recreates photo of Audrey Hepburn and bougainvillea, Italy, 1955 by Norman Parkinson.

 I’m looking at you, Fred Baby.

Rent the Runway dress

I actually found this dress on Rent the Runway.

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Have you ever used Rent the Runway?

I’ve used Rent the Runway a few times in the past for events — it’s perfect for special occasions like weddings and when you think you’ll only wear a dress once —  but have been giving their Rent the Runway Unlimited program a whirl  (not sponsored, just through my friend Alle).


In case you’re not familiar, you can use their regular program and just rent a dress once (this dress would be $65 to rent one time). Or, you can sign up for Rent the Runway Unlimited, where you pay $99 to $159/month and get to choose 4 dresses (or items) at a time, and then keep swapping them out.

If you love something after you rent it, you also have the option to buy it. For instance, I could now decide to buy this dress for $119, which is 80% off of the original retail price of $595.

Should I do it?

You can find the dress here.

I also love this pink Audrey Hepburn dress  and this pink high-low dress.


If you have a suggestion for a future Style Icon Project, let me know in the comments!


If you are looking to buy the original Audrey Hepburn and bougainvillea photo by Norman Parkinson, check out Iconic Images.

I’ve also seen the photo on Etsy.

I hope you enjoyed this installment of The Style Icon Project and, as always, thank you for reading xo!



 DRESS: Shoshanna Coralie dress via Rent the Runway | SHOES: Kate Spade

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a size 0, which fit perfectly (I’m normally a 2 so would size down one size).

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