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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Audrey, Shopping in Rome

Yes, that's Audrey Hepburn, maybe at her skinniest, which is saying something, and in era bellbottoms, and sporting the oversize sunglasses that would again be in style in 2012.  Accompanied, we were told, by her grandson.  It's 1972, and they're in Piazza Fiume, in front of the famed and architecturally significant (still extant and newly remodeled - and - the subject of an earlier post) department store, la Rinascente.  We saw the photo for the first time just months ago, when we were in an underground bookstore (accessed by the stairs beyond Audrey).  When we admired the photo, the proprietor insisted on printing us a copy.  (It's a good bookstore, btw, and has Roman ruins within it.)

As RST regulars know, Audrey is iconic in Rome and environs. 

Here (and now), she's selling a purse (E25, about $33)

And here, her image is used to market beauty services in the
upscale Trieste quartiere.  (A permanent is
E60, or about $90).

With the photo in hand, we reenacted the Audrey shopping scene, with Dianne as Audrey and minus the sullen teen. 



Richard Peterson said...


goowai.adele said...

1972, years passed by and La Rinascente (Piazza Fiume) is still standing in Rome. I'm just wondering if cafes and restaurants near Piazzas before cater tourists over price like nowadays? :)