Iconic 60s Girls
Well, I suppose you all noticed by now my fascination about the 1960’s, my own personal favorite decade of the century that passed. I wrote a hub about George Harrison and I also wrote about the hippies and their presence in remote India as they were surely, at least for me, a fascinating cultural phenomenon of the 60s. This hub is dedicated to women; women that came to symbolize those precious to me times.
The iconic women of the 60s were many and the impact of their beauty and style didn’t ever fade away. On the contrary, some of them continue to signify original beauty and they are an influence to the fashion world and to beautiful women that feel like inspiring themselves every now and then. Fashion changes constantly but it recycles big time as well, not to mention that the classic will always be… classic, no matter what how fast the trends are changing. I do feel like dedicating one hub for each of those women but for now I will present in a few words a number of them while having to leave some outside… but that’s life!
I think it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to start with Twiggy, the famous British fashion model, responsible at large extent for the still quite popular “androgynous” style.. As skinny as she could be, something that doesn’t attract all of us truth is, Twiggy was undoubtedly one the world’s first supermodels in an era that the term hadn’t been born yet! She was still only seventeen when she was voted as the British Woman of the Year back in 1966; a full career followed. Photographed by all top fashion photographers of the time, Twiggy became an icon of fashion that projected the times she lived in; she was an essential part of the ‘swinging London”.
Twiggy wasn’t alone in London that liked to swing; she had good company one might say. Also British, Jean Shrimpton was once the “queen of the mini skirt”! She accidentally became the person that fueled the mini skirt frenzy due to a scandal caused in one of her appearances in Australia, scandal caused by the length of her… revealing dress according to the conservative ethics of the time in Australia! Astonishingly pretty and stylish, Shrimpton certainly qualifies as a representative of sixties’ beauty and elegance. In case you’re already thinking of the Xmas gifts for your significant other, let yourself be inspired by her, you won’t lose!
Moving to America now we will now meet Eddie Sedgwick. Once one of Andy Warhol’s muses with whom she didn’t always enjoy a cozy relationship, Eddie had a more or less tragic life as she died at the age of only twenty-eight. She was the ideal representative of the “unisex” style and she still inspires fashion designers all around the world. Cute and sexy, Sedgwick was part of the artistic extravagant company of Andy Warhol just like another sixties beauty, namely Nico.
Originally coming from Germany, Christa Päffgen as “baptized” as Nico and made it to the top of the artistic scene of New York having the privilege to be surrounded by artists like Warhol of course, Lou Reed and many others.... where else other than The Factory? Cold beauty, impressive beauty, big blue eyes; Nico is certainly one of my favorites!
In France they couldn’t have been jealous of all these! Brigitte Bardot was her name and she came to signify femininity and sexiness for the following… centuries! She was the absolute blond; it was on the big screen where her beauty and attractive feminine manners were revealed in all of their charm. The film“And God Created Woman” by Roger Vadim, also her husband for a few years and “Contempt” by Jean-Luc Godard are two films where Bardot’s beauty shined and caused a sensation among the male population of this planet while she made the female population eternally bonded to jealousy! Other French women came to reveal simplicity as a predominant style and choice of beauty during the 60s. Singer and actress Jane Birkin glorified the French cozy, provocative too, style of a girl on a woman’s body.
There were others too. Who can ever forget of Marianne Faithfull? Mick Jagger’s girlfriend was a woman of astonishing beauty; an angel coming from the sky. Or, Anita Pallenberg, also part of the British rock ‘n’ roll scene that drove crazy the youth for a while. In France again I couldn’t fail to mention the singer Françoise Hardy, but it seems to me that this list is endless… I promise thought to return on the subject!