Saturday, October 16, 2010

*Vintage Dames: Edie Sedgwick*

I personally CANNOT even begin to speak about fashion icons before mentioning the late Edith Minturn Sedgwick (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971) better known as ‘Edie Sedgwick!  Edie was an actress, socialite, model, and heiress along with being one of the first “IT” girls in America.  She was a ‘muse’ of Andy Warhol’s in the late 60’s after staring in several of his short films.
            She met Warhol in 1965 and became a regular at The Factory where he filmed all his short films.  The most popular of them ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’ was filmed in Edie’s New York Apartment. Although Warhol's films were not commercially successful and rarely seen outside The Factory, as Sedgwick's popularity grew, mainstream media outlets began reporting on her appearances in Warhol's underground films and her unusual fashion sense, which consisted of black leotards (did lady Gaga take notes?), mini dresses, and large chandelier earrings. Sedgwick also cut her hair short and colored her naturally brown hair with silver spray, creating a similar look to the wigs Warhol wore. Warhol christened her his "Superstar" and both were photographed together at various social outings.

Andy Warhol: I wonder if people are going to remember us?
Edie Sedgwick: What, when we're dead?
Andy Warhol: Yeah.
Edie Sedgwick: Well I think people will talk about how you changed the world.
Andy Warhol: I wonder what they'll say about you... in your obituary. I like that word.
Edie Sedgwick: Nothing nice, I don't think.
Andy Warhol: No no, come on. They'd say, "Edith Minturn Sedgwick: beautiful artist and actress...
Edie Sedgwick: ...and all around loon.
Andy Warhol: ...Remembered for setting the world on fire...
Edie Sedgwick: ...and escaping the clutches of her terrifying family...
Andy Warhol: ...Made friends with eeeeverybody, and anybody...
Edie Sedgwick: ...creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind.
Edie Sedgwick: That's nice, isn't it?

Carefree and beautiful...  Absolutely a Vintage Dame...

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