Sadly we haven’t seen enough of Edie Sedgwick’s style because her life was so short, but it was impactful enough to make Andy Warhol call her his Superstar and Vogue to announce her as the firs “It” girl ever.
Her appearances in Warhol’s films “The Factory”, have been powerful enough to generate coverage by mainstream media and all of this attributes to Edie Sedgwick’s unique and unusual style.
Of course the 60s represented a time where fashion started to be innovative and reflect a dramatic change in trends. Until the 50s style was quite conservative and traditional (disregarding the 20s which were also whimsical and unusual). It was in the 60s that that designers and celebrities started to experiment with personal style. Mini skirts were introduced in the 60s. There was a big shift in aesthetic taste for the female form: while in the 50s the most attractive women were curvy and elegant, in the 60s, the appearances of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick marked a desire for a sleek and petite silhouette.
Edie was not afraid to take big risks in her style and this is what paid off in her image as a celebrity: she cut her hair short and dyed it grey to look like Andy Warhol; she wore tights instead of pants and had a signature makeup that made her look like a Lioness. She wore mini dresses and stripes and was probably the first person that made layering clothes fashionable. She also mixed different prints together. With her petite figure every statement piece that she wore appeared bigger than life.
Before Edie Sedgwick too much value was placed in the “woman” herself and her arrival made the actual clothes and accessories became more important than the person that was wearing them. Fashion success was attributed to those who took risks and weren’t afraid to expose an eclectic fashion style. Petite women with big attitudes towards fashion was the new sexy and Edie Sedgwick was the goddess for that.
Here are some of our favourite Edie Sedgwick looks: