16 May 2010

BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED



"One person in the sixties fascinated me more than anybody I had ever known. And the fascination I experienced was probably very close to a certain kind of love." - Andy Warhol



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When I was about seventeen, I was completely smitten with Edie Sedgwick. I still am, but I was more then. She seemed to me everything the person I wanted to become (except the destructive and tragic drug dependency of course, and now I realise, a few other traits as well.) Fickle, daring, beautiful, in one thousand places at once but always surrounded by wonderful and interesting people. She was not an actress or a model, but a self-stylised performer... a superstar. She put on her show for free and allowed the world to watch and record it. The only part she played was her own.

For a time I tried to emulate Edie stylistically; the enormous chandelier earrings, the uniform of black tights and mini, the heavy eyeliner and pale lips, the beehive (although I never braved the peroxide chop, and for that, I am glad.) I even began doing my own jazz-ballet, which I still do ... I don't think Edie can claim that as solely her own!

But I stopped trying to be a 21st century Sedgwick. Edie was her own, wondrous person, totally unique. And hopefully one day, I will be mine.

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Scans all my own from a wonderful book 'Girl on Fire' by David Weisman. I really wish I'd brought it with me to uni.


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6 comments:

♥Music Fashion Clutter ♥ said...

oh i just came across your blog and i love it! 60's is where i wanna be (if only we could go back in time huh)

we both have twiggy headers - cool

going for a peek at the rest of your blog now x

shona said...

nice post! Ive never seen those photos of her before...she was so beautiful.

Adorngirl said...

I am pretty ashamed to admit, I didn't really know about Edie before the Sienna Miller portrayal. After researching her, I found that she really epitomised style, and It's such a shame about the other extreme to her life.

Alice In Fashionland said...

She is so beautiful! I am very intrigued by her!

CC said...

Fabulosity! Great pictures. :)
Xx

THE NYANZI REPORT said...

Eddie & Andy in one post.
Two unique individuals during the best decade this side of the century.
Well broken down.

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