Swinging Icons


On this day 30 years ago one of music’s biggest legends, John Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York. I may not know much about music but fashion I do, so in Mr. Lennon’s honour I am dedicating todays post to the iconic fashion figures of the swinging sixties.

One name certainly sums up the era and that is Jackie O. At the time she was better known as the first lady or Mrs. Kennedy or one of the best dressed ladies of the decade. Jackie O made oversized sunglasses, cropped trousers & three-quarter length sleeves her signature style. Being only in her 30’s while her husband was President of the United States, Jackie enjoyed fashion and quickly became a fashion icon for her peers. It was her love of the Pill Box shaped hat which brought Halston (then Milliner) to the fore front of fashion. And who can forget the stunning pink wool Chanel suit she wore on a trip to Dallas. The First Lady had been told that the weather would be cold, so she chose the wool suit. How wrong could she have been as the sun belted down. But like any fashionista would she kept the whole outfit together, never taking off her Pill Box hat!

“My look is attainable. Woman can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses,” the famous words of a very famous fashion legend. Audrey Hepburn appears on every fashion icon list and for very good reason. Thanks to her role in the 1961 movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it has become a cult movie and she is responsible for making the LBD an iconic figure in its own right. But Hepburn wasn’t just  loved by followers of style she was also the muse of designer Hubert Givenchy. The French designer first dressed Hepburn in her role in Funny Face. The designer had been told that a Miss Hepburn would be visiting his studio, mistakenly he thought Katherine Hepburn would be arriving and was quite shocked when the tall, waif like actress turned up. “”My first impression was of some extremely delicate animal. She had such beautiful eyes, and she was thin…” Despite the mistake, the two became an inseparable fashion force.

From the simple, elegant cuts of the early sixties we move to the most tragic of the decades fashion icons, Edie Sedgwick. Muse of Andy Warhol, the big eyed socialite made the mod look desirable. The mini shift dress and opaque tights became Sedgwick’s signature style. Her twiggy styled hair and large earrings became a trend followed by many. While so many girls wanted to be her, it seamed she wanted to be as far away from herself as possible. At the tender age of 28 Sedgwick died of an accidental overdose. To this day she is remembered as a style icon.