I`ll begin this post with a confession: I loved the sixties. They were fun, people were looser and their clothes were full of crazy patterns and psychedelic colors. Also, the sixties started with a new fashion revolution: the mini skirt. In 1964, designers like Mary Quant and Andre Courreges introduced the miniskirt and mini dress and as they say, the rest is history. Basically, the sixties were about youth and energy and in the middle of all that was Twiggy, one of the world`s first supermodels.
Twiggy, (Lesley Hornby) was born in Neasden, northwest London, in 1949. Although she didn`t quite fit the pattern, in 1966 she became a model. The thing is, for a model, she was considered a bit short (1.68m) and also had an androgynous figure ( and models back then were curvier). Unintentionally, she started the whole super-thin models trend. However, as she stated several times, she was naturally skinny, she didn`t starve herself for shoots. Between 1966 and 1967 she was featured in magazines like Vogue or Elle, in France, UK and US. Also, she was the first model to design her own range of clothing, Twiggy Dresses. She retired in 1970, to focus on singing and acting.
Why do I like her so much? I think it has something to do with her big-eyed innocence look.The fact is, back then she was something else. When you think about her, you remember her crop and long-lashed eyes. You remember her modeling baby doll dresses and pale tights.
If you want to find out more about her, here are some recommendations:
- Twiggy: A life in Photographs, by Terence Pepper, Robin Muir, Melvin Sokolsky
- Twiggy in Black and White: An Autobiography by Twiggy Lawson and Penelope Dening