Who was Edie Sedgwick, really?
A fashion icon of her time, the ultimate it girl, and yet, some say the saddest girl. Blinded by success gained over not much but being Andy Warhol’s muse, an attempt and failure to start a proper career away from Warhol’s Factory led her to an early destruction, fuelled by drug abuse and desperation. What she left behind was a short success as a superstar girl that wasn’t all that glamorous within.
“She was rich, glamorous, beautiful, and she was instantly adored. Edie was the First Lady and Andy’s prime companion, so there was an on-going struggle for her favor and attention… a rivalry for her affection. She was the greatest of the superstars.” — Danny Fields, Factory regular and seminal figure in the early New York Punk scene
Edie Sedgwick quickly became an icon of underground 60s fashion, and a big inspiration for today’s revival. Her signature outfit consisted of black tights and baggy shirt combo, at times coupled up with a leopard fur. The heavy eye makeup and huge earrings were also typical of the it girl, who later on explained them as a measure to cover up her lack of self-confidence.
Channel Your Inner Edie
Edie Sedgwick story is a very sad one, but the mark she left on fashion, both in the present and in the future, is unforgettable. To celebrate her life and her passion for all things underground fashion, here is a guide on how to recreate her iconic look.