Edie Sedgwick, muse to Andy Warhol, American socialite, actress and model was one of America’s first It girls. Her pioneering sense of style – from her blond crop to her black leotards- is still influential today.

Edie Sedgwick was born into a wealthy, established Massachusetts family. Her childhood in California was desperately unhappy due to her dysfunctional family (both her parents suffered from mental illness) and isolated upbringing. Not surprisingly perhaps, Edie developed anorexia as a teenager and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

To escape her oppressive father and to start a career as an artist, Edie eventually moved to Harvard to study art. Open-minded, friendly and easy going, she soon became known for her partying.

In 1965, Edie moved to New York to pursue a career as an artist a model.

Sedgwick took New York by storm. Artists such as Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan were fascinated by her unique style and sense of fashion.With her short blond crop, heavy black eye make-up, her slender figure clad in black tights, leotards and stripy sweaters accessorized with long, dangling earrings, Edie had created a unique look.

She pioneered a style that was all about fun, that was artificial and eclectic at a time when women would still wear ball-gowns to go out. Much has been made of her tumultuous and short-lived creative relationship with Warhol and her slow descend into drug addiction. But at the beginning of the Seventies, Sedgwick had started to turn her life around.

She got married and tried to overcome her addiction to the many pills she’d been addicted to for years. Tragically she died in 1972, aged only 28, of a barbiturate overdose.

Her style still lives on today, a testament to individuality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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