Saturday, September 24, 2011

Edie Sedgwick in Color

On page 300 of Edie: An American Biography, which I memorized in the mid 1980s, there is a tantalizing photo of Edie in Vogue magazine.

The caption gives only the date, March 15, 1966, and the picture credits list Gianni Penati as the photographer. 

I can't tell you how many times I absorbed that black-and-white photo, imagining what the clothes would be like, assuming that they were black and white as well.

This summer I received the technicolour shock of my life when I saw this image:

It's that shoot, in colour.

At first I was dubious, thinking that it might be Sienna Miller in Factory Girl, but as I took a closer look, realized that it's Edie, in glorious colour. 

And what colour!  Ultra Violet bodysuit by Venus! (A dig at Warhol's superstar, perhaps?)   Acid yellow stockings with crimson flowers by Givenchy!  A deep-pink hairband (I had always thought that the band was Edie's own hair, wrapped).

I wonder whether there are any others shots from this shoot . . . I would love to see the top image, the one from the book, in colour.


WendyB said...

I just saw this a few weeks ago too!

K.Line said...

What an awesome find!

Belle de Ville said...

God she was gorgeous.
Why couldn't she have married a nice guy from Wall Street and settled down to a comfortable life on the upper East Side?

Susan Tiner said...

The stockings are fantastic. I take it loved the book, was it because of the fashion photos and ideas or because her life is interesting to read about?