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18 Style Icons of the 1960s

The swinging sixties brought us a whole array of style icons, from the world’s first supermodels Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, to super-cool it-girls like Edie Sedgwick and Anita Pallenberg. See the list of the best dressers of the 1960s below. Which one’s your favorite?

1. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was stylish in every decade, but with the release of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961 and My Fair Lady in 1964, the 1960s were when she became a real star. Off-camera, she made drainpipe jeans a style staple, and rocked a bold pixie haircut.

2. Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot was the original French sex kitten and a blonde bombshell, making bikinis the swimwear style to be seen in, and a messy, piled-high up-do the hair-do of choice.

3. Catherine Denueve

Catherine Denueve

Another chic french dresser, Catherine Deneuve shot to fame in the 1960s, marrying fashion photographer David Bailey and becoming the muse to Yves Saint Laurent, who created her wardrobe for Belle de Jour.

4. Cher

Cher

Cher’s dress sense might veer on the outlandish side now, but back in the 1960s she was a certified style icon, with her blunt bangs, kohl-rimmed eyes and love of prints and mod trousers.

5. Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick

The original ‘it girl’ Edie Sedgwick inspired Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol, and was the toast of the New York art scene with her bouffant blonde hair, vintage chandelier earrings and by wearing nothing but a leotard and tights.

6. Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the original fashionable First Lady. Jackie’s prim skirt suits, pillbox hats, dark glasses, chic string of pearls and preppy style made her the style inspiration for women across America.

7. Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin came to fame in the 1960s after starring in fashion flick Blow Up. With her gap-teeth and quirky French-meets-British dress sense, the singer and actress charmed Serge Gainsbourg and James Bond composer John Barry.

8. Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda worked the space-age look in the film Barbarella, and had a classic, all-American-girl look off camera.

9. Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton

Dubbed the world’s first supermodel, The “Shrimp” went from middle-class schoolgirl to one of the most famous faces of the 1960s, famed for her relationship with bad boy photographer David Bailey.

10. Julie Christie

Julie Christie

The beautiful and effortlessly stylish Julie Christie starred in two of the most iconic films of the decade – Darling and Dr Zhivago. We adored her swing coats, Mary Jane shoes and romantic dresses in Dr Zhivago.

11. Mary Quant

Mary Quant

Called the ‘High Priestess of Sixties Fashion’, Mary Quant invented all the iconic fashion styles of the decade – the mini-skirt, colored and patterned tights, bright make-up, and hotpants – making her a true fashion legend. Her shop Bazaar on the King’s Road in London was the place to shop.

12. Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow

From her cute pixie crop to her eclectic, gamine style (and a love of shift dresses, colored tights and flats), Mia Farrow was always playful with her fashion choices. She worked the Peter Pan collar before just about every else in the fashion universe.

13. Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Classic beauty Natalie Wood went ladylike in her earlier career, then made the effortless transition to sixties chic in the 1960s, wearing eye-popping prints and bold lashes.

14. Paulene Stone

Paulene Stone

Although she’s not as well known as Twiggy, top model Paulene Stone was a Vogue cover girl and the face of ‘Swinging London’.

15. Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

Pin-up Raquel Welch may be best-known for her fur bikini in One Million Years B.C, but off screen she worked a more glamorous look, with pantsuits, Pucci prints, and sex kitten hair.

16. Tippi Hedren

 

Tippi Hedren

Hitchcock heroine Tippi Hedren was a cool, patrician blonde with a ladylike wardrobe, effortlessly poised, even when running screaming from a flock of wild birds.

17. Twiggy

Twiggy

I couldn’t not mention Twiggy. The teenage supermodel became a worldwide phenomenon for her androgynous look, with a short haircut, gamine limbs and bold eyelashes she painted on herself.

18. Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress

One of the most iconic movie moments of all time (certainly the most memorable swimsuit moments ever) was Ursula Andress’ role in the 1961 Bond movie, Dr No. Stepping out of the Caribbean sea and into the fantasies of the world over, that knife belt was the perfect finishing touch.

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