Jan 9, 2011

Beauty Through the Decades: 60's

The "Swinging Sixties" was a great step forward to women's freedom. The athmosphere and sounds of Rock'n'Roll conquered hearts of people from almost all over the world. Dresses and skirts became shorter, costumes - more clinging, hairstyle - voluminous,  everything around - more colourful. Freedom of Love, Psychedelic experiences, drugs, music, Woodstock, The Beatles, Elvis, The Rollins Stones..& Andy Warhol made this era so catchy and unlike others.
In the 1960s women were once again moving out of the domestic sphere and into the workplace, pursuing careers as well as an education. As a result, in the early to mid-1960s women reacted against the time-consuming, complex hairstyles of the '50s and opted for more practical short styles (often variations of the 1920s bob), or long, straight hair. There was only one makeup look throughout the 1960s: dark eyes paired with pale lips (or, by the late '60s, no makeup at all).
60s Air Hostesses
Briggite Bardot & Serge Gainsburg in "Comic Strip" video. [Paris]
Eddie Sedgwick was an American actress, socialite, model and heiress. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars. Sedgwick became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Andy Warhol's short films, in the 1960s. Dubbed an "It Girl", Vogue magazine also named her a "Youthquaker". - [New York]
 Anita Pallenberg is an Italian-born actress, model, and fashion designer. She was dating with guitarist Keith Richards of Rolling Stones  from 1967 to 1979. [Rome]
 Marianne Faithfull is an award winning English singer, songwriter and actress. From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly-publicised romantic relationship with Rolling Stones' lead singer, Mick Jagger. She co-wrote "Sister Morphine" which is featured on their Sticky Fingers album. [London]
 Veruschka von Lehndorff  is a German model, actress, and artist who was popular during the 1960s. Often known simply as Veruschka or Veruschka von Lehndorff, she is a daughter of Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort, a member of the German Resistance.
 Twiggy is a famous English model, actress, and singer, now also known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson. At 16, she became the first prominent teenage model. She was known for her androgynous looks, large eyes, long eyelashes, and thin build.
 Catherine Deneuve is a French actress. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof and mysterious beauties in films such as Repulsion (1965) and Belle de jour (1967)
 Faye Dunaway is an American actress popular for playing a role in  Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Claudia Cardinale is a Francophone Italian Tunisian actress. She had starring roles in Cartouche in 1962, (1963), The Professionals (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and The Pink Panther (1963); the majority of Cardinale's films have been either Italian or French.
 Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru . She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou.
 Jean Seberg was an American arctress who played a famous role of Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard's film "À bout de souffle".
Jean Shrimpton is an English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels. She appeared on covers such as Vogue Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time magazines. She starred alongside Paul Jones in the 1967 film Privilege. [London]
 Elizabeth Taylor is an English-American actress. She is known for her acting talent and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden age.[London]
 Mia Farrow is an American actress, singer, and former fashion model. [Los-Angeles]
 Pattie Boyd is an English model and photographer, and the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. It has been suggested that she was the inspiration for love songs written by both musicians, Harrison's "Something," "I Need You" and "Isn't It a Pity," and Clapton's "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight" and "Bell Bottom Blues." [Somerset]
 Sharon Tate is an American actress and model who also was a wife of a famous film director - Roman Polanski. Tate was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home at the age of 26, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson.
  Nico was a German singer, composer, fashion model, actress, and Warhol Superstar. She is known for both her vocal collaboration on The Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. She also had roles in several films, including a cameo in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966), as herself. She was related to Hermann Päffgen, who founded the Päffgen brewery in 1883 in Cologne.
 Priscilla Presley is an American actress and businesswoman. She is the ex-wife of entertainer Elvis Presley, and the mother of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley.
 Jane Birkin is an English-born actress and singer who lives in France. She is best known as the muse of Serge Gainsbourg who wrote several of her albums, and for her work on screen collaborating with such directors as Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda and Jacques Doillon. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma.
 Jacqueline Kennedy was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. She was later married to Aristotle Onassis.
 Marina Vladi is a French actress. She won the Best Actress Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival for The Conjugal Bed. She was married to Russian poet and song-writer Vladimir Vysotsky from 1969 until his death in 1980.
 Marie Laforêt  is a French singer and actress. Her career began accidentally in 1959 when she replaced her sister at the last minute in a French radio talent contest Naissance d'une étoile (birth of a star) and won. Director Louis Malle then cast the young starlet in the film he was shooting at the time, Liberté, a project he finally abandoned, making Laforêt's first appearance on screen opposite actor Alain Delon in René Clément's 1960 drama Plein Soleil.
 Romy Schneider was a German film actress who was born in Austria and also held French citizenship. A wife of Alain Delon.
P.S. Dear Earthling, if i've forgot somebody beautiful and important of this time period - please do not keep silence! Leave Comments, telling me who should also be in the list. Merci. 


  1. Sharon Tate all the way...

  2. Very good, but wheres the Grace Slick!

  3. Loved all of your choices......especially Marianne Faithfull & Anita Pallenberg!