Sunday, June 8, 2008

Muse of the Moment (part #1)

Forget Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Agyness Deyn, Irina Lazareanu, Gemma Ward, yeah-you-name-it for a while. I'm bringing you back-to-back 1950's to 1970's style icon.

Nico (October 16, 1938 – July 18, 1988)
Christa Päffgen was a German singer, songwriter, fashion model, actress, keyboard player, and featured on Warhol superstars, best known by her pseudonym Nico.

As a musician, she is remembered for both her time in The Velvet Underground and her solo work.

For over twenty years, Nico was a heroin addict. She died because of a severe cerebral hemorrhage while on holiday with her son in Ibiza, Spain.

Nico has been an influence on many acts. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Patrick Wolf, Bauhaus, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Björk, Coil, Jocelyn Pook, Fabienne Shine (who covered "All Tomorrow's Parties"), Dead Can Dance as well as numerous contemporary goth bands have all cited Nico as a major influence. Two of her songs, "The Fairest of the Seasons" and "These Days", both written by Jackson Browne and taken from Chelsea Girl, are featured in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums.

And one of my favorite singer, Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes has quoted Nico as an influence in particular Desertshore. During 2007 she would start concerts with "Le Petit Chevalier" from that record.

Edie Sedgwick (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971)
Edith Minturn "Edie" Sedgwick was an American actress, socialite, and heiress who starred in several of Andy Warhol's short films in the 1960's.
She died in early age, when she was 28 because of her addiction to alcohol and overdosed barbiturates.

But, she influenced many people as in music, movies, and fashion icon. The Velvet Underground song "Femme Fatale" (on the album The Velvet Underground and Nico) sung by Nico is an ode to Edie.

Sienna Miller played Sedgwick in Factory Girl, a fictionalized film about her life and times, released in December, 2006. The film portrays Warhol as a cynic who leads Edie to psychiatric problems and later death.
Jane Birkin (14 December 1946 – until now)
Jane Mallory Birkin is an English actress, singer and film director. She met Serge Gainsbourg while playing on the set for Slogan as her mentor, and married in 1968. They separated in 1980. Their daughter is actress and singer, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Hermès named and designed a handbag - the Birkin bag - for her in 1984 after the actress was seen in 1981 by the head of Hermès struggling with several bags while boarding an aeroplane.

Their daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg

I do love vintage fo' sho'! Always inspiring me all the time. And how about you?

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