The 2006 biopic Factory Girl tells the story of socialite and muse Edie Sedgwick. Sienna Miller takes on the role of Sedgewick, who soon finds that her life at artist Andy Warhol’s famous Factory isn’t as glamorous as she thought.
After meeting at a party in 1965, Sedgwick’s blonde pixie crop and kohl lined eyes captivated Warhol and she soon became the ‘Queen of The Factory’ – the New York studio where the pop artist and his inner circle worked hard and partied harder.
She was the opposite of the stereotypical society heiress of the time and people were fascinated by her.
Punk legend Patti Smith said: “She was such a strong image that i thought, ‘That’s it.’ It represented everything to me, radiating intelligence, speed, being connected with the moment.”
Since her death, Sedgewick’s personal style has continued to inspire fashion designers all over the world. John Galliano, Creative Director at Christian Dior said: “She may have had 15 minutes of fame but her style and image influenced a whole generation.”
The outfits featured in the film emulate Sedgwick’s signature mod style perfectly. With the clean lines, bright colours and bold geometric prints that were popular in the 60’s, the socialite became known for mini dresses teamed with bare feet or opaque tights and leotards, accessorised with statement jewels, false eyelashes and huge chandelier earrings.
The pieces worn by Sienna Miller in Factory Girl were, not surprisingly, mostly vintage however you can find similar pieces on the high street season after season.
Before the internet, people looked to films for their sartorial inspiration and for some Hollywood actresses on-screen style can be as much a part of their role as acting.
At times the costumes are more memorable than the characters themselves. Everyone recognises the shot of Marilyn’s white dress, but most people don’t know it’s taken from the film The Seven Year Itch.
From Holly Golightly to Margot Tenenbaum, these are five of film’s most iconic fashion moments:
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Arguably the most stylish film in Hollywood history, Breakfast at Tiffany’s sees Audrey showcasing beautiful Givenchy pieces throughout. The most iconic of all being the black dress worn in the opening shots, which sparked a love affair with the LBD that still exists today.
Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
Diane Keaton is the queen of boyfriend chic in this 1977 Woody Allen classic. The baggy trousers and fedora hats featured in the film sparked a huge trend in androgynous dressing and many items worn in the film actually came from Diane’s own wardrobe.
Madonna in Desperately seeking Susan
After this movie’s release, Madonna’s thrift store look became the signature style of the 80’s – bold colours, leggings, mesh cropped tops, stacks of bangles and necklaces. The thrift store where Susan goes shopping actually exists and can be found in New York
Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
Kate’s 1970’s inspired wardrobe made everyone want to run away and become a groupie. Penny Lane’s fur jacket, crop tops, floppy hats, tassels, waist coats and platforms continue to be copied. The 70’s hippy look remains the preferred look for festivals year after year.
Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
For this 2001 film Wes Anderson made sure all the clothes were from the 70’s, but after the release of the film fur coats, barrettes and sleek bobs became the look du jour thanks to Gwyneth’s role as Margot Tenenbaum.
We all know that it’s the accessories that complete an outfit and at the moment I can’t live without statement necklaces. During the day I wear them over chunky knitwear and shirts. After dark, I pair them with plain and simple dresses or with jersey tops and skinny jeans. Think maximum impact, minimum effort!
Here are my favourites on the high street at the moment. New Look definitely has the best selection at the most reasonable prices.
1. £12, River Island 2. £65, Topshop 3. £5.99, New Look 4. £9.99, New Look 5. £35, Mango 6. £19.99, Zara
Olivia Palermo has come a long way since her days on MTV reality show The City. The American socialite has gone from working in PR, to being a regular on the FROW and an international style icon in her own right. Love her or hate her (who can forget how she treated poor Whitney!), there’s no denying the girl has impeccable style. Whether Olivia is posing on the red carpet or out and about with her equally stylish other half Johannes Huebl, she always looks pulled together and polished.
Olivia has a timeless, classic look and has stated Old Hollywood stars Ava Gardner and Ingrid Berman as her fashion inspirations. She is known for mixing high-end with high-street and is a big fan of Zara and Topshop, which is great news for mere mortals like us who want to re-create her look. I love how she manages to make high street pieces look so expensive.
Olivia now runs her own fashion website oliviapalermo.com.
Get Olivia’s look: 1) Embellished jacket, TOPSHOP, £85. 2) Cream cami, TOPSHOP, £18. 3) Statement necklace, Miss Selfridge, £15. 4) Black blazer, River Island, £55. 5) Cream structured bag, Zara, £149. 6) Heels, ASOS, £45. 7) Embellished ballet flats, Zara, £39.99. 8) Black leather look dress, River Island, £35. 9) Blue skinny jeans, Miss Selfridge, £36
Actress, model, singer, activist – Brigitte Bardot had it all. With big eyes, pouty lips and messy blonde hair, she became a sex symbol in the 60’s and it wasn’t just her looks that caught the world’s attention.
Brigitte Bardot’s style captured the spirit of the French Riviera. She encompassed that je ne sais quoi that makes French girls so elegant and effortlessly chic. She often wore denim jeans, Beat Generation-style coats, Breton stripe tops and ballet flats. Brigitte made the choucroute hairstyle popular and also inspired the “bardot” style neckline, a wide neck cut that exposes both shoulders.
Bardot is credited with making St Tropez a desired destination and she revolutionised the way French women wore swimsuits. She starred in many films, but I would recommend watching Le Mépris. The film is based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo and features the amazing Malaparte house on the Isle of Capris, one of the best examples of Italian contemporary architecture.
Bardot is one of my ultimate fashion icons and it’s not hard to see why the femme fatale’s timeless style continues to inspire women today.