30 Sixties Style Icons

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TV drama We'll Take Manhattan, starring Karen Gillan as iconic model Jean Shrimpton airs tonight. But the 'Shrimp' wasn't the only well-dressed woman of the decade. The swinging sixties brought us a whole array of style icons, from the world's first supermodels Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton (sorry, Janice Dickinson), to super-cool it-girls like Edie Sedgwick and Anita Pallenberg. See our list of the coolest dressers of the 1960s, by clicking on the gallery below. Which one's your favourite?

  • Sixties Style Icons: Jean Shrimpton

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

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Francoise Hardy

    With her effortless, boho look (make-up free, and with a fringe), and wardrobe full of simple, mod clothing, singer Francoise Hardy had hipster appeal in the 1960s.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Anita Pallenberg

    Romancing nearly all of The Rolling Stones, Italian-born, hard-partying beauty Anita had the quintessential rock chick look - think kohl-rimmed eyes, thigh-high boots, and skin-tight, printed trousers. Kate Moss has marked her as a style inspiration.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: The Ronettes

    The Ronettes were the cooler, slightly edgier version of The Supremes, and wore a back-combed beehive, tight pencil skirt and winged eyeliner like no other girl group.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Mia Farrow

    From her cute pixie crop to her eclectic, gamine style (and a love of shift dresses, coloured tights and flats), Mia Farrow was always playful with her fashion choices. She worked the Peter Pan collar before Alexa Chung was even a twinkle in the fashion universe.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Jackie Onassis

    Before Michelle Obama and her inspired wardrobe, there was Jackie Onassis - 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Twiggy

    We 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Janis Joplin

    From fur hats and gilets to string vests, and piles of bangles, Janis Joplin's bohemian style was truly unique.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Julie Christie

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

  • Sixties Style Icons: Jane Fonda

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

  • Sixties Style Icons: Diana Ross

    From all-sequinned catsuits to sparkly shifts, and that beehive, Diana Ross deserves a mention for her amazing on-stage outfits in The Supremes (before she forged her solo career).

  • Sixties Style Icons: Mama Cass

    Mama Cass didn't fit the stereotypical, gamine sixties ideal, but she made sure her eclectic fashion sense stood out as much as her impressive voice.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Marianne Faithfull

    Another muse to the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger's ex-girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithfull lived a wild life (reportedly answering the door to the police dressed in a rug after taking drugs), but she always looked effortlessly cool in her wardrobe of mini-dresses, fur coats and knee-high boots.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Marsha Hunt

    Singer and novelist Marsha Hunt became iconic for her huge Afro hairstyle (which graced the cover of Vogue) and love of floaty, bohemian dresses.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Mary Quant

    Dubbed the 'High Priestess of Sixties Fashion', Mary Quant invented all the iconic fashion styles of the decade - the mini-skirt, coloured and patterned tights, bright make-up, plastic macs and hotpants - making her a true fashion legend. Her shop Bazaar on the King's Road was the place to shop.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Nancy Kwan

    Promoted as the "Chinese Bardot", Nancy Kwan became a sixties style icon with a haircut. Vidal Sassoon chopped her locks into an asymmetric bob, called it the "Nancy Kwan" cut and it became the most sought-after style in sixties London.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Nancy Sinatra

    With the release of These Boots were Made for Walking, Nancy Sinatra stepped out of the shadow of father Frank. With a mane of tousled blonde hair, she worked short mini-dresses, and naturally, kick-ass boots with aplomb.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Pattie Boyd

    With her long hair, endless legs and mod style, model Pattie Boyd was the quintessential sixties beauty, and a favourite of Mary Quant. And she had a rock-star boyfriend (George Harrison) - the ultimate accessory for a sixties icon.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Peggy Lipton

    Late sixties style icon Peggy Lipton was a model and actress, who came to fame as the hip crime fighter in Police Drama The Mod Squad. She worked an all-natural look with long-flowing hair, a glowing tan, and some killer crime-fighting outfits.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Paulene Stone

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

  • Sixties Style Icons

    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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: 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.

  • Sixties Style Icons: Sharon Tate

    Hailed as one of Hollywood's most promising newcomers before her tragic death at the hands of Charles Manson's followers, Sharon Tate starred in cult movie Valley of the Dolls and married director Roman Polanski.


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