Popism

This weekend I immersed myself in the Warhol Sixties and the iconic Edie Sedgwick. Its funny because I was traveling to New Mexico (photos to come!) and I had a lot of reading time in between layovers and being on the plane. So, I picked up the anecdotal, POPism, written by Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett. A ten year review & personal account of the Pop phenomenon in New York in the 1960s, including several unexpected and quite intimate accounts of Warhol’s first big superstar and “It-girl” Edie Sedgwick who he met in January 1965. He writes, “Her dance moves were sort of Egyptian, with her hand and chin tilting in just the right, beautiful way. People called it the Sedgwick, and Edie was the only one who did it.” It is impossible to not fall in love with Edie.

Diana Vreeland, then the editor of American Vogue, pronounced Sedgwick a “Youthquaker!”, aged 22, describing her as “white-haired with anthracite-black eyes and legs to swoon over.” Gloria Schiff, a senior editor who soon shot with Sedgwick regularly, called her “an enchanting, remarkable creature of the moment.” As Life magazine put it in 1965, “This cropped-mop girl with the eloquent legs is doing more for black tights than anybody since Hamlet.”

 

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