Black tights, heavy eyeliner, silver hair; the chain smoking waif with the dance moves, the speed queen, sex fend.
I went through a phase after my discovery of Edie which I became consumed and obsessed with everything about her and surrounded her.
Poor Little Rich Girl
She was Andy Warhol's siamese twin, his ultimate muse. The original IT girl, blue-blood poor little rich girl.
Songs were written about her by Lou Reed and Bob Dylan- Femme Fatale. Just Like A Woman. Leopard-Skin Pill-box hat.etc.
For a brief period in the mid 60s, she RULED the counterculture bunch in New York City. The true star of Warhol's Superstar. The darkest star of club scenes, art scene; posing in Vogue, appearing in gossip columns, tv shows and underground films.
The Most Beautiful People
Ciao Manhattan isn't a particularly good film, but it sidelines the counterculture of 60s New York art/music/fashion/social scene nicely.
For Edie Sedgwick and Warhol fans, it's worth a look at all of the NYC glamour footage, interviews, etc, with cameos of old factory cronies, desiger Betsey Johnson and Factory scenester Bibbe Hansen... who happens to just be BECK'S MOTHER!
Edie began spending a lot of time at Warhol's Factory on East 47th Street between 1965-1968. She even began styling herself like Andy, cutting her hair into a blonde, boyish crop. Warhol also envied Edie's style.
"I think Edie was something Andy would like to have been; he was transposing himself into her à la Pygmalion," said Truman Capote. "Andy Warhol would like to have been Edie Sedgwick. He would like to have been a charming, well-born debutante from Boston. "
Drugs are BAD for you, y'all!!!
Andy Warhol surrounded himself with plenty art stars but none were as famous or memorable as Edie Sedgwick.
Sedgwick's style, charm and composure were so alluring that her style is still often emulated.
Muses are hardly role models. And Edie burned like a comet. Her end was tragic and sad. All because of her heavy drug use and mental illness.
Stay Away from drugs kidddddsssss!
This concludes our #musing for August.
Gloria from the HQ