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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Twiggy - The 60's Supermodel and Icon

Twiggy was the first teenage supermodel, she became the idol for millions of teenage girls of the sixties revolution. She was the face of Sixties London. As soon as she hit the scene in 1966, she was an instant icon. She launched her first line of clothing called Twiggy Dresses in 1966. Her high fashion mod style was created by Mary Quant.

Twiggy, who was born in 1949 in North London, became a worldwide phenomenon when she landed in New York in 1967 as Lesley Hornby. During her years as a model, Twiggy posed for some of the top photographers, including Barry Lategan, Melvin Sokolsky, Richard Avendon and Bert Stern.

She was the most popular model of the 1960s and her jet set lifestyle led to the creation of the infamous Louis Vuitton Papilion bag. It's cylinder shape and easily portable size made it ideal for a model on the go and after Twiggy appeared in Vogue with the bag in 1967 the world went crazy for the Papilion- to this day it is still one of Louis Vuitton's most popular bags.
Twiggy added to her career with film, stage, television and even singing. She continues today with her own line of clothing and bed linens as well as modeling and guest appearances on television.