French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot is as famous for her pillowy pout, kohl-rimmed eyes, and tousled blonde hair as she is for her film roles. Her classic seductive style changed the face of fashion in the late 1950s, when mink coats, a permanent wave, and diamonds were the order of the day. A new book, Brigitte Bardot: My Life In Fashion, by Henry-Jean Servat—the only journalist to have kept a close rapport with Bardot throughout her life—examines Bardot’s ability to spark a fashion revolution, with extensive commentary from the legend herself. Besides photographs that capture her past statement-making looks—from ballerina slippers with sweeping skirts to figurehugging knitwear, gingham fabrics, and gypsy dresses—the book also explains the context of the often-groundbreaking pieces Bardot wore, and their lasting allure till today.
In Marc Allégret’s Plucking the Daisy, wearing a Virginie gown
In the 1970 The Bear and the Doll
Bardot at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1953
The famous choucroute beehive, 1960
Playing Agnès Dumont in the 1956 Plucking the Daisy