GOLDEN YEARS

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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

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