TWIGGY: 50 YEARS IN FASHION
Immortalized in Andy Warhol prints and having worked with the iconic David Bowie, Twiggy has spent 50 years at the forefront of fashion.
Celebrating her 50th anniversary in the fashion industry, Twiggy is a name – and face – that needs little introduction. Even her voice is instantly recognizable: “I’ve rung people up on the phone and they’ve said, ‘Is that Twiggy?’” she laughs.
Catapulted to supermodel status at 16, Twiggy – then Lesley Hornby, a skinny schoolgirl from Neasden – became an overnight sensation when the Daily Express named her the ‘Face of 1966’. “The whole thing was bonkers really,” she says. “My dad was so excited, he ran into my room with the paper and said, ‘Look, Les, it’s you!’”
The original mod with her gamine frame, boyish crop and fluttering false lashes, she was the polar opposite to the hourglass ‘housewife’ silhouette that had dominated the 1950s. Redefining what it meant to be beautiful, she became muse to the world’s most significant photographers, from Cecil Beaton to Helmut Newton. “My life changed forever,” she says. “American Vogue sent me to Paris and then it just exploded, global!”
Along with The Beatles and David Bowie, Twiggy became the icon of a generation after just four years of modeling. But her fame didn’t end there. In 1971, film director Ken Russell cast her in The Boy Friend, which won her two Golden Globes and paved the way for her career highlight: starring on Broadway in My One and Only