Month Fashion Icon: Brigitte Bardot
Month Fashion Icon: Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot ( born 28 September 1934, Paris) is a French actress, singer and fashion model, but now she’s an animal rights activist. Brigitte was one of the best known sex-symbols of the 50s and 60s.

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Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in early life. She started her acting career in 1952 and, after appearing in 16 routine comedy films, she became world-famous in 1957 with the film “And God Created Woman”. Brigitte was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for her role in Louis Malle’s film “Viva Maria!

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In fashion, the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders) is named after her. Bardot popularized this style which is especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other tops and dresses.

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She also popularized the bikini in her early films such as “Manina “. She gained additional attention when she filmed… ”And God Created Woman”. Brigitte portrayed an immoral teenager cavorting in a bikini who seduces men in a respectable small-town setting.

Brigitte also brought into fashion the choucroute  hairstyle and gingham  clothes after wearing a checkered pink dress, designed by Jacques Esterel, at her wedding to Charrier. She was the subject for an Andy Warhol painting.

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Bardot was idolized by the young John Lennon. George Harrison made comparisons between Bardot and his first wife Pattie Boyd. They, Brigitte and Lennon, met once, in 1968. They were introduced by The Beatles press agent Derek Taylor.

In 1965, she appeared as herself in the Hollywood production “Dear Brigitte” starring James Stewart, one of the few American films in which she appeared. She refused to travel to Hollywood to film her scene, requiring the needed cast and crew members to travel to film in Paris.

In 1970, sculptor Alain Gourdon used Bardot as the model for a bust of Marianne, the French national emblem. In 2007, she was named among Empire magazine’s 100 Sexiest Film Stars.

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