Warhol’s wildest muse and her tragic tale: Becoming Edie, through fashion

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starring ABBY WILLIAMSON/Wallflower Management as Edie Sedgwick | produced and styled by TAMMY THEIS | photographs by KEITH LATHROP

“The cropped-mop girl with the eloquent legs is doing more for black tights than anybody since Hamlet. She is Edie Sedgwick, a 22-year-old New York socialite, great granddaughter of the founder of Groton and currently the ‘superstar’ of Andy Warhol’s underground movies. She used to wear her tights with only a T-shirt for a top but lately has taken to wearing them with mid-thigh-length dresses — ‘the simplest, stretchiest ones I can find.’ Her style may not be for everybody, but its spirited wackiness is just right for lively girls with legs like Edie’s.” —Life Magazine, Nov. 26, 1965

Alexander Wang mock-turtleneck top, Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center; silver sparkle tights and black high waist briefs, both from American Apparel; Sherri Jennings Designs medallion earrings, Vintage Martini

“SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 22—Mrs. Edith Sedgwick Post, who as Edie Sedgwick was heralded as the ‘superstar’ of the 1965 and 1966 underground of the pop artist Andy Warhol, died at her home here on Nov. 16. She was 28 years old. The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office listed acute barbitural intoxication as the probable cause of death. Mrs. Post was married last July 24 to Michael Bret Post, 21. She was the daughter of the late Francis M. Sedgwick, who edited The Atlantic Monthly, and a great-granddaughter of the Rev. Endicott Peabody, the founder of the Groton School. … In 1964, at the age of 21, she arrived in New York to seek work as a model and actress. She met Mr. [Andy] Warhol at a party and soon became his star and companion, replacing his 1964 ‘superstar,’ Baby Jane Holzer. With her hair in a boyish cut and tinted silver to match her mentor’s, Miss Sedgwick for more than a year accompanied him to society parties and art exhibitions and received considerable notice in newspaper and magazine columns. In 1966, she was replaced as the leading star of Warhol films by a young woman named Ingrid Superstar. —The New York Times, Nov. 23, 1971

Alexander Wang sheer paneled silk and viscose top, Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center; Sherri Jennings Designs medallion earrings, Vintage Martini

Red Valentino embroidered top with pleated tulle detail, Stanley Korshak; Wolford dot tights, Wolford NorthPark Center; Prada jeweled flat, Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center

Vintage plastic raincoat, Vintage Martini; Maison Olga embroidered shorts, V.O.D.; Skaist Taylor striped tank and Manolo Blahnik woven slingbacks, both Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center; Sherri Jennings Designs medallion earrings, Vintage Martini

Co silk top and pleated skirt, Forty Five Ten

 

Comme des Garçons jacket, Forty Five Ten; Nina Ricci pencil skirt, Stanley Korshak; Jil Sander white T-shirt and Prada jeweled shoe, both Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center; Sherri Jennings Designs rhinestone cuff, Vintage Martini

Red Valentino silk dress, Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center

Derek Lam sweater, Forty Five Ten; Frank Olive vintage gold hat, Vintage Martini

hair and makeup LISA WILLIAMS/IA Agency | fashion assistants Meghan Forest, Mary Bielamowicz and Courtney Laddimore | photo assistants David Nix and Craig Belfield; digital technician Luke Hanscom

 

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  1. It always needs to be mentioned when Edie’s look comes up that she did not originate it. The heavy black eyeliner and thick false eyelashes, white lipstick, geometric cropped hair, long geometric plastic earrings, and endless silver weren’t the kind of thing you saw everyday in your neighborhood, but they were the highest fashion of the time, and Edie lifted them right off the pages of the era’s Vogues and Harpers Bazaars.