To further explore the Mod Trend and why we love it, Jemma, Naomi and I decided to each pick a look from this trend and put together a vignette incorporating personal items that show what Mod means to us. The look above got my attention immediately and conjured up thoughts about music, books and people that I associate with it.
The Muse: Edie Sedgwick
I’ve always found this tragic beauty fascinating – she was Andy Warhol’s muse and a fixture at his Factory (Sienna Miller played her in the movie, Factory Girl). She hung out at the Chelsea at the time when Patti Smith was living there as well as a number of other sixties icons – she became a close acquaintance of Bob Dylan and is thought by some to be the inspiration for “Like a Rolling Stone,” as well as “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” and “Just Like a Woman.” Her signature get-up of tights, striped tees, short hair and dark eyes came to signify the Mod style of the early sixties in New York.
The Music: The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was formed in New York City in the early sixties and at the time were literally an “underground” sensation – dark, mysterious and experimental. However they and their frontman Lou Reed would become one of the most influential and iconic acts of the time period. They were managed by Andy Warhol for a few years in the sixties, who famously created the cover artwork for their album (the banana).
The Book: Just Kids by Patti Smith
Patti Smith’s Just Kids (our book club selection from earlier this year) is almost like a cultural manifesto for this time period. The memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe includes their time living at the Chelsea, crossing paths with Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Bob Dylan. She captures the mindset of the youth in early sixties NYC – full of hope and promise but lacking the means to get there, and creating their own scene instead of joining the masses.
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