Peggy Moffitt is synonymous with the look of the 60s, many would say she played a significant role in pioneering it. She started her career as an actress, but it was when she met and subsequently married photographer WIlliam Claxton that her life took a change of direction. Claxton had been photographing Rudi Genreich’s fashion designs since the mid 50s, and by the early 60s Peggy began modeling for him. She forged a strong relationship and later became his muse and collaborator.
Peggy was not afraid to be nonconformist, in fact, it was a brazen act of anti-establishmentarianism that catapulted her into the limelight, and gained her notoriety at a time when so many rules and mindsets were gagging to be challenged and reformed; she was one of the few models brave enough to model the topless bathing suit, or ‘monokini’. She was sartorially distinctive and experimental, her love of heavy eye make up and false lashes became her signature and she modified the classic bowl haircut and made it her own, known as ‘the five point’. She also featured in her husband’s video, ‘Basic Black’, the premise of which was to act as a showreel to enable Claxon to get advertising work, however, it is now widely considered to be the first real fashion video.
Both Genreich’s designs and Peggy’s look have had an enduring appeal, in 2003 a collaboration between Comme de Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo and Moffitt led to the revival and reissue of some of Genreich’s designs as part of the CDG collection for that year.
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Katherine Ross was one of those women fortunate enough to have worked with not one, but two of the Silver Screen’s hottest men, and, in the storyline at least, was romantically involved with both. I’m referring to ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’, arguably one of my favourite films of all time, not least because of the eye candy on display (of both sexes) for its 112 minute duration. I can think of worst things than a Paul Newman/Robert Redford sandwich.
She also gave a sterling performance in ‘The Graduate’, where she treads a fine line between doe-eyed vulnerability and strength and tenacity, having been jilted by Dustin Hoffman who engages in an illicit affair with her mother, she goes on to swallow her pride and chooses to forgive him, fleeing from her wedding to another guy (chosen by her parents) to be with the man she loves when he interrupts proceedings. A scene later parodied to good effect by Mike Myers in Wayne’s World.
More recently she has carved out a career as an author, with several children’s books published.
Another Divine Idylle with an effortless beauty and beguiling quality, both aesthetically and in her acting capabilities.
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