1 portrait matching 'x125452'
by Ronald Traeger
cibachrome print from a transparency of vintage print, February 1967
16 7/8 in. x 14 in. (430 mm x 355 mm)
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- Twiggy Lawson (née Lesley Hornby) (1949-), Model and actress. Sitter in 30 portraits.
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- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 94 Read entry
Launched by a famous cropped haircut, shaped by Leonard and coloured by Daniel Galvin, Twiggy (b.1949) was arguably the world’s first supermodel. Born Lesley Hornby, she was given the pet names ‘Sticks’ and ‘Twigs’ because of her thin legs. Named ‘The Face of 1966’ in an article by the Daily Express journalist Deirdre McSharry, she was the embodiment of the 1960s look and influenced a generation of teenagers. Her acting career developed when she appeared in Ken Russell’s film version of Sandy Wilson’s stage musical The Boy Friend (1971), and she made her Broadway debut in My One and Only (1983-5), based on music by George and Ira Gershwin. American photographer Ronald Traeger (1936-68) photographed her on a number of occasions. The contact sheet (x125453) shows his method of working and is inscribed by him to show Twiggy’s favoured shots.
- 100 Fashion Icons, p. 143 Read entry
Dame Lesley Lawson (b.1949), best known as Twiggy, was named 'The Face of 1966' in a Daily Express article by journalist Deirdre McSharry and arguably became the world's first supermodel. With her dramatic eye make-up, androgynous figure and short haircut shaped by Leonard of Mayfair and coloured by Daniel Galvin, Twiggy embodied the 1960s look and influenced a generation of young people. American fashion photographer, artist and designer Ronald Traeger (1936–68) photographed Twiggy on numerous occasions. In this close-up portrait, her cropped hairstyle contrasts with her painted-on eyelashes and freckles.
- Pepper, Terence (introduction) Muir, Robin (appreciation) Sokolsky, Melvin (appreciation), Twiggy: A Life In Photographs, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 September 2009 to 24 March 2010), p. 64