Twiggy’s New Mood

19 magazine, 1960s, Inspirational Images, Justin de Villeneuve, twiggy, Vintage Editorials

Kaftan dress by Twiggy Dresses

Twiggy’s clothes change with her mood, something reflected noticeably in her Christmas wardrobe which includes beautiful ankle-length dresses in exotic prints and romantic styles in lovely colours. “I really have no particular look that I stick to,’ she confessed. ‘Yesterday I wore an ankle-length dress and today I have on a short one. I buy second-hand clothes if I think the fabrics and prints are beautiful. My wardrobe is really a complete mixture of things. I think that these days people can wear just what they like. There are really no set rules, and I personally feel that that’s very nice.”

During the last two months, Twiggy’s face, once constantly seen in virtually every magazine in the world, has been noticeably absent. “I have almost completely stopped modelling. Although I enjoyed every minute while I was doing it, I’m rather tired of it now. At the moment Justin and I will be working for only one American magazine and one Italian and any other work we want to do. Justin has sold the flat that he had, and is now living in the studio.”

Apart from Twiggy Enterprises in England, they have many business interests in the States selling all sorts of ‘Twiggy’ merchandise. During a visit there, earlier this year, Twiggy made a singing and dancing commercial for American TV which was an enormous success. Her main ambition for the coming year is to make a feature film which Justin will possibly co-produce.

`We almost made a film about eighteen months ago,” explained Justin. ‘Paul McCartney was going to write the music and Ken Russell direct. Then we had enormous trouble with the film rights and eventually had to drop the whole idea. When Twiggy made the American commercial she was so great, and en-joyed making it so much that it got us interested all over again. We’ve talked to various people about ideas for a script, but I can’t tell you anything definite about the story at the moment.”

Twiggy today is very different from the Twiggy of three years ago. She is more beautiful and her hair is longer. “I am desperately trying to grow it,” she says. “I want it to be very, very long.” She has grown up, but her unspoilt personality remains the same. One change Twiggy is very pleased about—she has stopped biting her fingernails. “All of a sudden I noticed that I’d just stopped —and that was that.”

She has a marvellous sense of humour and is interested in a variety of things. She loves reading, especially romantic novels, cinema and theatre, with a bent towards musicals, and pop music; she is a firm fan of the Beatles. She enjoys knitting. “I knit things all the time, for myself and all my friends.” (“Not bad, is she,” said Justin, sporting an original Twiggy knit.) “And I’ve just bought a crochet hook and book of instructions. You don t know how to crochet flowers, do you? It only tells you how to make circles in my book.”

Twiggy moves with the grace of a modern day Garbo. “As narrow as an arrow and as fetching as an etching” is a very apt description. She eats what she wants, is peeved that she can’t put on weight. “I wish I could,” she murmurs, busily demolishing an apricot pie. Another pet peeve of hers is spiders. “I hate spiders. I never kill them, though.”

What does Twiggy want this Christmas? “I don’t know. There’s nothing I really want. Just to be happy. And to make the film next year, that’ll be satisfying.”

Frizzy hairpieces by Joseph at Salon 33.

Photographs by Justin de Villeneuve.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, December 1969.


Black crepe dress with sequins by Twiggy Dresses.


Long printed dress by Twiggy Dresses.


Short blue dress by Twiggy Dresses. Long printed scarf from Emmerton and Lambert.


Long patchwork print dress by Twiggy Dresses.

Inspirational Images: Butterfly Mood

1960s, british boutique movement, Inspirational Images, paul misso, petticoat magazine, twiggy
Dress by Twiggy

Dress by Twiggy

Photographed by Paul Misso.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, August 9th 1969

The Best of British Boutique

1960s, 1970s, biba, bill gibb, british boutique movement, catherine buckley, celia birtwell, frank usher, Gina Fratini, jean muir, jean varon, jeff banks, john bates, ossie clark, twiggy, wallis, website listings
Bill Gibb

Bill Gibb

There are new listings-a-plenty over at Vintage-a-Peel, with some of the biggest and brightest names in British fashion from the Sixties and Seventies. Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb, John Bates, Jeff Banks, Twiggy, Gina Fratini, Jean Muir, Catherine Buckley… plus some beautiful modernist jewellery to go with it!

Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark

Twiggy Boutique

Twiggy Boutique

Peter Barron

Peter Barron



John Bates for Jean Varon

John Bates for Jean Varon

Moda of Malta

Moda of Malta

Frank Usher

Frank Usher



Jeff Banks

Jeff Banks

Jean Muir

Jean Muir

Gina Fratini

Gina Fratini

Wallis Shops

Wallis Shops



Catherine Buckley

Catherine Buckley

Inspirational Images: Twiggy’s Renaissance

1970s, Honey Magazine, Inspirational Images, Justin de Villeneuve, twiggy


Personally, I’m only really interested in the way Twiggy looked once she started looking like this…

Photographed by Justin de Villeneuve. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Honey, April 1970

Vintage Adverts: Twiggy Bank

1960s, Herbert Johnson, Honey Magazine, Marks and Spencer, ossie clark, Slimma, twiggy, Vintage Adverts
Trouser suit by Slimma Group One, hat by Herbert Johnson, gloves by Marks and Spencer, 'Compact' bicycle by Raleigh, cheque book by District Bank

Trouser suit by Slimma Group One, beret by Herbert Johnson, bag by Medway Bagagerie, gloves by Marks and Spencer, ‘Compact’ bicycle by Raleigh, cheque book by District Bank.

I simply could not resist that pun. No apologies. I feel almost nostalgic about cheques these days, even though they are [comparatively] a pain in the bum.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Honey, September 1966

Inspirational Images: Nutters

1970s, barry lategan, Inspirational Images, Tommy Nutter, twiggy, Vogue

Twiggy and Tommy Tune, their suits by Tommy Nutter

Photograph by Barry Lategan. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, September 1972

In praise of [slightly] older women

1960s, 1970s, 1980s, brigitte bardot, charlotte rampling, diana rigg, Françoise Hardy, grace coddington, Inspirational Images, jacqueline bisset, jane birkin, jean shrimpton, picture spam, twiggy, veruschka, yasmin le bon

Diana Rigg in the early Seventies (in her mid-thirties)

They were all beautiful in their twenties, and they remain beautiful to this day, but I have come to the conclusion that many of my favourite women looked their very, very best in their thirties and early forties. Which may or may not be somewhat biased by my own entering of my thirties. Ok, so I entered them three years ago but still… I think it is an important thing to notice, when all around are becoming consumed by vanity and their faces destroyed by undesirable injectables.

The puppy fat has fallen away, the features now more defined and enhanced by laughter lines and emerging cheekbones. They look relaxed; as if the pressure of ‘looking good’, which so restrains a teen or twenty-something, has lifted with the knowledge that none of it really matters a great deal. Maybe they’ve had a baby, maybe they don’t want to, maybe they’re still waiting for the right moment (Diana Rigg was 39 when she had Rachael). They know any man worth his salt won’t mind seeing them without make-up, and that he doesn’t really care about the size of their breasts or backsides. They know how swiftly life is passing, how much has been missed already, and how relatively little retains its importance ten or twenty years later. They don’t try to make up for their age by ignoring it or trying to behave like teenagers, they simply embrace the things which are worth embracing. They still make mistakes, but can handle them with good grace.

I realise I am making the cardinal mistake of putting words into people’s mouths and making sweeping generalisations, but I wanted to express how looking at these women makes me feel. And how it reminds me of why it is ok for me to have changed, to have matured and to have grown into my appearance. We all have moments when we wish we still had all that youth on our side, but a few quick glances at things I wrote, men I dated or photographs of myself ten years ago – soon remind me that I didn’t know anything, had very poor taste in men and was quite chubby in the face. All things I am glad to have [hopefully] grown out of.

So whether you are here (there) already, or have it yet to come, I hope you can remember these incredible women and weep for the stupidity of the likes of Lindsey Lohan, Lara Flynn Boyle or Carla Bruni. Plus, don’t forget to check back in with me in ten years time and see if I’ve started saying that ‘actually they looked better in their fifties…’.

Apologies for vague dating of some pictures, the tumblr effect means that very few are dated for me and I’ve had to do a certain amount of guesswork… Also, certain people I think looked lovely in their thirties have gone on to have pretty lousy work done to their faces and have, consequently, not been featured here. That’ll teach ’em!

Jane Birkin, 1982 (aged 36)

Brigitte Bardot in 1972, aged 38

Jean Shrimpton in the mid Seventies, in her early thirties

Charlotte Rampling in 1984 (aged 38)

Jacqueline Bisset in 1977 (aged 33)

Veruschka in 1972 (aged 33)

Françoise Hardy in the early Eighties (in her late thirties)

Grace Coddington in 1974 (aged 33)

Brigitte Bardot in the late Sixties (in her mid thirties)

Jacqueline Bisset in 1984 (aged 40)

Diana Rigg c.1974 (aged 36)

Charlotte Rampling in 1977 (aged 31)

Twiggy in 1983 (aged 34)

Françoise Hardy in the late Seventies (in her mid thirties)

Jean Shrimpton in 1979 (aged 37)

And in case you needed any more evidence, please see Duran Duran’s now infamous supermodel-stuffed video for Girl Panic!. Personally I believe they all look far, far better than they did in their modelling heyday.

Inspirational Images: Fresh Woods and Pastures New

1960s, belinda bellville, jean varon, john bates, Justin de Villeneuve, twiggy, Vintage Editorials, Vogue

Culotte dress and sash by John Bates for Jean Varon, 48gns.

The most Easter-themed spread I could come up with at short notice. Happy Easter and hello Mr Spring, I’ve missed you so!

Prints by Bernard Neville for Liberty. Photos by Justin de Villeneuve. Vogue, May 1969.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants

Gypsy dress, to order at Belinda Bellville.

Inspirational Images: The lady is a vamp

1970s, bill gibb, cosmopolitan, ika hindley, Inspirational Images, richard imrie, twiggy

Photo by Richard Imrie. Cosmopolitan. Cosmo Tells All. July, 1972

Ika Hindley is the twenty-three year old temporarily red-haired model who out-acts Bernhardt or Garbo on the catwalk. Give her a dress and she gives it soul. When wearing Bill Gibb’s vamp dress at his headline-making launch collection, BBC cameramen filmed a three-minute take of Ika doing her number. “I’m hoping it will get me into films. Underneath all this pink paint there’s a frustrated actress,” says Ika who takes voice, dancing and singing lessons. All of which give her catwalk appearance extra oomph. And oomph is what Bill Gibb’s clothes have in plenty. Film star Twiggy and actress Irene Worth are favourite customers of the shy Scottish lad with the special fashion flair.

Model Behaviour

1960s, alice pollock, barry lategan, charlotte martin, georgina linhart, grace coddington, Honey Magazine, john cowan, lee bender, Models, norman eales, paulene stone, twiggy

Grace Coddington and some girl called Twiggy

As a wise man said to me very recently, it should have been mandatory for publications to identify their models back in the Sixties and Seventies. Luckily, some of you are very good at this anyway. (I am not). Also luckily, such features as this exist. From Honey, July 1967, we have a handy feature on some up-and-coming models of the time.

Twiggy, obviously, needs no introduction. The glorious Grace Coddington, Paulene Stone, Shirley Anne Hayes and the ethereally lovely Charlotte Martin feature amongst some lesser-[to me]-known beauties. If any of them ever do an ego-search on Google and find this blog, please do email me and let me know what you’re up to now!

Paulene Stone and Maren Greve

Lorraine Hawkins and Janni Goss

Shirley Anne Hayes and Jenny Fussell

Charlotte Martin and Sue Lynn

Kellie and Melissa Congdon