Joan Didion in Front of Her Yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser (1972)

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American journalist and writer of novels, screenplays, and autobiographical works. Didion is best known for her literary journalismand memoirs. In her novels and essays, Didion explores the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos; the overriding theme of her work is individual and social fragmentation.

At the peak of her career, her writing was recognized for its significance in defining and observing American subcultures for mainstream audiences. In 1968, The New York Times referred to her early work as containing “grace, sophistication, nuance, [and] irony.”

In 2005 she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography for her book The Year of Magical Thinking. She later adapted the book into a play which premiered on Broadway in 2007.’

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Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972 via

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Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972 via

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Hippie Chic Ossie Clark Dress by Norman Parkinson (1970)

Raymond “Ossie” Clark (1942 – 1996) was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era.

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Ingrid Boulting in Ossie Clark Dress, photographed by Norman Parkinson, 1970 via

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Ingrid Boulting in Ossie Clark Dress, photographed by Norman Parkinson, 1970 via

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Ingrid Boulting in Ossie Clark Dress, photographed by Norman Parkinson, 1970 via

Bianca and Mick Jagger Getting Married in Saint-Tropez (1971)

Bianca met Mick Jagger at a party after a Rolling Stones concert in France in September 1970. On 12 May 1971, while she was four months pregnant, the couple married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France, and she became his first wife.

The couple’s only child, a daughter named Jade, was born on 21 October 1971, in Paris, France.

In May 1978, she filed for divorce on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall. Bianca later said “My marriage ended on my wedding day.”

 

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Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Moreno de Macías on their wedding day, St. Tropez, 1971 via

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Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Moreno de Macías on their wedding day, St. Tropez, 1971 via

 

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Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Moreno de Macías on their wedding day, St. Tropez, 1971 via

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Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Moreno de Macías on their wedding day, St. Tropez, 1971 via

The “Dress Doctor” Edith Head

Edith Head (1897 – 1981) was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, starting with The Heiress (1949) and ending with The Sting (1973).

Born and raised in California, Head managed to get a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures, without any relevant training. She first acquired notability for Dorothy Lamour’s trademark sarong dress, and then became a household name after the Academy Awards created a new category of Costume Designer in 1948. Head was considered exceptional for her close working relationships with her subjects, with whom she consulted extensively, and these included virtually every top female star in Hollywood.

After 43 years she left Paramount for Universal, possibly because of her successful partnership with Alfred Hitchcock, and also adapted her skills for television.

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Edith Head’s costume for Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938.

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Grace Kelly wearing her Oscar dress by Edith Head. Photograph by Philippe Halsman.

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Edith Head’s costume for Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd directed by Billy Wilder 1950.

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Audrey Hepburn (with Edith Head in the background) puts on her tiara and necklace while on the set of Roman Holiday, 1952.

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Hitchcock and Head on the set of Family Plot (1976).

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