She still had a girlâ€™s finishing school appearance, but her face and actions showed that something else was coming up very fast.
geoffrey gates Edie's neighbor and acquaintance
That March Edie Sedgwick met
that broke from her parents'
Andy Warhol. Warhol ran his
prescribed version. In Warhol's
own kingdom, the Factory, with
insular community she also found
a power not dissimilar to that of
a new salon, one where her magic
her father's on the ranch. Both
would surface on the recordings
men were artists. But the Factory
of films that would make her a
allowed Edie to invent a version of
star for just being herself.
herself, as a performance artist,
nobody fee tonigh
els any pain ht as I stand inside the rain bob dylan lyrics from "Just Like A Woman", inspired by Edie
Edie was featured in Life magazine in November 1965 as â€œThe Girl with the Black Tightsâ€?, making them iconic of her style.
morous freak. chuck wein
discovered Edie and introduced her to Andy
She couldn’t really cope with
great devourers of all time. But
the day-to-day reality, and she
her method of devouring was to
always needed to have friends
entice. If you had a room full of
who understood that. Edie
twenty people and Edie came
provided the glamour, you see,
in, there was an energy uplift. It
and the glitter...when she walked
got everybody off their boring
into some place, the whole room
number. Here was this glamorous
turned. And if they didn’t, she’d
freak. People were willing to
do something in the next twenty
let Edie be the star. They just
seconds that would make them.
wanted to be around her because
She’d giggle, or she’d dance and
the glamour was there and it was
spin around. She was voracious
like a beautiful-child vibration.
for people. Edie was one of the
everybody knows that babyâ€™s got new cloth
but lately I see her ribbons and her bow have fallen fr
ws rom her curls
play p sandy kirkland
sixties partygoer, friend of Edie's
When Edie met Andy, it was
any time the camera was turned
this immediate thing. They were
on, she would gravitate toward it
going to make movies. Andy
like Gloria Swanson at the end of
started escorting her, and drew
Sunset Boulevard. She had this
her into the fold really fast.
real romance with it. She could
She became this extraordinary
be a totally bedraggled, wiped-
camera object, which was
out wreck, and then the camera
incredible for me to see because
would go on and she would just
I had known her only as this waif.
be this magical star. It was crazy,
She suddenly became a person
but very powerful.
who went to the Factory, and
yed princess "Long earrings are fast coming back into fashion, a fact that delights Edie because she has been wearing them all along [...] 'I swish them the way other girls swish their hair.'" - from Life, November 1965
that baby canâ€™t be blessed till she finally
sheâ€™s like all the r
y sees that
with her fog her amphetamine and her pearls.
"Edie encapsulated that whole era with just that nonchalant/ intentional Holly Golightly look: five pair of lashes, lip gloss, heavy black make up. That Vidal Sassoon haircut.â€? -Betsey Johnson
she was lik
s ke art.
I met Edie at an opening. In any situation her physicality was so refreshing that she exposed all
the dishonesty in the room. I was always intimidated and self-
conscious when I talked to her
or was in her presence because she was like art. I mean she was an object that had been very
strongly, effectively, created.
pop artist in Warhol's Factory scene
and she aches just like a woman but she breaks just like a little girl
Edie would spend hours doing her face. She did it very well, because she could go out for twelve hours, leaving in the afternoon and not returning until next dawn, a hundred parties in between, and her make-up would never budge. Absolutely flawless. I remember waiting two hours for her to get out of the bathroom. I didn't want to disturb the star putting on her face. There were a few unspoken rules, and that was one of them. The last thing that went on was the gold glitter. Gold dust. She loved the way it glittered. She would come in and say, "Let me give you some of this," and she'd put it all over my cheeks. "Isn't it terrific?" In the late afternoon we would leave for the Factory. It was always very busy there. Then we would go to the parties at night.
genevieve charbin worked on Warhol's films, lived with Edie
queen of who sam green
art dealer, friend of Warhol
Edie was astonishing. She was
Edie was scared to death but she
really in show business, giving all
was adoring every minute. She
those people something to look
was in her element. She carried
at...and it was crucial because
this sort of forty-minute soliloquy
they had been getting more and
into the microphone. She called
more unruly for hours, angry,
out to them. “Oh, I’m so glad
first of all, because there were no
you all came tonight, and aren’t
pictures on the wall. So she, in
we all having a wonderful time?
fact, became the exhibition. Andy
And isn’t Andy Warhol the most
was just terrified, white with fear.
"...Edie Sedgwick in a black leotard and a white mink coat. In her deep, campy voice, strained through smoke and Boston she said: It's all I have to wear." -Edie as a "Youthquaker," Vogue, August, 1965
f the ole scene
This book was designed by Elizabeth Natoli at Washington University in St. Louis.
Text and images from Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein, edited with George Plimpton Edie: Girl on Fire by Melissa Painter & David Weisman Edie: Factory Girl by Nat Finkelstein & David Dalton