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She still had a girl’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 “The Girl with the Black Tights�, 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 baby’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 can’t be blessed till she finally

she’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.� -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.

robert rauschenberg

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.

wonderful artist!”

"...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

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Edie Sedgwick biography book