Peggy Moffitt

Wasn't Peggy Moffitt just absolutely the most RETRO fabulous?? She was my image of looking cool as a teenager. I still want to look like her! The fabulous eye makeup, the black Sassoon hair cut. It was Peggy whose clothes I tried to copy as a kid in 1968. Mini's, colored opaque stockings to match, chunky heeled shoes, long strands of colored beads, drop earrings and those great big fat watch bands! And of course that fabulous Sassoon hair cut! All copied from Peg.

Here's a bit of bio on gorgeous Peggy Moffitt

Peggy Moffitt (born in California in 1939), is best known as the premier model and muse for the late fashion designer Rudi Gernreich. (He did the famous topless bathing suit wihich Peggy bravely modeled see it HERE) Though her unique look has now become iconic of the 60s fashion scene, Peggy started out pursuing a career in film.

Her work with Gernreich, and entrance into the 60s fashion scene came along in 1958 when she began a romantic affair with photographer William Claxton. Claxton had been involved with Gernreich since 1956, photographing his designs. By 1962 (two years after Moffitt and Claxton had wed), Peggy began work as a model for Gernreich.

As she began modeling for Gernreich, her signature image began to evolve. She wore false eyelashes and heavy eye makeup, drawing on not only current trends but Japanese Kabuki theater. Her hairstyle, a modified bowl cut was the Vidal Sassoon "five point". Which is making a huge revival right now that will be my next post.

The trio remained under the radar until 1964, when Gernreich designed his notorious topless bathing suit, dubbed the "monokini". The bold design catapulted both Gernreich and Moffitt to stardom, as Moffitt was one of the few models bold enough at the time to model it. The two soon became more than just designer and model. Moffitt became a muse to Gernreich, and later on, a collaborator as well.

Though Gernreich died in 1985, Moffitt held the trademark on his name and designs, (smart girl) and has since then used this to further popularize the works of Gernreich.

In 1999 she allowed for his designs to be put on display in an art exhibition. Within the same year Moffitt also worked with Marylou Luther and Claxton to release a comprehensive book chronicling the designs of Gernreich.

Get the cool book here:

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See Peggy in action

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