Isn't It Darling

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Palomino double-face wool melton coat, Bill Blass. Opera gloves, LaCrasia.



As the most beautiful actress in the world in the mid-1960s it is unsurprising that Julie Christie's look would continue to influence for decades to come. Based upon her starring role in the film Darling (for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award in 1966), this editorial by Peter Lindbergh for Harper's Bazaar casts Amber Valletta as London's It Girl of 1995. Looking back after thirty years, designers like Muiccia Prada and Gianni Versace clung quite closely to their 60s influences—only making slight edits of silhouette and color. This is particularly noticeable when the editorial's images are paired with screenshots from the film and photos of Christie on set, as I have included below.

Julie Harris won the Academy Award for Best Costumes for Darling, which charts the glamorous and rather depressing life of model Dianna Scott (Christie) and if you haven't seen the movie it is definitely worth watching just for them and the rather amazing party sequences.  



Amber Valletta photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Harper's Bazaar, September 1995. Hair by Odile Gilbert and makeup by Stéphane Marais.

Picture Julie Christie. London's It Girl, 1965. Her neat belted tweed suit, the proper cocktail dress—almost everything we want right now.  


Julie Christie.



Shades from the '60s: Aqua and orange.
Blue wool/cashmere jacket and skirt. Both, Istante by Gianni Versace. Boots, Versus by Gianni Versace.



Orange silk/wool jacket and skirt. Both, and bag, Prada.



Julie Christie.



Demure additions—gloves and a sweet camellia. Black wool boucle suit, Chanel. Gloves, LaCrasia.



Adding schoolgirl charm—a mini worn with knee-highs. Brown wool tweed suit, Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes, Bottega Veneta. Bag, Celine.



Julie Christie.



Sixties classics, recolored for the '90s. Brown and taupe faux-fur coat, Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes, Prada. Knee-highs, Calvin Klein Hosiery.



Orange reversed shearling coat, and wool tank dress. Both, and shoes and bag, Gucci.



The groovin' suit—a hip-belted jacket and an A-line skirt in houndstooth check. Both, Anna Sui. Black wool turtleneck, James Coviello for Anna Sui. Boots, Emma Hope for Anna Sui.



The simplest evening dress, in moonlight-silver satin. Dress, Calvin Klein. Gloves, LaCrasia.



Julie Christie.

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