Textbook for Fashionista: Edie Sedgwick

Easily one of New York's most famous icons, Edie Sedgwick made her name in the Warhol era. One of his favorites, she was often spotted at The Factory and starred in several of his short films. In truth, the early part of Edie's New York life was pretty fantastic and people all over wanted to emulate her style: leotards, chandelier earrings and a generally excessive attitude. However, as her fame spiraled upward, Edie spiraled downward into drug and alcohol abuse. After a tumultuous relationship and her career on pause, she returned to her family in California for some semblance of health and control. Shortly after being married, her addictions got the better of her and she succumbed to an overdose. Still, she's one of New York's most cherished style icons. We recommend emulating her wardrobe, not her lifestyle.
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Easily one of New York's most famous icons, Edie Sedgwick made her name in the Warhol era. One of his favorites, she was often spotted at The Factory and starred in several of his short films. In truth, the early part of Edie's New York life was pretty fantastic and people all over wanted to emulate her style: leotards, chandelier earrings and a generally excessive attitude. However, as her fame spiraled upward, Edie spiraled downward into drug and alcohol abuse. After a tumultuous relationship and her career on pause, she returned to her family in California for some semblance of health and control. Shortly after being married, her addictions got the better of her and she succumbed to an overdose. Still, she's one of New York's most cherished style icons. We recommend emulating her wardrobe, not her lifestyle.
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Easily one of New York's most famous icons, Edie Sedgwick made her name in the Warhol era. One of his favorites, she was often spotted at The Factory and starred in several of his short films. In truth, the early part of Edie's New York life was pretty fantastic and people all over wanted to emulate her style: leotards, chandelier earrings and a generally excessive attitude. However, as her fame spiraled upward, Edie spiraled downward into drug and alcohol abuse. After a tumultuous relationship and her career on pause, she returned to her family in California for some semblance of health and control. Shortly after being married, her addictions got the better of her and she succumbed to an overdose. Still, she's one of New York's most cherished style icons. We recommend emulating her wardrobe, not her lifestyle.

1. Factory Girl Dress by Balmain, tights by Anna Sui, shoes by 3.1 Phillip Lim

2. On the Town Dress and bag by Prada, shoes by Miu Miu

3. Making Leotards Happen Jumpsuit by Halston, fur by Fendi, shoes by Balenciaga

About The Writer John Jannuzzi began styling figures from history and literature on his blog Textbook in September 2009. He studied at Muhlenberg College and Parsons, The New School for Design and currently works at Lucky magazine in New York. He tweets like a crazy person.