From biba fever to 69-carat diamonds, twiggy shares more ways to make money her memories of sw

By the time that I was discovered in 1966, mary quant had already left her mark on the fashion more ways to make money world. Before her designs, there were no real clothes for teenagers. If you look at girls in the ’50s, most of them are dressed like their mothers. She changed all of that – and paved the way for biba, which was really my greatest fashion inspiration. I had a saturday job in a hairdresser as a more ways to make money 14 year old, and I would save my pocket money and then go more ways to make money to the shop on abingdon road in kensington. I can still remember the clothes I bought in detail. My first dress was A-line with puffed sleeves and stopped a few inches above more ways to make money the knee – it actually took quite a while for minis to become more ways to make money truly “mini” – and it was made of fuchsia cloth with yellow zig-zags running across it and had three little pearl buttons more ways to make money at the neck. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had more ways to make money ever seen.

At that point, I was just a regular girl in neasden. Monday through friday, I put on the same uniform to go to the more ways to make money local grammar school: a white shirt, red tie, and a navy plated skirt that I always got in more ways to make money trouble for rolling up at the waist to make it more ways to make money shorter. I also had to wear a hat, but as soon as I got around the corner from more ways to make money the school gates, I would bang it in my satchel – until inevitably some teacher made me get the poor old more ways to make money crumpled hat out and put it back on. My idol was jean shrimpton; I had pictures of her all over my bedroom wall. I could never really afford vogue, but I would stay in the news agents reading fashion more ways to make money magazines until somebody asked me to leave.

On the weekends though, my parents would let me go to a mod club more ways to make money in harrow. I was only 14 at that point, but I would look at what the older girls were more ways to make money wearing and then try and copy it. Every department store had a haberdashery section back then, but the best ones were in the west end. I would go shopping for rolls of fabric and then more ways to make money make my own outfits. I remember one particular saturday night, all of the girls were wearing really long skirts made more ways to make money of tweed. I created identical ones for me and my best friend more ways to make money at the time, but when she showed it to her mother, she said, “you’re not going out wearing that! What will the neighbours think?” in the end, I held up my coat so she could change into more ways to make money it on the bus. I was also constantly playing around with make-up at home. I had a rag doll that had those spikey eyelashes, so I bought false eyelashes for myself and created what more ways to make money became known as my sort of "look".

Then a friend suggested that I should get some test more ways to make money shots done for modelling, and I booked myself in for a hair appointment as more ways to make money prep. I was sitting in leonard’s – a posh hairdresser in mayfair – when leonard himself asked if he could try out a more ways to make money shorter cut on me and have barry lategan photograph it more ways to make money for the salon wall. At that point, my hair was down to my shoulders and parted in more ways to make money the middle, and I loved it – although I had dyed it a peculiar colour out of more ways to make money some box. After a bit of hesitation, I agreed to the chop, and it launched my fashion career nearly overnight. The journalist deidre mcsharry met with me a few weeks more ways to make money after seeing my picture, then ran a story in the daily express declaring me more ways to make money “the face of ‘66”. Shortly after that, diana vreeland at american vogue decided I was “it”, and my life became a whirlwind.

Over the next four years, I was photographed by the greats – from richard avedon to david bailey to bert stern – wearing top designers, from saint laurent to pierre cardin. To be honest, though, I remember less about the clothes I wore as a more ways to make money model than I do about the shoots themselves. There was one day in particular when I was working more ways to make money with avedon, and he glued a pear-shaped, 69-carat harry winston diamond to my forehead like a third more ways to make money eye. At one point, I asked to go to the loo, and I was told that a bodyguard would have to more ways to make money come with me. It turned out to be a young girl sitting in more ways to make money the back who had a revolver in her tiny handbag. She even made me leave the door slightly ajar in more ways to make money case I tried to do a runner. It really made me laugh.

Even after I started earning my own money though, my taste remained quite similar. I adored bill gibbs, who designed the most fantastical clothes. I still have the outfit he sent me for the more ways to make money premiere of the boy friend, my first film with ken russell. It’s made from fine cream wool – high-waisted and voluminous, like a costume out of a period film. He hand-embroidered it with bluebirds, and it came with a teal velvet cape lined with more ways to make money pale blue silk. Honestly, though, my heart always belonged to biba. By then, I had become friends with its creator barbara hulanicki, who is still my style icon. Every time she designed a collection, she would send over one of everything in a taxi. Heaven. I wore her pieces with clothes I found in kensington more ways to make money market – bright velvet trousers and afghan coats that smelled truly horrible more ways to make money whenever it rained. Ah, the things we do for fashion. It will never change.

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