The 60s saw a massive cultural shift, where young people started to become the drivers of popular culture and fashion. Trends stopped starting in the great haute couture houses of Paris, and started on the streets of London and New York instead. The womanly New Look was replaced by baby doll dresses, Mary-Jane's and models with the wide-eyed and button nosed beauty reminiscent of children.
Models had always been young, but now they looked young too.
Dutch beauty Wilhelmina Cooper was a top model in the 50s and early 60s, and once she moved behind the camera, she established Wilhelmina Models which, alongside Ford Models, became a top model agency for many decades.
These pics of brown eyed Wilhelmina are quintessentially sixties; I love the coquettish poses and the heavy eye make-up.
Wilhelmina - who was played by Faye Dunaway in the movie Gia (Angelina Jolie starred in the tragic leading role) - worked with models as diverse as Lauren Hutton, Janice Dickinson, and Angelica Huston. She also discovered Donyale Luna, who is often named as the first black supermodel. A statuesque beauty with a phenomenal figure, she appeared on the cover of UK Vogue and TIME magazine in 1966.
Sadly Donyale's life turned out to be almost as tragic as Gia's, and she passed away due to drug abuse at a young age.
Jean started modelling in 1960 and soon hit the big time thanks to her boyfriend, photographer David Bailey. Jean became his muse and appeared on covers all over the world; soon she was being labelled the face of the decade, recognised as one of the key components of swinging London.
Jean's face and figure suited the bold new styles of the 1960s to a tee, although funnily enough she never cared much for fashion.
These shots are from the 1960s, when Lauren was at the top of her game. Of course she still works as a model sometimes today, and she is as drop dead gorgeous as ever.
And last but not least, who cannot be moved by the lovely face of Italian model Benedetta Barzini? Don't you love the big eyes and big hair? Along with Marisa Berenson, she was one of the most famous models on the 'scene' in New York in her heyday, and she became a feminist activist in the 1970s, and now teacher back in her native Italy. She sounds like a fascinating woman.