The leggings (straight from dance class, no pants meant no changing), the dangling door-knocker earrings , the bleached cropped hair, the kohl smudged eyeliner – these are the components of Edie Sedgwick that become stuff of legend. Emulated a hundred times over. Her fashion and style. Her speed-induced, lithe “je ne sais quoi“.
This troubled “It Girl”, early Warhol muse and trust-fund socialite lived a life so filled with her emotions, so spotted by her troubled feelings and so intense that her star went super nova, burned, collapsed in quick succession. The aspiring actress once auditioned for Norman Mailer’s play The Deer Park, but Mailer thought she “wasn’t very good… She used so much of herself with every line that we knew she’d be immolated after three performances.” Her life, allegorically, was lived much like said audition.
What is not often discussed are her surrounding – not the people – but the furniture.
Edie, originally from Santa Barbara, California, grew up on a ranch. She loved horses and could ride from a young age. An excerpt from Patti Smith’s Just Kids, “‘The lady’s dead.’ Bobby called from California to tell me that Edie Sedgwick had died. I never knew her, but when I was a teenager, I found a copy of Vogue with a photograph of her pirouetting on a bed in front of a drawing of a horse. She seemed entirely self-possessed as if nobody in the world existed but her. I tore it out and put it on my wall. Bobby seemed genuinely stricken by her untimely death. “Write the little lady a poem,” he said and I promised I would. In writing an elegy to a girl like Edie, I had to access something of the girl in myself. Obliged to consider what it meant to be female, I entered the core of my being, led by the girl posed before a white horse (176).”
For someone so avant-garde and on the cusp of the pop-culture world of glitz and glam, Edie’s stately room was subdued. It reeked of her socialite, New England-drenched upbringing. In a way, it seemed almost grandmotherly.
Shop by the Numbers:
- Target – Threshold™ Exploded Floral Toss Pillow in Blue. Threshold is the new Target Home rebrand and features an assortment of entertaining essentials, accents and well-designed, decorative accessories. Riding and equestrian influences are everywhere in the collection, from the leather handles on a hammered silver serving buckets to a horse silhouette on an outdoor rug.
- Target – Threshold Floral Sham in Beige. Go crazy for paisley.
- CMQ Studio – An 8×10 Giclee Print of an Arabian Stallion horse. The ink sketch is titled Wild Stallion. The illustration features a loose sketch technique.
- One King’s Lane – 1970’s Mark Hapton Chintz Sofa. The Charming chintz sofa is from a Washington, DC home designed by Mark Hampton, covered in a chintz fabric of his own design. It’s kitschy yet comfortable, muted yet loud.
- Jonathan Adler – Pets without the responsibility! Jonathan fell in love with these Rhinos while traveling in England. They make a great footstool or occasional seat or a great topic of conversation the next time you entertain. These animals are handcrafted from top quality, full grain leather and no two animals are exactly the same.
- Lamp’s Plus – Wrought Iron Pavilion Wall Candle Holder. Edie once almost burned down her apartment because she left candles unattended. A wall sconce is an easier (and safer) way to be a bit careless. The flowing curves of this candle holder will brighten up a room even before the candle is lit. Made of sturdy wrought iron in a natural looking rust finish.
It’s not that I’m rebelling. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way. – Edie Sedgwick