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Twiggy vs. Lindsey Wixson

It would be redundant to say that every decade has its iconic model. However, rare is the model with an enduring career, and rarer still is the model who manages to be so perfectly in sync with the fashion zeitgeist that they come to be revered as a larger symbol of pop culture as a whole, a force bigger than fashion and yet inextricably linked to it at once. Twiggy [née Lesley Hornby], arguably Britain’s most famous face, has come to represent the 1960s first and mod fashion second– the style and attitude of a decade practically imprinted on her gamine face. Fast forward to the 2010s and rising model Lindsey Wixson– who has recently dominated the runway and advertising campaigns for labels like Miu Miu, Mulberry, and Alexander McQueen– seems poised to join Twiggy in the model’s hall of fame as the face of a new decade. While the two women differ greatly in appearance– Twiggy was all eyes; Lindsey is all lips– a certain similarity in attitude, a certain insouciance, is palpably appreciable across the two models’ body of work. Below, a comparative study between these two iconic faces…

 
 

 

 

 

Lindsey by Janelle Burger                                                                     Twiggy by Jared Purrington

Image credits [where possible] from L to R from top:  Wixson by Gabrille Revere; Wixson in Miu Miu Resort 2011 campaign; Twiggy in Italian Vogue, 1972; Wixson in Miu Miu S/S 2010 campaign; Wixson on the cover of I-D Magazine #309.

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