Monday, 28 January 2013

Older models: Peggy Moffitt at 72


Who better to wear this season's monochrome trend than sixties model Peggy Moffitt? The modtastic 72-year-old has been photographed by Tim Walker for the latest issue of Love magazine. With her trademark five-point cut and heavy eye make up, Moffitt makes the perfect mannequin. In a combination of vintage Rudi Gernreich clothes and spring/summer 2013 designer gear, this model is still swinging in her seventies. Confirming my strong belief that you don't have to have youth to have style.




There's a fantastic video on Nowness of Moffitt discussing her career. Of the legendary, topless monokini photo, she says, 'Think of something in your life that took one-sixtieth of a second to do. Now, imagine having to spend the rest of your life talking about it. I think it's a beautiful photograph, but, oh, am I tired of talking about it.'


I'll say no more.


22 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Wow, she certainly has a very strong look and looks striking in these photos. Not sure about the heavy eye makeup, but hey, it's obviously not meant for walking down the local high street in Wolverhampton ;-) Amazing pics! xo

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

love love love her!!! the thing is - there are plenty of younger models that I just dont aspire to at all and i look at someone like her and think - oh to be just as cool as her at that age.

I am also partial to Pam who features on the fashion at any age in the Guardian.

Monique Low said...

She looks incredible - like June Brown aka Dot Cotton, on acid. I really hope that when I get to her age, I have even just a fraction of her, f*** it' attitude.

Vix said...

Hooray for women in their 70s having the balls to dye their hair black! She hasn't changed a bit, I've got a couple of books with her 1960s shots in them. x

Judy C said...

Thank you for bringing Peggy back. It is lovely to see that her style hasn't been lost to her age. She gave the 60's elegance.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This is so cool! She seems to be leading a fun life during a time the rest of the world thinks you should be in a rocking chair and sipping tea. These pictures are amazing! Thanks so much for the post....

The Style Crone said...

Breathtaking! I am in awe of the photos of Peggy Moffitt. Your 'older model' series is one of my favorites, as you continue to inspire with your photos and commentary about the image of women as they age. Brava!

Kathy said...

Mixed feelings. I'm not a fan of the "clown" look on any age, so while I appreciate her style, it's just not a look I love. Has nothing to do with her age, but I do love this series.

Fashionistable said...

Oh wow she is just amazing. And as always Tim Walker brings us fantastic images. Xxxx

Michelle Braverman said...

Peggy's message is to be true to yourself no matter what your age. She carries confidence by the pail-full and has in fact always looked this way. A problem for most of us is finding who that person is, or at least what she looks like. We may never, but kudos to those who do.

Déjà Pseu said...

Like Kathy, I'm not big on the clown looks, but she is very striking and dramatic, and can model the hell out of those bold looks.

mette said...

I don´t feel comfortable looking at pictures like these.
I keep wondering why.
Not meaning, that a woman over 70 should be invisible, but these pictures are not to my liking.

J.W. said...

I didn't like these clown looks back in the 60s and I haven't warmed up to them all these years later.

IMO the hair and makeup are just too stark for a mature woman. She should keep her 'style' but it should grow with her, rather than be a time warp.

I like your series on older models. Thank you.

puncturedbicycle said...

I think she looks fab in every way except for those gormless modelly doll-head expressions, which look ridiculous on women of all ages. There was a lot of faux-surprised face and faux-baby face going around in the 60s and maybe that's the sort of thing they were looking for here.

trixiebacon said...

Looks very Dr Seuss-ish to me!

WendyB said...

I like that she keeps doing her thing. Oh and this -- 'Think of something in your life that took one-sixtieth of a second to do. Now, imagine having to spend the rest of your life talking about it. I think it's a beautiful photograph, but, oh, am I tired of talking about it.'

So true!

Bella Q said...

You and me: same page! Just saw the fantastic viddy of Peggy this more over at Nowness- so inspirational on many, generational levels. And these pics of her at 72 are just as inspiring as the ones of her in her youth. I love how unique she is, how timeless her drama.

any2ndnow.com said...

Hello! Came here via Bella from The Citizen Rosebud, and I remember Peggy modeling back then cheers to her for still keeping that signature look and how fab she is! This is the perfect photoshoot for her. She still looks fantastic. Great post!

xoxo
Cyrillynn

Sacramento Amate said...

How fabulous she is, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
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I know you love the south.
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Patti said...

She owns her look, and has no fear, brava for her!

That's Not My Age said...

Monique - she does look like June/Dot!

Kathy/Deja Pseu/JW - I agree the crazy doll make-up isn't to everyone's taste but, like Wendy, I just like the fact that she just keeps on doing what she's doing.

punctured bicycle - yes, some things are best left behind.

LPC said...

For some reason she scares me. Maybe that's on purpose?