Brigitte Bardot is having a moment. Suddenly, there are Bardot-alikes everywhere we look, from gap-toothed supermodel Lara Stone with her curvaceous figure and sultry poses, to Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s blonde bombshell Georgia May, pouting like a pro in the new Hudson campaign, and BB clone Claudia Schiffer’s return to supermodel league, as the current face of Yves Saint Laurent.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s recent autumn/winter 2009 couture show opened with Lara Stone sporting Bardot’s signature sexily dishevelled beehive-y bedhair, smudgy eyeliner and a foxy black trenchcoat, a look inspired by the sex kitten’s starring role in the 1963 new wave movie Le Mépris, by Jean-Luc Godard. And all those stripy tops and straw boaters this summer? Of course, we all talked about being inspired by Coco Chanel, but secretly we hoped we looked like Bardot (naturellement, no one did the stripy top look better than Schiffer).
But now you can gaze upon the features of the original and still the best: Brigitte herself – in her heyday, teasing the paparazzi on the Croisette at Cannes, modelling for photoshoots, and on the set of Le Mepris – at a gorgeous exhibition of iconic and never-seen-before photos. Bardot & the Original Paparazzi opens to the public tomorrow at the James Hyman Gallery, London W1 (click here for more details). We predict wall-to-wall pouting.