'Twiggy', 1966 by Barry Lategan

Barry Lategan

Platinum Print
Paper size 57 x 75 cm (22 1/2 x 29 1/2 in)
Image size 43 x 50cms (16 7/8 x 19 3/4)
Artist’s Proof

Signed and dated 2012 in pencil
Artist Proof
Certificate of Authenticity from 31 Studio / The Platinum Printroom
Provenance | Private Collection


Dame Lesley Lawson DBE (née Hornby) was born in September 1949. An English model, actress and singer she is better known by her nickname Twiggy. In January 1966, aged 16, she had her hair coloured and cut short by the celebrity hairdresser Leonard in his salon in Mayfair. The hair stylist was looking for models to try out his new crop haircut and he styled her hair for test head shots. Legendary photographer Barry Lategan took several photos for Leonard, which the hairdresser hung in his salon. Deirdre McSharry, a fashion journalist from the Daily Express, saw the images and asked to meet the young girl. These famous pictures became a symbol of the swinging 60s in London and catapulted Twiggy to stardom. Quickly she became a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model known for her thin build and the androgynous appearance a result of her big eyes, long eyelashes and short hair. She was named "The Face of 1966" and voted British Woman of the Year. By 1967, her fame had spread worldwide modelling in France, Japan and the US on the covers of Vogue and Tatler.

Barry Lategan

Legendary photographer Barry Lategan was born in 1935 in South Africa and came to the UK to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is a British fashion and portrait photographer, best known in the 1960s for his discovery of, and early work with, Twiggy. He has photographed Princess Anne, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Iman, Germaine Greer, Calvin Klein, Margaret Thatcher, Sol Campbell, John Major, and Salman Rushdie. His photography has been exhibited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, the Olympus Gallery, the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, and the South African National Gallery.