Jane Birkin: Everything you need to know about the 70's IT girl

 


- She was born in London and grew up in the posh area of Chelsea

- She was bullied at school because of her looks!

- At 17 she married the composer John Barry and divorced him 4 years later. 


- She appeared in the Michelangelo Antonioni's film 'BlowUp' and created a storm because of her nude scene. 

 

- She won the role at the French movie 'Slogan' and relocated in Paris. 

 

- She got romantically involved with the French star Serge Gainsbourg and had a daughter with him, the actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg. Their relationship often made headlines and added to her celebrity status.


One of her most significant contributions to the music world was her collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg on the controversial song "Je t'aime... moi non plus" (1969). This sensual duet sparked controversy and was initially banned in several countries due to its explicit lyrics. However, it also became a global hit and an anthem of love and passion. 


- Jane Birkin's unique style has influenced fashion trends over the decades. Her love for simple, bohemian-chic ensembles, natural beauty, and effortless elegance made her a fashion icon of the '60s and '70s. Even today, her fashion choices continue to inspire designers and fashion enthusiasts alike.

 

- On a plane to London she accidentally sat next to the chief executive of Hermes and expressed her frustration about not being able to find a stylish weekend bag. Later the fashion house created a bag based on Birkin's idea and named it after her. This bag now is considered a status symbol and can cost from 10K to 500K! 

 

- In 2015 she sent a letter to Hermes asking to remove her name from the bag because stating she wanted the company to "debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place. Herm├Ęs announced soon afterwards that it had satisfied Birkin with new reassurances on this.

 


- She was found dead at the age of 76 in her home in Paris. 

 

Jane Birkin's multifaceted career and contributions to music, film, fashion, and humanitarian causes have made her an unforgettable and cherished figure in popular culture. From her memorable collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg to her enduring impact on fashion, her mark on the world is indelible. 

 

 

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