— Picasso, Sylvette and Bardot

Picasso first asked the model, Sylvette David, to pose for him in 1954.

When word got out about Picasso’s new “muse“, popular magazine Paris Match published an article with photographs of Sylvette David, which was read by French film director Roger Vadim and his first wife Brigitte Bardot.

 

Picasso refused to paint Bardot, but Vadim was so impressed with Sylvette David’s look that he had Bardot dye her brunette hair blonde and wear it in a high ponytail with espadrilles and matador pants, sparking the birth of a new fashion throughout Europe and the US.

 

Brigitte Bardot watches Pablo Picasso at work in his studio in Vallauris during the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Images from top:

 

1. Brigitte Bardot watches Pablo Picasso at work in his studio in Vallauris during the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

 

2. Sylvette David poses for Pablo.

 

3. One of a series of 40 portraits of Sylvette.

 

4-5. Picasso and Brigitte at his home.

 

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