How to become an icon? Just be yourself. London graphic designer Celia Birtwell appears in many of David Hockney’s works of art, not because of her glamour or traditional beauty, but because she was his friend, she made him laugh, he liked her style. Their closeness comes through in his romantic pencil portraits. As does the languid mood of Swinging London from the 1970s, epitomized by Celia’s vintage lingerie. Celia would love the Old Hollywood styles from Jane’s Vanity. So will you.

Be inspired by “Celia in a Black Slip Reclining, Paris Dec 1973.” Choose Lise Charmel’s Sexy Rebelle Silk Chemise: black bralette cups, flowing body in semi-sheer georgette, sumptuous lace trim. Black stockings add to the bohemian look. Try the Gerbe Futura 40 Stay-Ups.

Or consider “Celia in a Negligee, Paris, 1971.” Look the part in the portrait-worthy Deshabille Tulle Robe from Gilda & Pearl. Its short style adds a bit of decadence to its sheer ivory tulle and scalloped French lace.

A pretty robe makes a Celia image. She wore one well in “Celia, Carennac in 1971.” For your own iconic version, select something colorful and drapey. Violet & Wren’s Camo Bloom Longline Kimono is bold and beautiful.

To learn more about Celia, read the elegantly-produced Celia Birtwell by Celia Birtwell, St. Martin's Griffin, 2011. In it, Hockney pays homage to her many faces. A nice reminder of how our own complexity makes us intriguing. Strike a pose in artful creations from Jane’s Vanity.   

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