Justin de Villeneuve photographs: Faces of the Sixties


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Photographer Justin de Villeneuve is best known for having launched the career of iconic supermodel Twiggy. An exhibition of his work opening at Proud Galleries tomorrow includes some of the best examples from his portfolio and is an album of faces of the Sixties.

Born Nigel Jonathan Davies and taking the name of Christian St Forget during his hairdressing apprenticeship with Vidal Sassoon, Justin de Villeneuve created his lasting alias after a chance meeting with a then fifteen year old Twiggy. De Villeneuve became Twiggy’s manager and the pair started a romantic relationship: so began Justin de Villeneuve’s career as a photographer.

Proud Chelsea will exhibit intimate black and white fashion portraits with Twiggy, photo shoots with Pattie Boyd for Italian Vogue, sittings with David Bowie for his infamous Pin-Ups album cover and stills of Marsha Hunt, poster girl for the musical Hair.

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Faces of the Sixties: Photographs by Justin de Villeneuve, 17 May to 8 July, www.proud.co.uk