She was a muse in the Swinging Sixties. She inspired several fashion designers as Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne and Judith Milgrom (Maje).
In the sixties, Mick Jagger declared Françoise Hardy his ‘ideal woman’, while Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her. By the mid-60s, Françoise had become more than just a successful singer. She was also a style icon having been selected by the fashion houses Yves St Laurent and Paco Rabanne to wear her dresses and gracing the covers of magazines such as Elle and Paris Match.
With her famous androgynous silhouette, she perfectly wore silver ski suits, minis, and colored dresses. She bridged two worlds with her boho sex appeal (long dark and straight hair, low fringe, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) and pared-down mod aesthetic (chiseled cheekbones, an intense gaze, a Courrèges wardrobe). Her elegant, world-weary ballads like Comment te dire adieu (written by Serge Gainsbourg), Mon amie la rose or later Message personnel were obligatory listening for the cool cats and the hipsters alike. An icon in the mid-Sixties the cool girl with the acoustic guitar and beautiful voice captivated many.
She was a muse for Bob Dylan who pursued her as did Nick Drake, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger.« I had no interest in Dylan as a man, only as an artist… she recently declared. Jagger was different. He is someone I could really have fallen for. Unfortunately, he was with Chrissie Shrimpton at the time ».
After Brigitte Bardot T-shirts in January, the French fashion trademark Maje paid an homage to Françoise Hardy with a capsule collection. The collection based on imagery of the Le temps de l’amour singer represented a second look back to the Swinging Sixties for designer Judith Milgrom.