July 2007

Edie: Girl On Fire

Chronicle Books LLC

  • 680 Second Street
  • San Francisco , CA

(415) 537-4200

abc Edie: Girl on Fire xyz is a visual documentation of the life and times of Andy Warhol’s greatest muse and asset. Filled with never-before-published photographs and film stills, the reader witnesses the rise and fall of a young and eccentric girl who never fully got hold of her own life. Edith Minturn Sedgwick was born into a family of wealth and famous ancestors. Though to outsiders her life seemed one of luxury, Edie was the quintessential poor little rich girl. Her tumultuous relationship with her father would be the thorn in her side that she never learned to remove.

Both a debutante and a member of an elite social circle, Edie was well received anywhere. Her choice to relocate to New York would be the grand entrance into the world of Andy Warhol. It would actually be Edie’s own personal contacts that would help launch Warhol’s career into newfound levels of success and open doors to him to a high society. Andy indulged Edie into becoming a member of his own group of friends and characters; downtown men and women with a penchant for drugs. It would be the latter that would become a life long struggle for Edie (and eventually the cause for her death).

Edie’s extreme beauty, pixie-like figure, charm and natural approach to fashion, turned Edie into a style icon. Her chandelier earrings and bottles of applied make up along with a pageboy haircut, gave way to an important look that even still represents the 60’s. Though towards the end of her life, Edie felt exploited, her life in pictures to this day are cherished and stand as an inspiration to many. abc Edie: Girl on Fire xyz captures the pretty side of a wild girl who meant well.

Reviewer: Francisco Murillo, FIDM Library Staff Member