This is an amusing story about the filming of the movie Factory Girl. At the time, I only made 3 pairs of this earring .
One was on location and the other 2 were in my home. I got a call one Saturday afternoon from the wardrobe stylist in Louisiana. She asked me to send another earring by FedEx, so it arrives on Monday morning. She only asked for one earring, not a pair. The story is that while filming a scene in a hay barn, one of the earrings fell off Sienna’s ear and dropped in a hay stack. They looked but could not find the missing earring. They had to finish the scene while filming the actress on one side only, so you couldn’t see she had only one earring on.Read More
This is another earring style that I believe Edie made herself with other parts of jewelry. I believe she did this to achieve a longer shoulder duster look. My version is called Edie Superstar. I studied her original , then made my version. The bottom hoop looks like a typical hoop earring of that era, made in India in the 60’s. The drops on the original earring were Indian clamshell beads. The part in the middle appears to be a pearl cup but the pearl is missing. When I created mine, I left this mistake in, as it looks more authentic. The top hook is probably part of a bracelet station. It looks Equestrian. Horse themed jewelry was popular then. The ball top was the same top used on the butterfly earrings. On my version, I kept the same Indian inspired pattern as the beads, to tie the whole look together. This is just my opinion. If anyone can shed more light on this, please do!!!Read More
When I worked on the movie Factory Girl, the wardrobe designer and I researched these earrings to see who made it or where Edie got it. No information was found. I even asked Billy Name (one of the Warhol Factory people) if he could remember anything about this and he said no. I believe that Edie made this herself.
In the 60’s you couldn’t find really long shoulder duster earrings like you have today. I think Edie put these together with 2 necklaces and parts from other pieces of jewelry she had.
To add length Edie took a necklace chain and cut it and put the ends together and added a post ball top. (quite common then) to get the desired effect.
It’s possible she and Andy went to a flea market on 23rd St & 6th Ave in the Chelsea section of N.Y.C.. This was in existence then. They had a lot of Jewelry made in India, I noticed on the original some Indian clamshell beads.
This is my theory and just my opinion. If anyone have more information or thoughts, please let me know. If what I say is true, Edie could have been a good jewelry designer! Link to my Original Butterfly Dangle EarringRead More
From the moment I saw this earring on Edie Sedgwick in the 1970’s, I knew I wanted to recreate it. Edie made this earring iconic wearing it in famous Andy Warhol photo, coming up from the man-hole cover in NYC.
When I made this earring for the movie Factory Girl, my first generation sample was made of casted white metal. It proved too heavy. It was used in the movie that way , but if I was going to sell this earring to the public, I knew I needed to make it lighter.
I used a process called Photo -etching. I drew a sketch of the design and a picture of Edie and took it to a company in Rhode Island. They produced thin sheets of brass in any design. In about 2 weeks I had my sample. It was everything I wanted, Light dangly and loads of detail.