Anna Karina was named by Coco Chanel, so it's probably no surprise that she still remains in the fashion pantheon today. Although perhaps not as well-known as her French New Wave contemporaries, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina has nonetheless had a lasting impact on the fashion world, having created a fresh and very French girlish persona and style that still resonates with designers and tastemakers worldwide.
First a model, the Danish Anna first appeared on film in black and white in Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat after being discovered by him in a soap commercial in 1959. Though her trademark bright colours had yet to appear, the French press was already excited by her screen presence and fresh, innocent style. The world took notice, however, after her technicolor turns in both Pierrot Le Fou and Made In USA, also directed by Jean-Luc Godard. After releasing several albums as a musical artist and ye-ye girl in France, Serge Gainsborough created a vibrant, color-saturated musical called "Anna!" in 1967, based on her look and personality.
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