She took the risqué swinging London look and married it with chic Parisian style in the 60s, tamed songwriting legend (and love-rat) Serge Gainsbourg for 13 years and even had a bag by arguably the world’s most exclusive luxury fashion brands, Hermés, named after her in the 80s. In short Jane Birkin is every inch an enduring sex bomb and our rockin’ style icon this week.

The British singer, actress and model rose to fame in the 1960s – becoming an icon in France after meeting and beginning a high-profile relationship with Serge Gainsbourg on the set of the French film (her first lead role), Slogan. Birkin’s lithe figure and sultry stare made her one of the most recognisable women in Europe through the 60s and 70s, but it was her uninhibited, unselfconscious approach to dressing that made her one of the most influential – she’s perhaps best remembered for being photographed with Gainsbourg in a beyond-mini ultra-sheer black dress sans bra (woot-woo).

Her provocative sex-appeal carried through to her music career – in 1969 she and Gainsbourg released the sexually explicit duet ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus’ (‘I love you… me neither’ which he had originally written for Queen of the bombshell’s Brigitte Bardot), causing a scandal and banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain and the UK – mostly due to Birkin’s simulated orgasm by the song’s end… And that was just the beginning for Birkin, who went on to enjoy film and music success over the following decades – and give birth to three gorgeous and talented creative daughters. Ooh la la, Jane Birkin c’est tres sexy chic!

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in 'Slogan'

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