Actress, model, singer, composer and Warhol Factory muse, Nico did it all with style and grace.
Her biggest film credits involve her playing herself. Warhol appointed her as chanteuse of The Velvet Underground despite the band's reluctance. After meeting Bob Dylan he immediately wrote a song for her to record. There was something magical about Nico, something irresistible. Her style was minimalistic but distinct. Her face was strong, not a delicate bone in her body, with hard edge cheekbones and a prominent nose. But the look worked. She appeared in a major ad campaign for Lanvin and then went on to work with Coco Chanel herself in the late 1950s. In the '60s she befriended Warhol and began to work with the Velvet Underground. Her voice was raw, deep and hauntingly beautiful.
She seemed to embody the vibe of the 1960s mixing dashes of Parisian glamour with London street style and a New York City edgy rawness. These cities all influenced her heavily, but it is her homeland of Germany that gave her a signature obtuse quality. Everything about her is still entirely relevant to this day -- The Velvet Underground is noted as one of the most influential rock bands in history and her timeless, effortless look is being revived with current trends toward minimalism and monochromatic ensembles.
[caption id="attachment_5119" align="aligncenter" width="953" caption="The Iconic Banana: 1967 cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico"]
[caption id="attachment_5123" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Nico & Lou Reed"]
[caption id="attachment_5109" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="She had a role in Warhol's Chelsea Girls where she played Nico herself"]
[caption id="attachment_5121" align="aligncenter" width="875" caption="An all Nico style inspiration mood board for an Andy Warhol themed NYE party"]
[caption id="attachment_5108" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="Nico & Andy Warhol"]