No one embodies the spirit of Mod quite like Peggy Moffitt, L.A.'s own 1960s-era muse.
Moffitt, model and collaborator with modernist designer Rudi Gernreich, appears in a number of memorable images from the period, including this black-and-white gem from "Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?" the 1966 cult French film by director and photographer William Klein that is a satirical send-up of the fashion industry. Seated at the far left, Moffitt, plays herself. She appears in only two scenes in the film, including this one, depicting a group of young models dressed in stripes, against a backdrop of stripes, applying their Kabuki-like makeup.
We caught up with Moffitt, 72, to discuss the photograph, which was undoubtedly tacked to a number of designer inspiration boards for the spring fashion season and its embrace of graphic style.
"I think I met William Klein the second day I was in Paris," says Moffitt, who modeled in Europe in the 1950s and '60s. "He asked me to be in the film, and I was sorta dragging my heels because I didn't want to be in another film that put down fashion. I was convinced to do it eventually, and it was amusing. I didn't see the film for years and years because by the time it came out, I was back in the U.S., and it was kind of an underground movie. I didn't actually see it until a couple of years ago. And you know, I think the most famous thing about the movie is that picture. It's a wonderful picture, and he's a wonderful photographer."