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BardotFFrench actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot reportedly said “I started out as a lousy actress and have remained one,” but there’s no doubting her enormously influential fashion legacy.

Bardot worked with the great film director Jean-Luc Godard,  who was a key part of the French New Wave movement in the 50’s and 60’s, and is still regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time.  In fact, at the recent 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Godard’s film Goodbye To Language tied  for the Jury Prize with Quebecois director Xavier Dolan (Mommy).

Brigitte Bardot on set of Le Mépris(Contempt),1963

Brigitte Bardot on set of Le Mépris (Contempt),1963, directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

One of  Godard’s great 60’s heyday film is  Contempt (1963), staring  Bardot, and I had a chance to see the film this winter as part of TIFF Cinematheque ‘s Godard Forever-Part 1 retrospective. A sizzling hot Bardot  wears all kinds of great 60’s looks. Her style has influenced generations of women and is absolutely on trend this summer 2014.

The second part of TIFF Cinematheque’s comprehensive retrospective on Jean-Luc Godard will take place this Fall at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

There are  many gorgeous images of Bardot, and as usual  I’ve gone overboard.  Here are some of her notable quotes and a gallery of images exploring her influential fashion legacy.

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