1960’s Icons


1960's icon- Hairspray the Musical UK Tour

The 1960s was a decade of change, and nowhere was this change more prominent than in popular culture. As younger generations waved goodbye to old fashioned values, they embraced new styles of music, beauty and art and welcomed a hoard of popular culture icons who set the style standard for a generation.



Edie Sedgwick– Most commonly known as the world’s first ‘It’ girl. Born into a wealthy American family, she became an international household name after teaming up with Andy Warhol after he chose her as his muse due to her intriguing and individual look.

Edie Sedgwick

© Jerry Schatzberg/Corbis (1966) under This License

Dame Shirley Bassey-The Welsh singer shot to global fame in the 60’s after recording the soundtrack to the James Bond film “Goldfinger”.


The Beatles– British band The Beatles found unbelievable fame during the 60’s after the rise of Beatlemania and became international music sensations, leading the ‘British Invasion’ of the US charts. Here they are in their 1963 televised concert ‘It’s The Beatles Live’

Andy Warhol– This controversial artist rose to fame, selling Pop Art to New York’s elite throughout the 60’s, mass-producing sellable art and avant-garde films and making every-day images iconic.

© Andy Warhol (1962)

Twiggy– Arguably the most famous model of the 60s, Twiggy’s look revolutionised fashion beauty standards.


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Mary Wells– The 60s saw a new era of music on a number of platforms, and with this new era came the beginning of Motown. Mary Wells was the Motown songstress whose hit ‘My Guy’ knocked The Beatles off the number one Billboard 100 spot in 1964 and paved the way for further Motown success, and you can see why in this performance on 1965 television show Shindig.

Audrey Hepburn – With the iconic Breakfast At Tiffany’s released in 1961, Hepburn’s fame followed her from the 50s into the 60s, continuing her status as one of the world’s greatest beauty icons and most successful actresses.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (1956)

The Temptations– One of the 1960’s biggest selling male groups who have released over 100 singles and over 40 studio albums. Arguably one of their biggest singles “My Girl” was released in 1964 and reached number 1 in the US Billboard chart.


Don’t miss a taste of the 1960’s in Hairspray the Musical in one of our remaining tour venues.