She may have become a reclusive eccentric in her later years, but Brigitte Bardot did and still does represent an ideal of womanly beauty that I, to be honest, long to see today... maybe a touch too sex kitten too often, but it beats the hell out of the strange mix of androgynous boy-girl and quasi-prostitutes (a la Pussy Cat Dolls) that have replaced said former ideal of feminine beauty (I suppose at least there are a few now (ideals) instead of one).
If you're ready to see more than just 'interesting' beanpoles during London Fashion Week this fall, the James Hyman Gallery in London will be exhibiting 75 vintage prints of Bardot taken between 1956 and 1970 by famous photographers (and paparazzi).
Brigitte Bardot and The Original Paparazzi
September 3rd to October 3rd
James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London W1S 3PD (020 7494 3857)