FRANCE’S FAIREST EXPORT– FRANCOISE HARDY | IMMORTAL BELOVED STYLE & MUSIC MUSE

francoise hardy grand prix helmet

Francoise Hardy on the ‘Grand Prix’ film set seen wearing co-star James Garner’s helmet, 1966.

Francoise Hardy was a wistful breath of fresh air during the sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s. Mysterious, sweetly naive, and utterly desirable. She was adored by Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and more. The incredible enduring images of Hardy, particularly those by famed photographer Jean-Marie Perier (who shot her donned in Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Andre Courréges, and Paco Rabanne), made her an instant and timeless style icon. With her faraway gaze and lazy smile, Francoise Hardy is like a melancholy dream that you simply don’t want to wake up from. Her unease with fame and adoration is at times clearly evident in her photos– serving only to make her even more alluring.

Francoise Hardy on the ‘Grand Prix’ film set

Francoise Hardy resting in a Formula One race car during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966.

.

Francoise Hardy Playing In The Film 'Grand Prix'

Francoise Hardy sitting on a Formula One race car during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966. –Photo by Francois Gragnon

.

francoise hardy honda motorcycle

Francoise Hardy perched atop a Honda motorcycle is an all-time internet #babesonbikes favorite.

-

Françoise-Hardy-F1-Car

Francoise Hardy resting in a Formula One race car during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966.

-

franciose hardy grand prix formula one car

Francoise Hardy sittting in a Formula One race car during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966.

-

francoise hardy antonio sabato john frankenheimer grand prix

Francoise Hardy, Antonio Sabato, and director John Frankenheimer on the set of 1966′s Grand Prix, which won three Academy Awards. The four stars— James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato did their own driving on real GP tracks. World-famous “Grand Prix” drivers who appear in the picture include 1962 world champion Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, World Champion in 1959, 1960 & 1966; five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1951, ’54, ’55, ’56 & ’57), and 1961 World Champion Phil Hill. via

-

grand prix francoise hardy formula 1 one

Francoise Hardy with Formula One racing legend (Sir) Jack Brabham, three-time World Champion, during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966. Brabham was the first driver in history to be knighted for his services to motorsport, and the only Formula One driver to have won a world title in a car of his own construction – the BT19 – which he drove to victory in 1966. The following year the Brabham team won its second successive world championship when New Zealander Denny Hulme drove the BT20 to victory. via

-

francoise hardy sunglasses camera

Francoise Hardy snapping photos during the filming of Grand Prix, 1966.

-

francoise-hardy-photo-jean-marie-perier-portait

Francoise Hardy – Photo by © Jean-Marie Périer

-

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Francoise Hardy posing at her Paris home (in a 670/671 Eames lounge chair?), 1970— Image by © Leonard de Raemy/Sygma/Corbis

-

francoise-hardy-jean-marie-perier-hair

Francoise Hardy – Photo by © Jean-Marie Périer

-

francoise hardy guitar

Francoise Hardy playing guitar

-

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Francoise Hardy in Central Park, 1969. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis

-

francoise-hardy-photo-jean-marie-perier-montmartre

Francoise Hardy in Montmartre – Photo by © Jean-Marie Périer

-

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Sylvie Vartan & Francoise Hardy on French TV. — Image by © James Andanson/Apis/Sygma/Corbis

-

Singer Francoise Hardy at Olympia Hall in Paris

Francoise Hardy at Olympia Hall in Paris, 1965. — Image by © Pierre Fournier/Sygma/Corbis

-

Francoise-hardy-amsterdam-1969

Francoise Hardy in Amsterdam, 1969. – Photograph by Joost Evers

-

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Singers/songwriters/spouses, Jacques Dutronc & Francoise Hardy, 1965. — Image by © Leonard de Raemy/Sygma/Corbis

-

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporation

Georges Moustaki and Francoise Hardy, 1969 International Pop and Rock Festival of the Isle of Wight. — Image by © Jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma/Corbis

-

FranÁoise Hardy et Georges Moustaki, Paris, 1970 par Jean-Marie PÈrier

Georges Moustaki and Francoise Hardy on a Honda motorcycle in Paris, 1970. – Photo by © Jean-Marie Périer

-

13 thoughts on “FRANCE’S FAIREST EXPORT– FRANCOISE HARDY | IMMORTAL BELOVED STYLE & MUSIC MUSE

  1. Great pictures JP.. A CB750 .. dare I say my first true love of the Honda Kind.. Ahhhh…. Yess
    And the lady isn’t to bad either. :)

    Tim

  2. I was only listening to her brilliant & much overlooked album ‘Message Personnel’ a couple of days back. It really IS brilliant with that Serge Gainsbourg production wizardry!! :-)

  3. Good looking sexy, for sure. Took a look at her current photos. Looks like ” Father Time ” took another victim.

      • Greg ..I’d have to agree completely . Being inn my late 50′s if I and my wife both look half that good at age 69 we’ll both be completely thrilled silly !

        Got to add as well … as a kid watching ” Grand Prix ” in the theater I thought she stole the show … and as an adult watching the Limited Edition DVD…. I’m still kind of convinced she did … and I’m a major league F1 fan !!

  4. great post. She is discreet, so her iconic aura is a bit more subtle than others but she was “la merveilleuse” dixit Jean Marie Perrier, THE go-to photographer of that era. “La Merveilleuse” – the wonderful one.

  5. I’ve always wondered about her ever since watching ‘ Grand Prix ‘ back when it was released but just never bothered to follow up on my curiosity … so thanks for filling in some of the gaps

  6. Agree completely, Greg. I always wish “Father Time” would do an age progression of those who think they’d look half as good at 69 (~ must be incredibly handsome). She’s still beautiful.

  7. I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard of her before. I should know this stuff. Thank you for posting those classic photos: the first one, of her wearing James Garner’s helmet, could have been taken yesterday; it’s just timeless. (Also check out her website: she looks fabulous to this day.)

Comments are closed.