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‘Doctor Zhivago’ Star: 10 Photos Showing Her ‘60s Stylishness
Julie Christie in 1966 Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty

The British Invasion didn’t just bring incredible music to American shores; it also introduced us to a new wave of movie stars who became cultural icons. Leading this glamorous new breed was Julie Christie, a striking British blonde who shot to A-list stardom with her roles in films like Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Don’t Look Now, and Shampoo during the ’60s and ’70s.

Christie’s breakout role as a model in 1965’s Darling earned her an Academy Award, capturing the allure and effervescence of Swinging London. Over her career, she garnered three more Oscar nominations: for her part in the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the 2007 romance Afterglow, and the 2006 drama Away From Her.

At 84 years old, Julie Christie hasn’t acted since 2017, but her legacy endures. She exhibited her range in different genres, shining equally in grand historical epics like Doctor Zhivago (1965), artful dramas like Petulia (1968) and Don’t Look Now (1973), and comedies like Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978).

Her impact on ’60s culture was so profound that Time magazine once said in 1967, “What Julie Christie wears has more real impact on fashion than all the clothes of the ten Best-Dressed women combined.” Let’s take a journey through some of her iconic style moments that defined an era and inspired countless women.
Julie Christie in 1964 Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty

Christie’s striped blazer and jaunty cap (complete with a pair of binoculars) made for an unforgettable ’60s ensemble, bursting with whimsical charm.
Julie Christie in 1964 Michael Ward/Getty

In another memorable fashion moment, Christie managed to make lounging in a bathtub in a shiny black dress look effortlessly chic.
Julie Christie in 1965 Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty

Posing in a little white dress, complete with a pillbox hat, boots, and pigtails, Christie’s look was the epitome of mod British fashion in 1965.
Julie Christie in 1965 Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Recognized as one of the great beauties of her time, Christie’s bangs and mascara accentuated her mesmerizing blue eyes, setting many a ’60s beauty trend.

Despite her fashion icon status, Christie confessed to feeling self-conscious about her looks when she first found fame, saying, “I would cringe if I saw my picture on the cover of a magazine staring out at people who didn’t know me. And if I saw somebody reading about me it would be the most horrible experience, because I knew they’d be reading a fantasy that would be far removed from anything to do with me.”
The actress in 1965 Silver Screen Collection/Getty

In a youthful ’60s ruffled mini dress, Christie admitted she often didn’t feel cool enough or well-dressed. Reviewing these pictures, it’s hard to agree—her fashion sense was undeniably spot-on.
Julie Christie in 1965 Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Christie embodied the femme fatale look with a sleek bouffant and a revealing black cocktail dress, perfectly capturing a classic and timeless aesthetic.
Julie Christie in 1965 © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty

Christie’s colorful patterned dress and extravagant curly hairpiece showcased her ability to pull off groovy ’60s styles effortlessly.
Julie Christie in 1966 Bettmann/Getty

At the 1966 Oscars, Christie accepted her award in a gold jumpsuit she made herself, becoming the first woman to receive the honor in pants. It was a bold fashion statement that remains iconic to this day.
The actress in 1968 Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty

In 1968, Christie captured the boho style with a floppy burgundy hat, a leaf-printed shirt, and a silver coin necklace, perfectly embodying the era’s spirit.
The actress in 1968 Jeremy Fletcher/Getty

One of her timeless looks included a smart double-breasted coat paired with high boots and big sunglasses, showcasing her impeccable fashion sense.

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