Muses

Nico (1938 - 1988)

Becoming a model in Germany as a teenager, Christa Paffgen, was named Nico by the photographer Herbert Tobias and went on a successful career in Paris working with Chanel and Lanvin. Settled in New York, in 1955, she took acting classes and appeared as a minor role, in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in 1959. In 1965, she met Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones who introduced her to Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey with whom she collaborated for their experimental films such as Chealsea Girls. She also rapidly became the Velvet Undergound's leading singer but soon preferred a solo career with her 1967 album, Chelsea Girl with contributions by Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. During the 1970s, Nico becomes the French director Philippe Garrel's partner and muse. The icy bohemian icy rose to superstar junkie icon with her androgynous style à la Marlene Dietrich, her deep Teutonic voice but also her sad languid presence enhanced by her battle against drug addictions, her introspectively dark music and the conflict following the birth of her son certainly fathered by Alain Delon who always denied his paternity.

Tags / Nico - It Women - Muses - 1960s - Music - German Singer - Model - Drugs
Nico performing live onstage at De Lanteren in Rotterdam in Holland, photographed by Rob Verhorst, 1984
Nico performing live onstage at De Lanteren in Rotterdam in Holland, photographed by Rob Verhorst, 1984
Nico performing live onstage at De Lanteren in Rotterdam in Holland, photographed by Rob Verhorst, 1984
Nico performing live onstage at De Lanteren in Rotterdam in Holland, photographed by Rob Verhorst, 1984
Nico performing on a TV show. 1968
Nico performing on a TV show. 1968
Nico, Screen Test by Andy Warhol,1965
Nico, Screen Test by Andy Warhol,1965
Nico and John Cooper Clarke by Peter Noble, 1985
Nico and John Cooper Clarke by Peter Noble, 1985
Nico by Fiona Adams, 1960
Nico by Fiona Adams, 1960
Nico by Danny Fields, 1969
Nico by Danny Fields, 1969
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Guy Webster, 1967
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Simon Bedford at John Cale's apartment for an abandoned album cover idea, 1974
Nico by Dan Plutchak, 1976
Nico by Dan Plutchak, 1976
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1979
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1979
Joe Strummer and Nico after Clash concert, 1979
Joe Strummer and Nico after Clash concert, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Michael Zagaris, 1979
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1980
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1980
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, ca. 1980
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, ca. 1980
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1979
Nico by Antoine Giacomoni, 1979
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1955
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1955
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1956
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1956
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1956
Nico by Herbert Tobias, 1956
Nico by Willy Maywald, 1956
Nico by Willy Maywald, 1956
Nico by Danny Fields, 1974
Nico by Danny Fields, 1974
Nico by Philip Townsend, 1965
Nico by Philip Townsend, 1965
Nico, Promotional for the perfume Mon Péché by Lanvin, photographed by Willy Maywld, 1962
Nico, Promotional for the perfume Mon Péché by Lanvin, photographed by Willy Maywld, 1962
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Nico by Jacques Moutin for Jardin de Modes, 1957
Assistant cameraman Ennio Guarnieri, Nico and Federico Fellini on the set of La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960
Assistant cameraman Ennio Guarnieri, Nico and Federico Fellini on the set of La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960
Nico by Herbet Tobias for Vogue, 1956
Nico by Herbet Tobias for Vogue, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff for Camero, 1961
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff for Camero, 1961
Nico by Lisa Law, 1967
Nico by Lisa Law, 1967
Andy Warhol and Nico, 1967
Andy Warhol and Nico, 1967
Nico by Elaine Mayes, 1967
Nico by Elaine Mayes, 1967
Nico by Alain Dister, 1972
Nico by Alain Dister, 1972
Nico by Michael Putland, 1974
Nico by Michael Putland, 1974
Nico by Richard Peterson, 1978
Nico by Richard Peterson, 1978
Nico by Rocco Cippilone, 1988
Nico by Rocco Cippilone, 1988
Nico by Rocco Cippilone, 1988
Nico by Rocco Cippilone, 1988
Nico, Screen Test by Andy Warhol, 1966
Nico, Screen Test by Andy Warhol, 1966
Andy Warhol, Nico and The Velvet Underground,by Steve Shapiro, 1965
Andy Warhol, Nico and The Velvet Underground,by Steve Shapiro, 1965
Nico and Lou Reed on the balcony of Le Château in France, ca. 1965
Nico and Lou Reed on the balcony of Le Château in France, ca. 1965
Nico, 1965
Nico, 1965
Nico, 1965
Nico, 1965
Nico, Promotional for cosmetics Germaine Monteil, by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico, Promotional for cosmetics Germaine Monteil, by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico by Jeanloup Sieff, 1956
Nico for Pageant Magazine, 1961
Nico for Pageant Magazine, 1961
Nico by Willy Maywald, 1960
Nico by Willy Maywald, 1960
Nico by Jerry Schatzberg, 1961
Nico by Jerry Schatzberg, 1961
Nico by Jerry Schatzberg, 1961
Nico by Jerry Schatzberg, 1961
Nico by Leopoldo Pomés, 1960s
Nico by Leopoldo Pomés, 1960s
Nico, 1962
Nico, 1962
Nico, 1965
Nico, 1965
Nico wearing Jean Dessès, photographed by Willy Maywlad, 1957
Nico wearing Jean Dessès, photographed by Willy Maywlad, 1957
Nico wearing Jacques Heim, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico wearing Jacques Heim, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1960
Nico by Guy Arsac, 1960
Nico by Guy Arsac, 1960
Nico by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico wearing a dress by Michel Goma, photographed by Joseph Grove, 1960
Nico wearing a dress by Michel Goma, photographed by Joseph Grove, 1960
Nico wearing a dress by Lanvin-Castillo, photographed by Joseph Grove, 1960
Nico wearing a dress by Lanvin-Castillo, photographed by Joseph Grove, 1960
Nico wearing Carven, photographed by Pierre Derly, 1959
Nico wearing Carven, photographed by Pierre Derly, 1959
Nico wearing a two-piece by Bernard Sagardoy, photographed by Pierre Derly, 1959
Nico wearing a two-piece by Bernard Sagardoy, photographed by Pierre Derly, 1959
Nico wearing tunic and shorts by Grès, photographed by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico wearing tunic and shorts by Grès, photographed by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico wearing Nina Ricci, photographed by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico wearing Nina Ricci, photographed by Roland Vassal, 1961
Nico in Times Square by Steve Schapiro, 1966
Nico in Times Square by Steve Schapiro, 1966
Nico in Times Square by Steve Schapiro, 1966
Nico in Times Square by Steve Schapiro, 1966
Nico, Cover of the album 1969 - Velvet Underground Live, 1969
Nico, Cover of the album 1969 - Velvet Underground Live, 1969
Nico wearing Cardin, photographed by Georges Véron, 1964
Nico wearing Cardin, photographed by Georges Véron, 1964
Nico, ca. 1965
Nico, ca. 1965
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