Saint-Tropez is a village in the south of France blanketed in a luminous light that attracted a host of artists at the turn of the 20th century. The village saw its zenith in the middle of the 1950s, when Franco-Russian filmmaker, Roger Vadim brought cameras to its sun-soaked beaches to make his first film And God Created Woman, starring Brigitte Bardot. Her role in the film made her the leading sexual icon of the day. The film along with Bardot’s decision to take up residence in town caused a sensation.
Artists, movie stars, playboys, jetsetters, and models would spend sunny days and glittery nights in the lustrous haven, helping it become the wildly hedonistic party scene that it is today.
(Images-In the Spirit of St. Tropez: Assouline, Roz Joseph, Corbis, Luc Fournol, Paris Match, Europress, Roger-Viollet, Andanson/corbis, Angeli, Rue des Archives, Jean Pierre/LaVoile rouge, Hurn Magnum, Vincent Roux, Terry O'Neill.)