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Delphine Seyrig, the forgotten fashion icon of French cinema, might finally receive her due. This week, MoMA celebrates her aloof elegance with "Variations...

Luis Buñuel and Delphine Seyrig on the set of “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” in 1972.

Luis Buñuel and Delphine Seyrig on the set of “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” in 1972.

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Delphine Seyrig, the forgotten fashion icon of French cinema, might finally receive her due. This week, MoMA celebrates her aloof elegance with “Variations on an Enigma,” the first American retrospective for the actress who turned icy chic into an art form in the early Sixties, starring in New Wave classics directed by Alain Resnais and François Truffaut. If Catherine Deneuve was the Gwyneth Paltrow of her day, then Seyrig was Cate Blanchett, intensely sophisticated, but with a hint of naughtiness. Her tousled bob in “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” and “Muriel” sent cinophilic copycats to their hairdressers, and her Coco Chanel designed wardrobe in “Last Year at Marienbad” showed just how edgy the bougie look could be.