Jean Woods is a 76-year-old grandmother from Bath with fantastic style. Following the death of her husband of 56 years, she wanted to find a job but couldn’t believe anyone would want her. Her sons suggested she approach Gap – they offered her a job on the spot. She featured in the Channel 4 documentary ‘Fabulous Fashionistas’ which delighted the British public with its portrayal of older people with a flair for fashion. Jean, whose favourite shops include Topshop and Urban Outfitters, says her fashion sense has been liberated and strengthened as she’s got older, and she is now much braver in her style choices.
In her sixties today, Rodin is the model of spare elegance. She says of herself, “I really don't spend too much time getting ready! I like to be out the door in no time.“ It’s this natural, devil-may-care brand of beauty that won her modeling jobs when she moved to Italy to study at age eighteen. That was in the Mod Sixties, when Rodin wowed all with her Twiggy eyelashes, over-the-knee boots, maxi coat, and five-inch skirt “That was more like a handkerchief.”
Returning to New York in the Seventies, Rodin ran a successful boutique, perhaps one of the first "concept" stores in New York's Soho. She had stints as a stylist at Henri Bendel in the Gerri Stutz days, and then as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Eventually, she became a freelance stylist— acknowledged as one of the best in the business.
Rodin has dressed the most gorgeous and charismatic women in the world; from Laetitia Casta, Madonna and Halle Berry to supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Adriana Lima.