Celebrating Ten Timeless Fashion Icons
The Trailblazers of Fashion History
While seasons in this industry are constantly changing and trends are out the door just as they’ve entered your wardrobe, there are some moments of fashion that stay evermore. We pay tribute to the timeless icons that changed couture forever.
Grace Kelly | The Preppy Princess
The American actress (1929-1982) became a royal after marrying the Prince of Monaco in 1956 and has had an unmatched influence on fashion. Grace Kelly flourished in designer outfits, royal ballgowns, playful art pop colours and feather-trimmed gowns. She’s maintained the effortless yet elegant refined style throughout her short life and became the master of chic minimalism.
Vivienne Westwood | Punk, New Romantic & Beyond
Not only does Vivienne Westwood capture the creative imagination but she always raises awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With her record of forty years in design, Westwood has a recognised global grand and is one of the most unconventional, outspoken and influential designers today and helped shape the look of the punk rock movement in the late 1970s.
Diana Ross | Maximalist
The decadent and unadulterated glamour of Diana Ross made her a fashion visionary. She had a show-stopping approach to style with sequins and sparkling embellishments that made her a standout icon in her day and launched a legacy that thrives even today, forty years on.
Bridgette Bardot | French Girl Chic
The undeniable style icon of the 50s and 60s was famous for her film roles and her iconic seaside looks. The French-born actress (1934) trained as a ballet dancer and kept the elegance of demure femininity as she progressed onto the screen.
Twiggy | The Mod Model
Leslie Hornby, nicknamed ‘Twiggy’ for her slender figure, revolutionised the fashion world in the late ’60s. A trendsetter, daring dresser and the inspiration for brief, bare and daring. Quickly Twiggy became the icon for long, false eyelashes, exaggerated eye makeup and the cropped hairstyle.
Jackie-O | Chic Simple
The First Lady of Fashion…Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), the American socialite, writer and photographer who became First Lady of the United States when she married late President JFK. She was popular during the presidency due to her devotion to the White House and her children, but she also quickly became an international fashion icon. She had an eye for French aesthetics, for elegant Chanel suit sets, pillbox hats, gloves and pearls. Jackie-O revolutionised the voluminous coif when it became her signature hairstyle. Everyone loved her chic feminine style and she quickly made it possible for women everywhere to show more skin and still be seen as graceful.
Audrey Hepburn | The Little Black Dress
Not only was Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) the friend and muse of Hubert Givenchy, but she was also the star of many inspirations. Coco Chanel was the mastermind behind the Little Black Dress, but it was popularised when Audrey took centre stage in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – as was Tiffany and Co. The sleeveless dress and her long black gloves became a signature, and it soon became the “must-have” for every wardrobe.
Janis Joplin | 60s Music and Style
Music legend and boho fashion idol…Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was the psychedelic rocker, first queen of rock n’ roll, and icon of the hippie era. Constantly adorned with bright colours, beautiful fabrics and a lot of jewellery, Joplin was an inspiration for many. She’s remembered for her rebellious lifestyle and extraordinary voice; the late singer paved the way for women in rock and the style that preserves today.
Cher | Avant-garde and Epitome of Glitz and Glamour
The Goddess of Pop was known for many things and her impact on fashion history is defiantly one of them. Cher quickly became a global style icon in the seventies from her risqué cut-outs, full-sequined looks and extravagant headpieces. She constantly discarded any ongoing trends and created her own, causing a few controversies, but her initiative in everything she did is the reason her impact was so huge in the fashion and music industry.
Edie Sedgwick – Night Out
The American actress and fashion model, dubbed ‘The Girl of the Year’ in 1965, was a gamechanger of night-out dressing. Edie Sedgwick (1943-1971) wore leotards with tights and heels, mini dresses and rarely made an appearance without her signature chandelier earrings. Her style intrigued the world during her time and still continues to serve as a reference for the fashion scene today.
The trailblazers of fashion history; creating a new world of sequins, simple chic, glamour and fabulous headwear. Who knows where the world would be without them. The mark they left is eternal and our love for their creations will never wink out. These timeless ladies are fashion; dapper, daring and de rigueur...
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Ezri is a lover of coffee, music, film and writing. If she isn't reading a new book every week, she's finding the time to visit the newest cafe hotspot, art exhibition or curled up on her couch watching all of the early 2000's movies.