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  • Style Icons: Nine Muses of Classic Fashion

    July 10, 2019 5 min read

    From Marilyn to Twiggy, there are countless women who have dazzled us with their unique sense of style. These celebrities, along with designers and stylists, help take fashion movements from trendy to timeless. Learn more about nine of our favorite fashion icons below!


    Superstar Icon • 1988-

    "I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that's a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that's the thrill in fashion."

    Rihanna is an international superstar. She is the 7th best-selling musician worldwide, among the ranks of The Beatles and Michael Jackson. When she's not recording hit songs, Rihanna is working on building her fashion empire! Recently, Rihanna announced that she is in the works of launching her own fashion house with LVMH. Known for rocking streetwear styles as well as designer pieces, Rihanna has been the leader of many fashion trends throughout the years. Most recently, she has popularized oversized outerwear.

    Lady Gaga

    Pop Icon • 1986-

    "My fashion is part of who I am, and though I was not born with these clothes on, I was born this way."

    Lady Gaga, a multitalented pop star, has worn shocking, showstopping, and sophisticated ensembles throughout her years in the spotlight. From her infamous avant-garde outfits to her modeling gigs, Gaga is nothing short of a fashion icon. She loves designer clothes and isn't afraid to take risks. Whether she's wearing dramatic headpieces, religious-inspired pieces, or extravagant ball gowns, Gaga always seems ahead of the trends, or seemingly, in a fashion world all her own.


    Mod Icon • 1949-

    "There's no need to dress like everyone else. It's much more fun to create your own look."

    Twiggy is known as one of the world's first supermodels. By the age of 17, she had one of the most recognizable faces in the world. The name Twiggy originated as a nickname for her small, thin figure. She is credited for popularizing the boyish style that has remained trendy for decades. Her short hair, small frame, and signature painted lashes were a perfect canvas for the shift dresses, colorful prints, and other daring styles from the 60s and 70s.

    Brigitte Bardot

    1960's Icon • 1934-

    "I wanted to be myself. Only myself."

    Brigitte Bardot was a ballet dancer turned actress who strived for her individuality and inspired many other women to do the same. She became a symbol of a "liberated modern woman". Her fashion seemed to reflect the very values Bardot stood for. Her teased, "bedhead" and beehive hairstyles are still mimicked today, especially on the runway. She is credited for popularizing cat-eye makeup, pale pink lipstick, and the Bardot neckline, an off-shoulder style that was named after the woman herself! She eventually retired to dedicate her life to animal welfare.

    Audrey Hepburn

    Classic Icon • 1929-1993

    "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

    Audrey Hepburn was an actress during Golden Age Hollywood. Her elvish features and effortlessly chic style captured not only her millions of viewers, but also haute couture fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. Hepburn was Givenchy's muse for countless iconic looks, most notably, the "Little Black Dress." Hepburn's classic style still lives on and keeps cropped pixie pants, black turtlenecks, ballet flats, trench coats, and white button-up shirts popular and relevant.

    Marilyn Monroe

    Blonde Bombshell Icon • 1926-1962

    "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

    Marilyn Monroe has become a symbol of glitz, glamour, and 1950's culture. An actress, singer, model, and celebrity, Monroe was a mainstay of pop culture... and even politics! Her style changed throughout the years, but she always loved outfits that showed off her curves. Some of her favorite pieces included halter dresses, pencil skirts, and cashmere sweaters. She was known to opt for neutral colors... except for her signature red lipstick, of course!

    Dorothy Dandridge

    Glam Icon • 1922-1965

    "Somehow, people just like to look at me."

    In one word, Dorothy Dandridge was glamorous. A revolutionary actress and performer, Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, Her elegant style was expressed through her fashion choices. Whether she wore a fitted gown or chose dramatic off-the-shoulder styles, Dandridge always dazzled her audiences.

    Katharine Hepburn

    Menswear Icon • 1907-2003

    "I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun."

    Katherine Hepburn, an Oscar award-winning actress, was a fashion trailblazer! In a time when androgyny was looked down upon, Hepburn used her unique sense of style to create a wardrobe which incorporated menswear-inspired pieces like blazers, trousers, and suits. Known her bold ensembles and business wear, Hepburn is still an inspiration for girls who enjoy wearing classy and dignified outfits, even if it means bending gender norms!

    Josephine Baker

    Art Deco Icon • 1906-1975

    "Beautiful? It's all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest. . . beautiful, no. Amusing, yes."

    Josephine Baker is known for her stunning style, great performances, and activism in civil rights! Originally from the United States, Baker got her start in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. While living in Paris, Baker's style reflected the Art Deco movement that was so popular at the time. She was one of the most well-known "jazz babies" in Europe. Baker later served as a spy for the French Resistance! Her activism in social issues and one-of-a-kind style is still celebrated in many communities!

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Who is your favorite style icon? Let us know down in the comments below which celebrities have inspired you!


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    Holland Haycock

    Holland is a full-time student who is passionate about art, music, and female empowerment. She plans on earning her doctorate's degree and becoming a college professor. In her free time, she loves writing songs and visiting museums. Her fashion philosophy is pink on pink on pink.

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