Happy Fourth of July! Our Favourite American Fashion Icons
The land that gave us Levi Jeans, Vogue Magazine and Converse All Stars just keeps on giving. Here are ten iconic women who have continued to influence over the decades.
Ernest Hemingway called the famous singer and dancer “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.”
In her glitzy stage costumes, Josephine led the way for the glamorous ‘flapper girl’ style of the Jazz Age.
The original femme fatale, Veronica was the star of 1940s Hollywood noir. Though she was less than five feet tall, she was a huge presence during the decade.
To this day, she is cited as a beauty icon and women all over the world still emulate her signature waved hairstyle.
In the late 1950s to early 1960s, the stylish First Lady was arguably the most famous woman in the world.
She is credited with bringing pill box hats, oversized sunglasses and skirt suits into popularity.
The soul singer epitomised the Disco era of the 1970s.
As the lead singer of The Supremes, she revolutionised night club style with her beaded do-rags, costume jewellery and slinky evening dresses.
That infamous poster of the Charlie’s Angel star in her red swimsuit is the most replicated of all time, and turned the blonde actress into an international pinup.
With her trademark flicked locks, bell bottoms and crochet vests she was the girl-next-door of the 1970s.
The 92-year-old is one of New York City’s most famous, and colourful, residents.
She has been intrinsically linked with fashion all her life, and currently lectures in the subject. Her style was the subject of a retrospective in the Costume Institute, entitled ‘Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel’.
The one time Editor in Chief of Vogue hit the nail on the head when she said “style- all who have it share one thing: originality”.
The influential editrix was adamant that beauty should not define a woman, but elegance, class and style were not to compromised.
An ubiquitous supermodel of the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy elevated denim shorts and white vests into must have items of every girl in the world.
Her athletic figure, term as a host on House of Style, a Playboy nude photoshoot and marriage to actor Richard Gere ensured she was one of the most talked about models of her time.
Sarah Jessica Parker
As a star in her own right, and equally as her fictional alter ego Carrie Bradshaw, SJP is a trailblazing fashion icon.
Never boring, her red carpet outfits are most often by visionaries such as Alexander McQueen, Halston, Oscar de la Renta or our own milliner extraordinaire Philip Treacy.
The fact that she got married in a cashmere jumper, shorts and a tulle skirt says it all- the style maven doesn’t follow trends, she sets them.
In the oversaturated fashion industry where everyone has a stylist on call, the socialite/model/reality star/designer never ceases to amaze with her impeccably outfits.