When it comes to fashion, we all have our sources of inspiration. For instance, having a fashion icon you are able to look up to them for more than fashion inspiration. You become influenced by who they are, how they became and the way they carry themselves that gives them their signature style!
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel”
The creator of the little black dress, Coco Chanel was born as Coco Chanel was born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. Chanel learned the basics of fashion when she learned to sew while living in an orphanage as a child. In 1910, she opened her first clothing store. She rose to her fame in fashion by becoming known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits paired with elegant accessories, such as strands of pearls.
New York born with Russian descendants, Bacall began her journey into fashion by becoming a model and appearing on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazine. Bacall was noted for her cat-like grace and her voice, documented as a “smokey sensual purr”. Her fashion consisted of all-American elegance with dawning evening gowns and sharp suits.
A beautiful yet troubled Hollywood beauty, Monroe didn’t fail to show off her sense of fashion during her time of fame. Monroe was famous for not only her curves but for the beautiful dresses she wore. Against her personal troubles, she always made it a point to emphasize how important it is to be yourself and be beautiful within yourself.
Credited as the most daring icon in the fashion industry. Hepburn was known to be one of the very first female celebrities of her era to style pants in women’s fashion.Beyond the many movies she starred in, In her youth to last days, she enjoyed an active lifestyle such as playing tennis and swimming. As a woman of her era, she was active in many political rallies and was immensely private with her life. Hepburn set the pace in fashion by breaking glamor barriers, including the glamor taboo of wearing pants in women’s fashion. This set a trend for women all over the country to begin wearing more casual clothing.
Not a very well known name such as Chanel, Cheruit was known to have been a big part of the fashion world. She became one of the first women to control a major French fashion house, at the turn of the century. Chéruit began working as a dressmaker at the Raudnitz & Cie House of Couture in the late 1880s. However, her talent was beyond exceptional that she eventually took over the salon and its more than 100 employees in the year 1905. She renamed the salon Chéruit. Later, She helped launch the career of Paul Poiret by supporting his designs, won the praise of Vogue, and was notably one of the few couture houses that remained open during the first World War.
A Ukrainian fashion designer, Valentina emigrated to the United States during the October Revolution. Making a name for herself in America, Valentina became known for her gorgeous floor-length evening gowns while women in the era were adorning short skirts and her designs “stood out” amongst the rest due to their elegance. Her shop, Valentina’s Gowns opened in 1928 on Madison Avenue. As her fame grew, Valentina became a highly reputable fashion designer, designing gowns for stage and screen actresses such as Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson and Katharine Hepburn.
Famously known for her handbags, Miuccia Prada was born in Milan, Italy. She released her first handbag in 1985 and began creating famous collections of handbags from then on. Partnering with her husband, Prada released both a womens and mens clothing line in both 1989 and 1995 respectively. In 1993, Prada was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America International award. In the following year, her collections appeared in both Paris and New York Fashion Week. With the expansion of her company, Prada is known for her collections in apparel, shoes and fragrance for both men and women.