There are a few women in history that marked the style at that time, but even today they are known as icons to have in mind. See here some personalities that are style icons and will remain forever as it.
Marilyn may have been the original blonde bombshell, but Brigitte Bardot was nipping at her heels from across the pond. The French’s resident kittenish blonde first emerged wearing typical ‘50s fare — girly, wasp-waisted, full-skirted dresses — before settling into her own style routine. Her wardrobe for summers spent in St. Tropez consisted of countless bikinis (she is credited with popularizing them), short shorts and easy sundresses, but besides that her regular ensembles were usually a casual affair.
Debbie Harry’s distinct sound pulled influence from both the disco-era past and punk-rock future; and so did her look. It was equal parts ‘70s glam — slinky, one-shouldered dresses perfect for dance floor twirling and, as she proved, thrashing about on stage, heels and hot pants — and hard-edged rock: think skin-tight, high-waisted black jeans, leather jackets, ripped-up tights and all manner of beat-up rocker tees. The one constant that remains even to this day? That signature shaggy bleached blonde crop.
The definitive Hitchcock blonde turned fairytale princess, Grace Kelly had a natural, quiet elegance that shone through both on and off screen. Whether she was wearing a gown and tiara, or capris and a button-down, the key to Kelly’s look was always appearing understated. A year after marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955, she used a boxy crocodile bag by Hermes to conceal her growing baby bump. Thanks to her international style icon status, the bag quickly became famous and so Hermes renamed it in her honor.
The original blonde bombshell, Monroe exuded sensuality with every step she took; in fact, it’s rumored that the stilettos she wore always had one heel shaved down to achieve that slightly off-kilter gait, so she literally wiggled while she walked. During her brief life, Monroe sported what are now considered some of the most iconic outfits of all time: the billowing white halter-neck dress worn over a subway grate in The Seven Year Itch, the pink satin strapless number with opera-length gloves and layers of sparkling jewels in Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, and the sheer, skin-colored, rhinestone-encrusted dress she had to be sewn into to sing “Happy Birthday” to JFK.
Without Bettie Page there would be no Dita Von Teese. No Katy Perry. No Christina Aguilera. The Playboy model turned pin-up queen never wavered from her signature look: teeny tiny bikinis and body-grazing outfits to complement her famously copious curves, reddened lips and that short, blunt fringe known nowadays simply as “Bettie bangs.” In her everyday wear the hemlines were modest (at the knee) and the accessories (like low-heeled T-strap shoes and dainty purses) feminine, but the silhouettes were also always snug, and her petite waist emphasized.
There was no woman more emblematic of ’70s, disco-era fashion than Diana Ross. While she could be considered just as influential during her reign as queen of one of the most successful ’60s girl groups ever (the Supremes, natch, in their matching ensembles), a decade later her fashion sensibility gained an appealingly sultry vibe. Much of it seemingly in step with that of Tracy, the over-the-top stylish fashion designer she played in Mahogany.
The world’s newest style icon represents royalty’s next generation. Since capturing Prince William’s heart, Kate Middleton’s every move has been diligently chronicled by the British press – including where she shops for clothes. And the princess’s sartorial choices have been a pleasant surprise for many Brits: the girl likes a bargain and can often be spotted in the inexpensive boutiques of London’s High Street. For everyday wear Middleton appreciates the easy versatility of a good dress, particularly wrap styles or a floral print by designers like DVF, Joseph, Reiss and Issa (the line’s navy blue dress that she wore to announce her engagement inspired legions of copycats). And, in very un-princess-like fashion, she isn’t afraid to wear something more than once.
The Material Girl’s icon status can be chalked up to one very important trait: fearlessness. From the moment she arrived in New York’s Times Square in 1978, Madonna had a pluck and attitude that came through no matter what she was wearing: in those days it was likely torn jeans, a white tee and a treasure trove of jewelry. Over the years her style statements evolved with her music — lacy underwear as outerwear, fingerless gloves, stacks of jelly bracelets and a crucifix for Like a Virgin; black leather jacket and a white tee, plus a platinum crop for True Blue; the famous Gaultier cone bra and sharply-tailored suits for Blonde Ambition; and throwback ’70s disco glam, complete with a Farrah Fawcett coif for Confessions on a Dance Floor.
Princess Diana’s evolution from a shy, ruddy-cheeked country bumpkin into a fashion icon happened right before our eyes. When she first appeared on the arm of Prince Charles her outfits embodied youth and innocence: Fair Isle sweaters, Laura Ashley-esque ensembles and ruffled gowns in girly fabrics like chiffon and taffeta. And her wedding dress just may be the best example of her lack of style savvy: an enormous meringue of a gown with a legendarily long train.