The world of fashion is always changing with brand-new, innovative styles every season, but all those unique styles were inspired by classic fashion icons and the trendy outfits that they wore.
As icons, not only have these women – and their unique sense of style – changed the face of fashion, but they have also inspired change in the world.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 female fashion icons of all time.
1. Audrey Hepburn
If you’ve seen the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” then you’ve seen the iconic little black dress as Audrey Hepburn is most famous for.
She was a fashion icon in the 1950s and continues to be one today. Ask any girl and she will definitely say that Audrey Hepburn is one of her fashion icons.
2. Marilyn Monroe
Another ‘50s Hollywood star, Marilyn Monroe became one of the most recognized fashion icons of all time.
One outfit she is widely known for is her white halter dress in “The Seven Year Itch.” This was a dress she wore over a subway vent as her skirt swirled around her waist.
But aside from the glitz and glam of fashion, she was also famous for her one-piece swimsuits, high-waisted bottoms paired with shoulderless tops, and her dress made with metallic shimmering fabric.
Her fashion choices remain timeless even until today.
3. Princess Diana
Mother to Princes William and Harry. Princess of Wales. Fashion Icon.
Because she was part of the royal family, there were a lot of rules about the way she should dress. But Princess Diana was a rulebreaker. She used fashion to make a statement, and she used her un-royal and rebellious fashion choices to make an impact on the world.
4. Diana Ross
A legendary music icon, Diana Ross was also known to be a classic fashion icon.
With her gorgeous afro and her stunning sparkling floor-length gowns, her fashion style continues to influence fashion today.
5. Grace Kelly
Academy-award actress turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly was known for her feminine ensembles.
She wasn’t necessarily extravagant but when she wore her princess tulle gowns, she displayed a level of elegance no other woman could pull off.
6. Naomi Campbell
“With great power comes great responsibility” and Naomi Campbell definitely embodied this ideal when she became a world-renowned supermodel.
As a fashion icon, she uses her voice to fight for human rights and she works with charities for a better future for Africa.
7. Elizabeth Taylor
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
Elizabeth Taylor had a taste for dramatic accessories and was especially known for the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond given to her by one of her husbands, Richard Burton.
She was also known for her bold fashion choices, including her curve-enhancing white swimsuit and figure-hugging halter neck dress.
8. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Aside from being the wife of the late President John F. Kennedy, Jackie was very accomplished in literature. And while she was still alive, her sense of style was very unique.
She wore equestrian-inspired clothing, capes, shoulder-baring gowns (which was a daring move in the ‘60s), and pillbox hats.
9. Gabrielle Bonheur
Does the name sound familiar? If it doesn’t, maybe Coco Chanel will ring a bell.
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel is a famous French designer. She started her fashion empire by selling hats and now she’s known for designing haute couture.
She’s also known for her trademark suits and little black dresses.
As a successful model, she was known for her daring sense of style including “The Mini.”
If you’ve worn a mini skirt, mini dress, or anything 6-7 inches above your knees, then you should probably know that Twiggy was the one who made it famous.
And there you have it.
10 of the most iconic females in the fashion industry including the looks they were known for and how they shaped the fashion industry today.
How about you? Do you know of any other iconic women in the fashion industry?