Influential Women Who Changed The Fashion History

Posted on January 28 2019

Influential Women Who Changed The Fashion History

Influential Women Who Changed The Fashion History

For many years, women were constrained in the way they dressed. The clothes showed the status and many times, women were not allowed to choose their own outfits. Religion and politics have been a strong influence in a women’s self-expression.

But thanks to iconic, powerful and independent women, such as Annette Kellerman, Luisa Capetillo and Micheline Bernardini, we have been winning our rights and equality. Here is a list of the most iconic women who have transformed the fashion industry.

Brigitte Bardot

Actress, singer, dancer and fashion model who became a screen legend and an icon of style. For the ensuing years, she became the embodiment of the liberated modern woman. She was one of the best-known sex symbols of the 1950’s and 1960’s and was widely referred to by her initials. B.B. Bardot.

Bettie Page

The fifties pin-up model referred to as the “Queen of Pinups” has been a hidden treasure for many years. Bettie Page found empowerment and identity in her style. She was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in the pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion and someone who had a tremendous impact on our society.

Mary Quant

English fashion designer and fashion icon. She became an instrumental figure in the 1960’s London-based Mod and youth fashion movements. Widely credited for the mini skirt and hot pants and by promoting these, she encouraged young people to dress to please themselves and treat fashion as a game.

Grace Kelly

One of the first actresses to cultivate her own signature style, which was simple, but refined and elegant. Her look was clean, classic and simple - something startlingly different from the voluptuous screen sirens of the 1950s, starting a whole new trend in fashion.

Coco Chanel

She doesn’t need any introduction. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in post -world war 1 era with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and then popularizing a sporty, casual chic and feminine standard of style. She has had more influence on the fashion industry than any other designer. Her future vision and personality built the most coveted and respected labels in the world.

Marilyn Monroe

Actress, model and singer. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950’s and was emblematic of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality. She empowered women even decades after her death. Her mark on the fashion industry is indelible, as an icon of femininity and sexuality and as a fashion visionary she helped propel virtually unknown designers to fame.

Frida Kahlo

An artist whose work was inspired by the nature and artefacts of her native Mexico. Moved by the country’s popular culture, she employed naïve folk-art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. She was known worldwide because of her floral motives and corsets which have influenced Madonna and designers such as Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera. This woman taught everybody that fashion is also the art of being, creating an icon from her appearance.


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