Iconic Women in The History of Fashion

Women Icons Who Changed The World Of Fashion

The fashion industry has seen a great many iconic women who have changed the course and transformed the industry over the years. Oceedee looks at some of these amazing women who have defined the word “fashion”and taken the industry by storm. 

1. Coco Chanel

"Fashion changes, but style endures."

The ever-famous designer and the founder of the brand, Chanel has been a pioneer in the industry. Coco Chanel used material retained for underwears in her collections. Her idea of unbinding women's fashion out of corsets and adapting more comfortable, sporty and chic styles made her a feminist icon of the era.

2. Marlene Dietrich

"I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men."

Marlene Dietrich was a German star who explored different sides and styles of fashion. Her androgynous outfits made her stand apart from the other leading stars of her time. She was the first woman to have worn a tuxedo for a shoot in the early 1930s and also donned ties, blazers, as well as midi skirts and fur coats in several other photoshoots. Her adaptable style of clothing diversified women's fashion and made her a fashion icon. 

3. Audrey Hepburn

“Life is a party. Dress for it.”

A major fashion influencer to-date, Hepburn redefined fashion and made it effortless. She revolutionised simple silhouettes like ballet flats, pixie pants, boatneck tops, and slip-on loafers into timeless classics. Her most acclaimed film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been a favorite for fashion enthusiasts till today.  Till date Audrey's style has been the epitome of grace and elegance with a punch of attitude. 

4. Princess Diana

“Only do what your heart tells you.”

Princess Diana is definitely one of the greatest fashion icons of the 20th century. A woman of deep compassion and warmth, she epitomised minimalist sophistication through her ensembles. Her impeccable outfits inspired women all over the world to go for comfortable and chic clothing while having a little fun with it. Whether it was her puffy-sleeved wedding dress or glamorous evening gowns, or bold pairing of trousers with tuxedo jackets and bowtie, Diana transcended fashion and oozed an incredible chic and elegant charisma around her. 

 

5. Stella McCartney

"Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count."

One of the greatest and distinguished fashion designers to this day, Stella McCartney has been an active contributor to ethical fashion. Her styles are casual and easy to wear, making her label extremely popular. Her environmentally-conscious efforts in her designs and collections have been ever praisable.

 

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