Celebrating the ladies who left their mark on the fashion industry.
Women in entertainment, modeling, and politics have influenced both street and runway style—establishing them as our modern tastemakers. Michelle Obama introduced the world to clean lines and homegrown American fashion when she became first lady in 2008. Madonna designed her own style, from underwear-as-outerwear to layered costume jewelry, for her performances in the '80s and '90s. Here, we look at women who made fashion their own and continue to inspire pop stars and style mavens today.
- The obsession with Princess Diana of Wales' fashion sense was observed around the world. When she wed in the '80s wearing a huge, fluffy white wedding dress with leg-of-mutton style sleeves, brides across the globe followed suit. Her off-the-shoulder gowns, always worn with some form of pearls, raised eyebrows in the tabloids, but the rest of the world mimicked her style. Before her divorce, she put British-based fashion on the map, wearing labels such as Catherine Walker, Bellville Sassoon, and Gina Fratini.