Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Time Magazine's Top 100 Fashion Icons

Time Magazine recently published it's list of 100 all-time fashion icons from 1923 to present day.  The list includes models, designers, muses, photographers and more.  The fashion industry has so many who have had an influence in the world's culture, style and trends.  It almost seems like 100 is not enough.  Do you agree with the list compiled by TIME?  Do you think anyone was missing from the list?  In no particular order of rank, you can click here to see the complete list.

TIME all-time 100 fashion icons

Below are a few of the ones I think have had an impact on fashion and could be considered icons in the industry.  But if you want to see Time's complete list click the link above.


Naomi Campbell is one of my personal favorite models of all time.  Despite her known
attitude and persona the precedes her, she always gets the job done and can make a
garbage bag look like the hottest thing on the runway.  
  Despite her known anger issues and persona that precedes her, Naomi Campbell always gets the job done. Age the age of 41, she still has what I consider one of the best figures in the modelling industry; with legs that go on for days.  Campbell can make a garbage bag look like the chicest thing on the runway.

Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista still commands the attention of the fashion industry today as much
as she did in the prime of the supermodel era of the 1990's.
Linda Evangelista became a household name after her famous statement in Vogue magazine, "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day."  This, of course, was during the peak of the supermodel era in the late 1980's-1990's when Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz and Linda all earned millions from working the runway and through prestigious beauty and designer campaigns.

Evangelista continues to be one of the most successful models in history and continues to work even though she's now in her mid-forties.  She is truly a timeless beauty.

At the age of 56, Iman still is beautiful as ever.  
Iman is not only one of fashion's most successful model's but, she is also a pioneer in the cosmetics industry.  She successfully went from model to business-woman with the launch of her cosmetics company, Iman Cosmetics.  She continues to grow her brand through a successful partnership with HSN (Home Shopping Network) selling her line of women's apparel and accessories.

The Somali-born beauty paved the way for African models to be accepted in the fashion mainstream.  With her long neck, fuller hips and striking cheekbones, Iman paved the way for future models like Alek Wek and Liya Kibede.

Kate Moss in the early part of her career cause much controversy.
  When Kate Moss first made her appearance as a model she was the complete opposite physique of models like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.  Her waif-like figure was so pre-pubescent that it had several people protesting the use of her in advertisements.  At just 5'7" tall, she was also the shortest of the typical statuesque model on the runway.  She appeared topless in a Calvin Klein ad that sparked much controversy.  This was the beginning of what was dubbed 'heroin-chic' and the grunge look of the mid-1990's.

  Moss is one of the industry's most successful.  Despite negative press from drug issues and trouble with the law, designers and brands continue to hire her for various campaigns.  Her most recent is the collaboration with Mango for its spring 2012 campaign.

At the age of 16, model and actress, Brooke Shields famously said, "You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing."  Shields has worked as a model and actress since she was a baby starring in her first commercial for Ivory Soap.  Since then she has successfully worked in film, television, theatre and modelling.

Beverly Johnson on the cover of Vogue. 
Beverly Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine back in 1974.  A native of Buffalo, New York, her career quickly took off after this monumental cover.  Since then she has graced the cover of over 500 magazines including Ebony, French Elle, Glamour and Essence.

Her career has spanned over three decades and she's gone from model to actress to author and business woman.  Her line of wigs and hair-pieces are one of the most popular on the market.  Johnson has also developed a line of skin and hair care products.


Coco Chanel

She was very influential in the world of fashion with her modern way of thinking when it came to a woman's sense of style.  The Chanel name is associated with style, elegance and simplicity.  The designer who created the 'little black dress' also created the most recognizable classic suits.  When someone says a 'Chanel suit', it clearly identifies a look associated with the brand.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior's 'New Look' of the 1940's
revolutionized the way women dressed. 
Christian Dior and model

Hubert de Givenchy revolutionized women's fashion in the 1940's when he introduced a style that quickly became dubbed, the 'New Look'.  The silhouette was cinched at the waist with a full skirt that fell mid-calf in length.  The style has become a classic in women's fashion and continues to influence designers today.

Gianni Versace & Donatella Versace

Gianni Versace with the supermodels of the 1990's.
Donatella Versace with her brothers
Gianni Versace (left) and Santo Versace (right)

Gianni Versace opened his first boutique in Milan in 1978.  The label gained instant success and has epitomized sex appeal, style and innovation ever since.  Known for shows that had rock-star status, he regularly featured the supermodels of his time, Naomi, Cindy, Claudia, Linda and Christy.  

Sadly Gianni was gunned down in July 1997.  The Versace label and legacy lives on through his sister, Donatella, who has managed to keep the momentum going season after season.  The label includes an assortment of brands including ready-to-wear, haute couture, home furnishings and fragrances.
Versace campaign shot by Steven Meisel


Some brands don't even need a picture.  Just a simple logo is enough for you to know who they are.


It's because of Stylists that celebrities can always look so put together.  One of the most famous is Patricia Field.  The fashion designer became the stylist on set for the television series Sex & The City.  She was responsible for all the leading ladies looking so amazing week after week.

Patricia Field at showing for Sex & The City movie.



Lady Gaga

Sarah Jessica Parker

Jackie Kennedy Onassis


Karl Lagerfeld is perhaps one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry.  He has worked tirelessly for decades putting sharing his creative talent with the world on the runway year after year.  His design resume is one that isn't rivaled by many.  Best known as the Head Creative Designer for Chanel, he also has his own label Karl Lagerfeld and he also runs Fendi.

Karl Lagerfeld. Designer.

Tyra Banks. Model, Business-woman.

Tyra Banks has successfully gone from model to business powerhouse.  After leaving her career as a Victoria Secret Model, she launched her television program America's Next Top Model in 2003.  The show has gained worldwide success with franchises all over the globe including Canada, U.K., Australia and Vietnam.  Banks is CEO of her production company, Bankable Productions, a best-selling author, producer and now Harvard graduate.

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