Style Icons #3
I have a few posts complete in this series by now, and I decided that this one should be a little be different - so I decided to take a lot at a few of the style icons through the ages.
I am a little bit of a history fanatic myself. I was one of those weird kids who constantly had their head in a historical-fiction novel (Phillipa Gregory was my favourite) and that love has never really died. Except now I have less time to read, as I spend a vast majority of my days cramming in the history that is actually on my syllabus. However - through absolutely everything I have always gained inspiration from a few notable historical figures and as chances would have it, so has a few designers and other celebrities.
I put together a few (really just tip of the iceberg) people who have influenced the style of today.
Hope you enjoy :)
Marie Antoinette, born in 1755, was an Archduchess of Austria from 1755 to 1770, a Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and the last Queen of France and of Navarre from 1774 to 1792. The extrovert personality and extravagant lifestyle turned her into the most scandalous party figure of that time. Marie Antoinette was a real trend-setter of her time. She represented the symbol of 18th century extravagance. Her fabulous dresses, spectacular jewelry and amazing hairdos that were truly works of art, transformed her into the Queen of Fashion.
My obsession with Marie Antoinette started many many years ago when my mom plunged me into her fascinating history and basically I have been obsessed ever since. This fascination has even brought me to visit Versailles (her primary residence several times) and even develop an affection for floral girly prints.
Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956, became Princess of Monaco. My mom loved her, and her classic sense of style so much she even took her as her Confirmation name. I have even been taking style tips from her without even noticing (check out circa.2014 me below!)
One thing I've learned from Grace Kelly - being classy is always in.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was never just the wife of a President. As First Lady, she represented the style and sophistication of 1960s America. From her chic, perfectly tailored suits and dresses to delicate details like elbow-length gloves and three-strand pearl necklaces, she was credited with not only making politics fashionable but also inspiring women around the world to adopt her classic Jackie look.
Her most famous look is obviously her pink suit (which the public will not be allowed to see until 2103) but she had a classic signature style; one that is often replicated today.
Debbie Harry, known from the band Blondie, was quite the style icon in her day. Although she didn't document her style progression on instagram - it was no less influential. Combing grunge, punk and just a little bit of class, Debbie Harry's style is something to emulate.
And people have time and time again... Perhaps without even realising it.
*resists urge to buy entire new wardrobe*