Fashion Week 2014 is underway in New York City. Meet 9 style icons whose influence endures across decades.
NYC is a looking good. While today’s top fashion houses present their collections, we look at the fascinating life stories of some of fashions most notable trailblazers.
#1: Coco Chanel: She was visionary who revolutionized women’s fashion and whose legacy includes the “little black dress,” suits, signature handbags and perfume.
#2: Christian Dior: His style and legacy epitomizes luxury and ready-to-wear opulence that accentuates femininity.
#3: Halston: He was a designer to the stars who went from designing Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat to owning the 70s disco scene with his sexy and streamlined dresses to taking his designs to a mainstream retailer.
#4: Betsey Johnson: She’s fashion’s favorite wild child who developed her offbeat style from the 1970 London underground.
#5: Diane von Fürstenberg: She is a princess on a mission who designed the iconic wrap dress for the working woman.
#7: John Galliano: His designs merged fantasy, art and classical themes into haute couture only to be brought down by his infamous anti-Semitic rant.
#9: Alexander McQueen: Had a bold and unique flair which pushed the limits and traditions of the fashion world.