Their careers shaped the fashion landscape we see today.
- Coco Chanel
Today the fashion house is under the care of Karl Lagerfeld, and is considered a marker of wealth and luxury. But it began in 1913 when Coco Chanel had the fabulous idea to create women’s clothing from jersey fabrics (at the time used for men’s underwear). Coco Chanel made women’s clothes that were more sporty and casual (yet chic) and as a result spearheaded the shift from the corseted silhouette.
- Diana Vreeland
To describe Vreeland as flamboyant would be an injustice. Beginning her career in fashion as a columnist at Harper’s Bazaar in 1936, Diana Vreeland soon rose in ranks. She was the editor at Harper’s Bazaa, editor in chef at Vogue and finally consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Diana Vreeland also gave style advice to Jackie Kennedy, popularized jeans, birthed the MET gala and is arguably the mother of high fashion.
I recommend watching ‘The Eye Must Travel’
- Anna Wintour
Reigning priestess of fashion, so valuable is Wintour in publishing Condé Nast (owners of Vogue) created her current post-artistic director of the publishing firm- just to keep her. Anna Wintour is the perfect blend of business and creative. Anna Wintour has managed to foster great taste, detect amazing talent (such as Alexander WangAlexander Wang) and still manage to spot money making trends such as celebrities on the cover of fashion magazines ahead of everyone else.
- Naomi Sims
Naomi Sims is considered one of the world’s first black supermodel. She began her career by side stepping racist agencies and approaching photographers directly. Finally, a photographer from The New York Times agreed to use her and with help from former model Wilhelmina Cooper she launched her career. Her biggest jobs being an ad camp again for AT&T which put her on the map.
‘It’s ‘in’ to use me, and maybe some people do it when they don’t really like me. But even if they are prejudiced, they have to be tactful if they want a good picture’ ~ Naomi Sims.
Stay fashionable xoxo