The 1960s and 70s saw the emergence of the modern style era. Therefore, many of the original fashion icons come from these two decades. With street style blogs and paparazzi photos, it’s easy to get style inspiration for modern day fashion gurus and celebrity trendsetters but many of their looks, especially today, were influenced by past generations. The leading women were the models, musicians, and muses of their time. I would argue that we have moved away from period style to derivatives of previous modes. This makes it easy to reuse old favorites from our parent’s closets and find statement pieces at second-hand stores. Clothes that were previously considered out-of-style are now easily re-imagined for a modern ensemble. For inspiration or just your personal knowledge, here is a list of original female fashion icons that shaped the trends of their generation and whose personal style continues to influence the fashion scene today.
The Nicaraguan social activists took the fashion scene by storm in the 1970s. She is known for rocking masculine silhouette and glitzy dresses on a night out. She also had a successful acting career and unsuccessful marriage to Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.
The French beauty provides an argument for Parisian style. From silk neck scarfs to classic flats, she knew what worked and stuck to it.
The world-renown singer and actress never shied away from a risky ensemble. Completely sheer material, cutout dresses, and a bare midriff are a few looks she’s famous for. Her fashion legacy is go big or go home!
As the lead singer of Blondie, she has been referred to as the Godmother of punk. Catch her in band tees and bodysuits throughout the 1970s.
As the lead singer of the Supremes she was a trendsetter in fashion and ideas. It was common for the glamorous threesome to wear glittery gowns and statement accessories for their performances. We have her to thank for empowering a genre of music and generation of divas.
Making a strong case for basics, jeans and a white top never looked so good! Her look encourages minimalism and wardrobe basics. She is also the name such for the coveted ‘Birkin Bag.’
A true free spirit, the folk singer-songwriter had a bohemian style. She popularized flowy dresses, rainbow colors, and a fresh face. Her fashion truly encompasses the vibe of the 1970s.
Her style is reflected in both her fashion and her art. Funky glasses and all white ensemble are a few of her fashion staples. It’s no wonder she was John Lenin’s muse and continues to be a forced to be reckoned with today.