History redefines everything and when it met fashion in a by lane, the story weaved was nothing less than marvelous. History has borne witness to innumerable style icons who have been instrumental in making the trends that we see in fashion today. From the west to our own culture, innumerable personalities have contributed to the fashion world. Take a walk down the memory lane, relating and reliving moments as you go by…
This goddess of beauty, transformed from her modish girl next door look to a revamping style icon in no time. Call it the confidence of becoming the Duchess of Cambridge or her beauty flair, Princess Diana evolved from Fair isles sweaters, Laura Ashley carnivalesque ensembles and ruffled gowns to chinos, white button downs, slim sheaths, tailored pants and dress suits. Chanel, Versace, Valentino were all redefined by our first all-time style icon.
Jawahar Lal Nehru
Our first prime minister is followed for reasons more than one and his style is certainly on the chartbusters. His apparel became a sartorial trend not only in the post-independence era but also today. From Mr. Narendra Modi to Sabyasachi designs, everywhere there’s a craze for the Nehru jacket. He redefined style, panache, charisma and graciousness. Be it his signature style of carrying a rose in the pocket or his sherwani, political fashion is incomplete without his name. He is certainly a picture of pared-down elegance.
Known for all things chic and classy, Audrey was a physical ante thesis in a world of voluptuous ladies. She defied all pre-determined trends and dressed her way! Trench coats, black capri pants, men’s button downs, ballet flats…Hepburn never dressed for sex appeal but for flamboyance. Be it Princess Anne look in Roman holiday or the Holly Golightly look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, every look of this 50’s lady is extremely related these days.
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Maharani Gayatri Devi
Of course, when we talk about a Maharani, we expect nothing less than royalty. This Rajmata of Jaipur perfectly defines Indian grace and beauty. Always dressed in pastel shades, her Chiffon saris featured gota-patti, zardozi, and pearl embroidery. She reigned the hearts of many with her fashionable yet ethnic look. Her style has been a building block to the fashion we see in Indian sarees today. In fact, Vogue defined her as “a dream in a sari and jewels”
Certainly, she is a true fashionista from the world of royals.
Contrary to Hepburn, every inch of Monroe spoke sensuality. Everything she wore became a style statement in no time and her iconic looks are in vogue even today. High heeled jeans, oversized sweaters, halter neck dresses, capris are the hotshot picks from her collection these days. Not only her dresses but her accessories are also trending these days. A blonde bombshell, every ensemble looked sexy on her. She gave a classical edge to anything as mundane as a basic sweater too.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah
We may hold him partially responsible for the India-Pakistan partition but we cannot deny the fact that he has an amazing fashion sense. From the western (think blazers, suits, and waistcoats) to the ethnic (think sherwani, kurtas, and churidars), sir wore all through his lifetime. He was one of the best-dressed men of those times and embodied all that was good about style in the 1940s. A quintessential dynamic patriarch dresser, his distinctive and eclectic style was not easy to find during that generation.
This Great Escape actor cannot be missed when it comes to style. His effortless dressing won many hearts and it’s difficult to find faults in his attires. He mastered the art of making difficult things look easy and that’s precisely what he did with his dress ups. His tedious styles also looked so simple that nothing could stop them from being the trendiest. His favorite brands include Chanel, Dior with Chinos and Persols his preferred ensembles. He is the perfect example of how amazing a man can look if he finds the right attire and the perfect shoes.
History has redefined the fashion era by bringing out the best from the past and we can evidently see what we have always heard “History repeats itself”. Fashion today has revamped itself only to bring back our ancestral touch. Catch a sneak-peek of the trendiest styles of the day and get latest fashion advice here at Styledotme.