A fashion icon is someone whose clothes, hair, or overall appeal has been imitated by everyone and has survived generations after. He or she may have contributed an aspirational brand to the world. And that brand may have evolved into a household name. Very recently, TIME Magazine released its list of 100 style icons from the 1920s to the present. Among the most interesting personalities mentioned are Audrey Hepburn, Levi Strauss, and Calvin Klein.
Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, the British actress the whole world knows as Audrey Hepburn, undoubtedly deserves to be on the list. She’s an icon in both the film and fashion fields of the twentieth century. The American Film Institute considers her as among the top three Hollywood film actresses. She was also inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Everyone will always remember how she changed the trend in actresses’ looks from voluptuous to elfin-like. Her style partnership with famed couturier Hubert de Givenchy created two of the legendary contributions to the fashion world. In Hepburn’s 1954 film Sabrina, she wore Givenchy dresses with a bateau neck, which is a wide neckline that goes from one shoulder point to another, crossing the collarbone. The style is often called the Sabrina neckline. Her famous black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) was also made by Givenchy. It’s been sold for thousands of dollars in an auction at Christie’s.
Whoever owns a pair of blue jeans that he or she loves to wear should be thankful to Levi Strauss. This German-Jewish immigrant to the USA is mainly responsible for making the first pair of blue jeans. His Levi Strauss & Co. was a dry goods store that offered clothing, bedding, and various accessories. He worked with Jacob Davis, a Nevada tailor, to create durable pants that men could use in their work. What their team created as merely work pants exclusively for men is now a staple in almost every person’s wardrobe.
Another of the fashion icons who also became popular because of jeans is Calvin Klein. His company actually started with a collection of coats for men and women. He then started making his own line of jeans and was reported to sell 200,000 pairs during its introductory week in the market. His name on the back pocket of every pair started the international demand for designer jeans. But what’s rightfully placed him with the gods of style is his underwear collection for men and women. His line of undies became simply known as “Calvins.” He even made a mark in advertising with his sexy billboard images and his two-character domain name on the Net – CK.com.