Each year, TIME names its 100 Most Influential People in the World and that much-touted list is often accompanied by supplementary lists, including this year’s countdown of the “All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons.” A number of our favorites made that list – though there are a few notable absences.
The majority of the list is composed of Designers and Brands, Models and Photographers, but many celebrities who inspired the direction of fashion over the years were rounded up under the broad category of “Muse.” There are classic muses like Josephine Baker, James Dean, Farrah Fawcett, Jean Harlow, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Bettie Page and Princess Diana, whose signature styles the public tried to emulate (and still do – walk around the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg on a nice day and you are guaranteed to see feathered “Farrah” hair or short, blunt pinup-style bangs). Then there are the rockers: The Beatles, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Madonna.
(First Lady Michelle Obama also made the list!)
The magazine goes in depth about Madonna’s influence as a style icon, writing, “Embraced early as a fashion idol — especially for the young generation — Madonna never ceased to amaze, nor has she ever lost control of her look or her career. From bridal gowns to cone bras and from sexy menswear to Asian inspirations, anything Madonna touched was emulated by her legions of fans around the world.”
Gaga is praised for being “as notorious for her outrageous style as she is for her pop hits.”
We don’t disagree with any of TIME’s selections and understand they had a finite number of spots to fill, but, um, where are Beyonce and Taylor Swift – two modern stars whose off-stage style has had a direct impact on modern fashion? If you live outside of a major city, Swifts princess-meets-down home country chic style is about as ubiquitous as it gets. And while Gaga is of course a fashion icon, Swift (just as Madonna and MJ) actually impacts what people wear. just sayin.’
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