10 Style Rebels Who Changed Fashion
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By Kelly Mickle
Before Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, a slew of stylish women made history with their daring fashion choices. Whether in a men's suit or a micro-mini, these ten risk-takers defied the conventions of their times and helped set the trends we still love today. Check out our list of the original style renegades.
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If you're not wearing a constricting corset right now, just thank Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Tired of impractical clothing for women at the time, the designer rocked the fashion world in the early 1900s by introducing relaxed, sportswear styles made of soft jersey fabric.
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Josephine Baker was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou, in 1934, but the actress and singer also broke the rules when it came to her bold, out-of-the box ensembles. She once performed in a skirt made of nothing but bananas—take that, Lady Gaga!
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Most women are lucky enough to be considered a style pioneer of one decade, let alone three, but movie star Joan Crawford managed to do just that. Dubbed by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the "the best example of a flapper" in the '20s, the actress went on to become a '30s icon, popularizing a glamorous, old Hollywood look, and later ignited a new fashion craze in the '40s in structured jackets and exaggerated shoulders.
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Katharine Hepburn was once famously quoted saying, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." The motto certainly applied to her style, a uniform of tailored blazers and men’s trousers that eschewed traditionally feminine skirts and dresses.
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Hollywood's original blond bombshell, Jean Harlow, rose to fame in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Although fashion was typically somber at the time, Harlow's glamorous look led legions of women to copy her slinky, suggestive gowns and shocking white-blond hair.
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When fashion designer Mary Quant raised the hemlines on her skirts, a revolution was born. Quant's liberating design perfectly embodied the free-spirited feel of the '60s.
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Despite her lean frame, Twiggy made a big impression on the fashion industry. Her boyish look was a complete departure from '50s sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe. Aside from her famous pixie cut and doll-like eyes, the model's affinity for A-line dresses and Mary Janes made her the unmistakable face of the Swinging Sixties.
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The ultimate rocker chick, musician Joan Jett proved leather jackets, chains and metal studs weren’t just for bad boys. Her gritty, tough girl ensembles have influenced some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Courtney Love and Kristen Stewart.
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Can you imagine the '80s without the Material Girl? Madonna's best known for reinventing her look year after year, but it's the singer's conical bras, torn fishnet stockings and punk accessories that make her a true fashion trailblazer.
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Credited with ushering in the heroin chic look of the '90s, Kate Moss's waifish frame was a drastic change from the statuesque '80s supermodel, and so was her style. The model's minimalist aesthetic looked nothing like the previous decade's power suits and bold colors.