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5 of Our Favorite Historical Fashionistas

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we wanted to take the time to appreciate some strong women who influenced fashion throughout the years. These ladies challenged social norms, excelled in their fields, and left a lasting impression on the world.

1. Madame De Pompadour

“She’s a real brand name in the world of style,” says University of Pennsylvania professor Joan deJean, author of The Age of Comfort

Learn more: Susan Stamberg “More than a Mistress: Madame De Pompadour was a Minister of the Arts

Photo Credits: François Boucher

2. Elizabeth Smith Miller

In the spring of 1851, while spending many hours at work in the garden, I became so thoroughly disgusted with the long skirt, that the dissatisfaction… suddenly ripened into the decision that this shackle should no longer be endured. The resolution was at once put into practice. Turkish trousers to the ankle with a skirt reaching some four inches below the knee, were substituted for the heavy, untidy and exasperating old garment.” ELIZABETH MILLER (ELIZABETH SMITH MILLER, HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN)

Learn more: History Of American Women: Elizabeth Smith Miller

Photo Credit:  “Elizabeth Smith Miller (Right) with Daughter Anne Fitzhugh Miller.”

ELIZABETH SMITH MILLER, HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN

3. Audrey Hepburn

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles”- Audrey Hepburn (Everydaypower.com, 50 Audrey Hepburn Quotes On Life, Style and Children)

Learn more: History.com, “Audrey Hepburn Born”

Photo credit: Paramount-photo by Bud Fraker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

4. Diana Ross

“In the midst of the Black Freedom Struggle, Motown, and in particular The Supremes, were symbols of changing race relations and the breaking of racial barriers.  The presence of The Supremes as glamorous, refined and respectable young black women was a counter to centuries-old stereotypes.” (Dr. Neal, Reflections: The Supremes and the Politics of Image)

Learn more: Classic Mowtown’s “Diana Ross” and Huffington Post’s “Reflections: The Supremes and the Politics of Image” Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture, Mark Anthony Neal

Photo: The Supremes (from left to right): Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross. Cooper, Carol. “Supremes, The.” The Supremes AMERICAN SINGING GROUP, Encyclopædia Britannica, www.britannica.com/topic/the-Supremes/images-videos/media/574895/102011.

5. Donyale Luna

Learn more: Norman, Dominique. “BLACK EXCELLENCE: THE LEGACY OF DONYALE LUNA” V Magazine.

Photo Credit: NORMAN, DOMINIQUE. “BLACK EXCELLENCE: THE LEGACY OF DONYALE LUNA.” BLACK EXCELLENCE: THE LEGACY OF DONYALE LUNA, 2018, vmagazine.com/slideshow/103544/black-excellence-donyale-luna/.

 

Top 5 Best Dressed of the 2019 Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony was certainly a night to remember. Women took center stage, winning more awards than ever. AND Michele Obama even showed up to wow the crowd with an impassioned speech. The message was clear; music can and should bring us together. So, in this spirit, we’ve decided to celebrate our 5 favorite outfits. Enjoy!

  1. Cardi B

 

 

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 Cardi B made a splash at the Grammy’s in a “1995 Thierry Mugler’s couture Oyster gown” (Here’s What We Know About Cardi B’s Arresting Clam-Oyster Dress At The Grammys, HARGROVE). Cardi B is the beautiful pearl popping out of the clamshell or perhaps, the Venus to Sandro Botticelli’s painting, “Birth of Venus”. Either way, we are in love!

2. Kacey Musgraves

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 Kacey Musgraves, a Country music Queen that’s revolutionizing her genre, was adorned in red all throughout the evening. Her ethereal, short “Valentino gown” (Grammys: Breaking Down Kacey Musgraves’ Looks, McKenzie), worn during the acceptance of her Album of the Year and Best Country Album awards was divine. The flouncy, layered sleeves were absolutely to die for.

3.  Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Jada Pink Smith

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 Okay, so we might be cheating just a little here (there might be more than one look here), but this photo truly captures the beauty and magnitude of this evening. These five women truly glowed! Also, thank you, Michele Obama, for bringing sparkly, metallic jumpsuits into the limelight.

4. Ariana Grande

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when @zacposen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not 🌫 …. thank u 🖤

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 Ariana Grande may not have attended the Grammys but she still made headlines in her silky Zac Posen evening gown… on her floor! She posed glamorously and completed the look with her signature pony-tail, glittering earrings, and a stunning diamond necklace. (Grammy Winner Ariana Grande Skips the Show, Still Rocks a Ball Gown Before Changing Into Sweats, Frey and Runtagh)

5.  Gabriella Wilson  H.E.R.

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 Gabriella Wilson accepted two Grammys- one for best R&B Album and the other for best R&B performance- in an exceptional neon yellow outfit. (Grammy winners 2019: Here’s the full list of who won, Melas). We love how she stood out and congratulate her on her wins!

What was your favorite look? Instagram us @yourbestfashionfinds to show us!

Our Favorite Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn Edition

 

Audrey Hepburn VIA VivaGlamourMagazine

Audrey Hepburn is well-known for her starring roles in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina (among others!) but her legend encompasses much more. Ballerina, actress, humanitarian, and fashion icon; Audrey Hepburn is a fascinating, multifaceted woman that took the world by storm! So, join us in paying homage to the ever-inspiring Audrey Hepburn.

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Paramount-photo by Bud Fraker, via Wikimedia Commons

Early Life

Before Audrey Hepburn became a famous actress, she lived through and experienced first-hand the horrors of World War II. She and her family were spared from concentration camps but she witnessed countless brutalities while her family lost everything and struggled to keep food on the table. According to Wikipedia, after the war, she trained to become a famous ballerina until she was told her frame (affected from wartime nutrition) would keep her from achieving that status.

 

Audrey Hepburn Holding Oscar VIA Stylist

Actress

Not to be broken, Audrey moved on to begin her actress career. She played minor roles until she was given the lead roll in Roman Holiday (1953) and her career took off! Audiences, directors, and critics alike fell in love with her expressive face, her grace, and beauty.

Her magnetism and personality can be summed up by director William Wyler.

“She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence, and talent. She also was very funny. She was absolutely enchanting and we said, ‘That’s the girl!” Paris, Barry (2001) [1996]. Audrey HepburnBerkley BooksISBN 978-0-425-18212-3.

 

 

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Humanitarian

Having lived through war herself, Audrey always felt compelled to assist anyone and everyone in need. So, she became an ambassador to UNICEF and dedicated a large portion of her life to raising money and sharing the stories of children who experience war.

 

Audrey Hepburn Walking Away,1953, Mark Shaw VIA Jackson Fine Arts

Style Icon

Audrey’s slim, petite frame, choppy, short hair, and thick eyebrows were relatively new to the fashion scene when she first appeared. Instead of judging her, the world became captivated with the styles and designers she chose to wear. One designer, Hubert de Givenchy developed a close friendship with her and designed a majority of her red carpet looks.

If you want to dress like Audrey, look for minimalist designs with simple lines. Casual elegance is the name of the game! Avoid flashy jewelry, embrace monochromatic colors and get yourself a pair of white tennis sneakers.

 

Meet Your BFF Stylist

Your Best Fashion Finds seeks to inspire and empower women through their clothing and personal style. Part of this mission is accomplished by discovering unique, European clothing and bringing them to you. That’s the easy part. To truly inspire women through their outfits, YBFF created a team of passionate stylists that are there to help you discover your style, pick the perfect outfit, and give you the confidence to explore your personality through clothing.

Our wonderful stylists are wonderful people too, so we interviewed them to gain an insight into their passion, fashion style, and background sounds. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of our talented stylists, Julie H.

Describe your personal style.

Extroverted, Risky, Versatile

What drew you to fashion?

I would definitely say that my Mom drew me to fashion.  Since I was little, she dressed me in dresses, hats, and lace stockings ( now that I think about it, I would say it was European style). She made a big effort to make sure I looked like a girl, but I was young and still wore a lot of shorts and sneakers. Although I did not study fashion design, I developed different characteristics- according to how I dressed- here in NY. Studying design educated me and opened doors to learn more about fashion.

What is your favorite part about being a stylist?

I can be myself.

Who is your fashion icon?

I definitely have many but in the number one position is Rihanna.

What do you love to do in your spare time?

I do everything in my free time, I am a Free person and I love what I do.

What would you wear to a red carpet event?

I would definitely wear sneakers with an amazing dress that highlights my essence. 
Schedule a consultation with Julie today and let her get to know your own special style. She’ll listen to your ideas and inspirations and find pieces that you’ll love. She’ll even include an exclusive gift just for you.

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