A stroll through SoHo..

November 29, 2012

Last weekend I was wandering round SoHo, doing some shopping when I stumbled upon a small Marilyn Monroe exhibit. It had been put on by Erno Lazlo as a gift to New York and if that wasn’t enough, it was also free!

The exhibit featured clothes that Monroe had worn as well as some of her personal items. In many cases, it showed the item and then a photo of Marilyn wearing it. It was only small, but I really enjoyed it, and finding it out of the blue made it even better..


‘I never think of myself as an icon. I just do my thing’ – Audrey Hepburn

‘There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn’ – Hubert de Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn is renowned for her elegant fashion sense.
It was her friendship with Hubert de Givenchy that created her unique style. They met whilst Hepburn was filming Sabrina, and after that she became Givenchy’s muse.
After Sabrina, he designed her wardrobe for nearly every film she starred in including creating the timeless ‘Little Black Dress’ in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (above).
Givenchy stripped back dresses and used sleek, smooth lines without fussy details. It was this simplicity that created the elegant silhouette that Audrey Hepburn was famous for..

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn with her Oscar

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy whilst filming Funny Face.

‘I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink… I believe in kissing, kissing a lot… and I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.’ – Audrey Hepburn

The first ever Barbie doll 1959.

Maybe a strange place to look to for inspiration, but Barbie could be considered a key influence in the fashion industry.
She has been around for over 50 years now and her outfits range from the original black and white striped swimsuit (shown in the image above) which she wore in 1959 to a whole selection of one billion other ballgowns and costumes.
As a toy, she was created to spark a child’s imagination, yet a lot of the time, the clothes she wears are just as extrodinary to adults as well, with many today collecting special editions of her.
Robert Best, a designer for Barbie, creates gorgeous sketches of outfits for the doll, just like you would expect any other fashion designer to and the detail that goes into some of Barbie’s outfits is incredible with trimmings and embellishments completely covering ballgowns.
On top of this, not only does Barbie have her own tailor made wardrobe, she has worn clothes designed by some of the most famous designers in history from Dior to Givenchy. So Barbie, is she just a child’s toy or a style icon?

Sketches for Barbie Designs by Robert Best

Barbie wearing a design originally by Christian Dior

Barbie as Chanel