The Illustrated Correlation between Fashion & War!

War? “Iman I just want to hear about the greats..” Don’t worry guys, I got you.

To get the ball rolling, tonight I will be giving you all a small history lesson amongst a gigantic fashion course. Now, this will not be your ordinary blog post because I am taking it all the way back. Wayyy back. I’m talking 1940’s through the 70’s, around the time U.S pilots dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Yeah, World War II. That far back.

The faces of these major leaguers that I am about to introduce before you have had a major influence on the fashion culture for over a decade. Now, this go ‘round, I will have minimal words and far more illustrations so that you can see the importance of the color black, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, and the simplicity of being impeccably tailored to maintain everyday elegance.  These women are the definition of contemporary, yet CLASSIC!

Who is Audrey Hepburn?

The fashion industry wouldn’t be where it is today without the influence of Ms. Audrey Kathleen Hepburn. Tall, slim, with a precise pixie cut, and big, dark eyes, she is said to be the one to make “The Little Black Dress” extremely popular. The British-born actress was envied because of her petite and slender figure. When the Nazis invaded Poland during WWII, Hepburn, like millions of others, nearly starved to death when food supplies were cut-off. As a result, she became malnourished. Furthermore, the first visual that comes to mind when I think of Hepburn is her iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” ensemble (pictured below). Being the embodiment of glamour, she accessorized her black dress with big sunglasses and a long cigarette holder. She used her keen fashion senses to catapult her to fame. Amazinggg!

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Who is Diana Ross?

Known for her stylish and unaltered glamour, Diana Ross changed the red carpet forever. With major influences on mega popstars like Beyonce, Salonge, and Jennifer Lopez, the Detroit-bred supernova reconstructed the landscape of fashion in her plunging sequined gowns. Ms. Ross was unapologetically herself with the approach to fashion and style like none other. While performing hits like “I’m Coming Out” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” she was a force to be reckoned with on and off the stage. In the beauty realm, her eyes were said to be one of her most prized-features. This groundbreaking music icon limitless contributions to the fashion and music industry will endure for many more decades to come.

 It was said that at her prime Ms. Ross made her eyes a statement by sporting top and bottom eyelashes! Yasssss!

It was said that at her prime Ms. Ross made her eyes a statement by sporting top and bottom eyelashes! Yasssss!

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Who is Marilyn Monroe?

The iconic statue of beauty. Marilyn Monroe singlehandedly changed the American culture. She made it okay to be sexy and to embrace your curvaceous figure. Now, many women of the 1950’s viewed her in a negative image because she used her body features to her advantage and they saw that as “improper.” She was the fashion visionary that brought body-conscious clothing to light. The bodycon dresses and skirts that we wear today is the perfect example. The yielding yet tremendous results of how she mixed sexualizing with beauty, is what makes her a beauty icon to this day.

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Who is Jacqueline Kennedy?

My girl Jackie-O had the looks. Down-right fly and sassy. Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America, was fearless and her impact on the fashion industry is evident. Not being afraid to try bright colors, combining black and white prints, and making everything look polished and/or couture were some of the many attributes that staged Jackie-O as one of most stylish First Ladies to ever reside in the White House. From Chanel suites to silk blouses to pleated trousers, she gave us the highest end of the style scale for business women straight from the office on their way out to have a great time. Iconic.

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Who is Gabrielle Bonheaur Chanel?

“I’m in love with the CoCo.” Lol.

 The Coco Chanel. Timeless. Effortless. Minimalistic. Statement-Making. Straightforward and Tailored. Coco bridged an expressive and creative aesthetic on cultural significance. At the beginning of World War II, she voluntarily closed her couture houses as a definitive statement for her political views. Being that the Nazi’s were seizing all Jewish-owned properties and businesses, there was a major decline in the availability of fabrics. So what did she do? She made war trousers for women a fashion item. Legions of followers began to take notice to the fashion legend when she created the “Little Black Dress,” that was worn by symbols such as: Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. When that wardrobe staple was born, Chanel was undoubtedly pronounced as the Powerhouse of the fashion industry.

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While you're here, I've decided to channel the heavy hitters by keeping it modern yet chic! Instead of the headscarf, I created my own turban out of strip-printed cotton fabric..
What level and skill should one want their seamstress and designer skills to be on? I simply reply, “On CoCo Chanel."

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Goognight,
Iman!