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8 Fashion Influencers of the 1950s



Nothing is constant – not even in fashion – and the transition from 1940s style to 1950s fashion was quite a drastic one.

The post-war fashion of the 1950s saw the birth of streetwear as easy care fabrics and faster manufacturing machinery equated to new silhouettes which could be marketed to the masses.

Marilyn Monroe

With a style that has become synonymous with 1950s fashion, Marilyn Monroe’s platinum blonde locks and red lips were a major influence of the women of the time.

With an exquisitely glamorous wardrobe – think of the infamous white gown – Monroe was also known for her minimalist style outside of the spotlight.

Audrey Hepburn

The absolute epitome of elegance, Audrey Hepburn was the perfect example of how less is always more.

From her Breakfast at Tiffany’s little black dress which has become the wardrobe staple of every woman to this day, her beehive hairstyle, and exceptional accessories, it’s not surprising that Hepburn was Givenchy’s muse for many years.

Grace Kelly

Renowned as one of the most photographed women of the 20th century, Grace Kelly embodied timeless beauty and her classic style was a hit with women around the world.

Her wardrobe can best be described as immaculate and included items such as cotton shirts, exceptionally cut coats, and dresses with synched waists.

James Dean

Regarded as one of the most iconic and handsome men of the 1950s, the key to James Dean’s style was the sheer effortlessness – much like how effortless sports betting NZ is.

With minimalistic outfits, Dean rarely accessorised but still managed to make a statement with his combination of a leather jacket and blue jeans.

His trademark quiff was just as iconic as his wardrobe and he used Brylcreem to create the style.

Elizabeth Taylor

Bold and beautiful, the style of Elizabeth Taylor can best be described as admirable, inspirational, and brave.

With an intense love for diamonds, Taylor amassed an incredible collection of jewels and she was known for her strapped dresses with plunging necklines – a major statement for the time period.

Brigitte Bardot

The bikini may have been invented in 1946, but it wasn’t until Brigitte Bardot strutted her stuff in a floral bandeau at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 that the bikini became a must-have fashion item.

Not only did she secure the bikini’s fashion status, but as a newcomer in the film industry, she also cemented her future.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel may have already been making major waves in the fashion industry in the 1920s and 1930s, but it wasn’t until she released ‘the Chanel suit’ in the 1950s that she became a household name.

Still as we know it today – a slim tweed outfit with contrasting bound edges – the Chanel suit continues to be reinvented by Coco’s successor, Karl Lagerfeld.

Sophia Loren

Renowned for her natural hourglass figure, Sophia Loren burst into the spotlight in the 1950s when she landed her first acting role in Aida in 1953.

Known as much for her exquisite style as her quick wit, the Italian pin-up once jested that “everything you see, I owe to spaghetti”.