August 30, 2013

Chiquita Banana

Carmen Miranda and Kristin Wiig

Although Portuguese by birth, Carmen Miranda would relocate to Rio de Janeiro at a young age and become Brazil’s first internationally known star reaching icon-status. Immortalized by the Chiquita Banana character of which she inspired, Carmen Miranda’s exoticism and fiery personality would set her apart from ...

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June 3, 2013

Blow by Blow

Isabella Blow and Lady Gaga

Credited with discovering and nurturing the careers of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Isabella Blow’s influence on fashion is still felt today. Outlandish and often times borderline-garish, Isabella Blow was a true fashion eccentric known for her whimsical hats and surreal ...

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March 15, 2013

DV + SJP

Diana Vreeland and Sarah Jessica Parker

Vivacious fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, editor-in-chief of Vogue and Curator at the Costume Institute, Diana Vreeland is often referred to as the Empress of Fashion. Vreeland’s impact on the fashion industry is immeasurable, responsible for the bikini’s first appearance in a fashion editorial, ...

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February 11, 2013

It Takes Two

Tina Turner and Beyonce

Tina Turner’s long lasting career, her energetic, vivacious stage presence, along with her signature legs often exposed in revealing, body-conscious costumes, helped her to earn the title, “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 1979, Turner performed at the Carré theater in Amsterdam, dressed in ...

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January 14, 2013

Go Bananas

Josephine Baker and Beyonce

  A pioneer for African American women, Josephine Baker is commonly associated with her seductive banana dance performance at the Folies Bergère, costumed in a skimpy skirt constructed with a string of artificial bananas. In 2006, Beyonce payed tribute to Baker by sporting her own version of a banana skirt for the ...

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