Without a doubt, iconic ladies such as Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana are the trendsetters. They have become role models for many fashionistas and remain the benchmark for female beauty to this day. But before them there was fashion and style too, right? Let’s meet those brave women, who left their imprint in the fashion world many years, or even centuries ago.
Marquise Pompadour is a legendary figure in the French history of the XVIII century. Having neither wealth nor noble origin, this lady was for almost two decades an uncrowned queen of France. Among other things, thanks to her sense of style, Pompadour was the most powerful of Louis XV’s mistress. Just look at this picture, and you will immediately understand why this woman had such a great influence on the French king. Luxury, sophistication, and grace accompanied Marquise Pompadour throughout all her life.
Misia Sert was the owner of the most famous literary and art salon in Paris. The lady also was a muse & patroness for poets, artists, and musicians, to whom she often provided financial assistance. Born in Russia, and she managed to conquer the French capital. Misia Sert was the one who introduced huge hats that were decorated with flowers. It is also believed that she was the first in Paris, who made sweeping lace dresses popular.
Blanch gave us about a century of style, but people are more aware of Princess Di than this British woman. She was a British historian and author, who was the bohemian diva we all wanted to be. She’s the traveler who is always nomadic and posh. Lesley was known for her sweeping and exotic jewelry, her scars, and caftans, which frequently came from journeys around the planet.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
If Empress Elisabeth of Austria had lived in our time, she would have been one of the most beautiful women of our days. She was one of the best-known fashionistas of the 19th century in Europe. Her silk dresses were emulated across the continent. Elisabeth’s feature was her long hair in chestnut color, which had dropped to the floor. Of course, the care for such hair was a complete ritual, which took several hours daily. Every three weeks Elisabeth washed her hair with a mixture of raw eggs and cognac. The Empress was also known for wearing a corset all her life. Thanks to this, her elegant waist was envied by all the ladies of that era.
Evelyn Nesbit is a model, an actress, and a participant in a corps de ballet. She gained scandalous popularity for the murder of her ex-lover, who was a famous architect of the time. If Evelyn were to live now, she would certainly become a celebrity and take part in all sorts of shows. For that era, she was something shocking, dirty, and alluring at the same time. Evelyn was the model who made the fashion revolution. She erased the fine line between beauty and vulgarity. Her photos in tight corsets and naked shoulders still look bold.