A Charles Dana Gibson Girl
Charles Dana Gibson models his iconic, turn-of-the-century Gibson Girl on his wife Irene, sister of Nancy, Lady Astor.
The Granger Collection
Dance team Vernon and Irene Castle
Dance team Vernon and Irene Castle, who helped launch the ragtime Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear…along with bobbed hair.
Brenda Frazier, the deb of the year in 1938.
Conde Nast Archive
Young Couple Going Steady
Going steady and getting pinned: The rituals of romance in the Forties and Fifties, a more innocent age.
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Jane Fonda in a miniskirt
Miniskirts: Short and shorter, as worn by Jane Fonda in 1969.
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Girl in Hot Pants
Hot Pants march into the spotlight in 1970.
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Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans
Designer jeans: Even Gloria Vanderbilt gets in the act in 1978.
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John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney in 1977s Saturday Night Fever
Disco and disco looks: John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney in 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever.”
The Everett Collection
New York gives birth to rap. Here, the Sugarhill Gang.
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Jennifer Beals in Flash Dance
Jennifer Beals’ slashed sweatshirt from 1983’s “Flashdance.”
Paramount/Courtesy The Everett Collection
Punk rock, Goth and grunge — the last with Kurt Cobain — inspire disparate styles.
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Lady Gaga — the woman of a million disguises. Who else would wear a dress made of meat?
With no single fashion message self-expression rules, with pretty-girl looks, like Taylor Swift’s, one option.
The Preppy Handbook
The preppy look, detailed in 1980’s “The Preppy Handbook,” is ubiquitous in the early Eighties.