WWD: The 100th Anniversary Issue

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Overview

WWD is 100! Welcome to the gala of galas. From Saint Laurent to Twiggy, Grace to Gaga and minis to minimalism, we take a look at the blur of the century. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

The Triangle Shirtwaist fire, 1911.

Fashion Features

Moment 1: Labor Pains

WWD chronicled labor disputes and tragedies that led to the formation of a Joint Board of Sanitary Control and the American Society of Safety Engineers.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Fifth Avenue in 1921.

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Moment 2: Fifth Ave Origins

WWD reported the opening of the Lord & Taylor store on Fifth Avenue in 1914, while the debut of Saks & Company’s Fifth Avenue location came six years later.

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Poiret and his models, 1925.

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Moment 3: The First Star, Paul Poiret

Considered a daringly modern designer in his time, Paul Poiret cultivated a lifestyle brand by offering furniture and fragrance with his fashions.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Titanic

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Moment 4: On the Titanic

In covering the tragedy, WWD focused on its impact on the fashion industry, including the fate of Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s, who was onboard.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Flappers and Sub-Flappers

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Moment 5: Flappers and Sub-flappers

Flappers embraced a look and a sexual freedom that infiltrated the mainstream, while teens adopted a younger, aspirational version, angering parents.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Coco Chanel in 1928.

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Moment 6: Chanel’s Arrival

Though Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel trailblazed on a number of fronts, her empire initially hinged on the use of jersey fabric, igniting the craze that followed.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Suzanne Lenglen, 1926

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Moment 7: Sports Circuit

WWD closely followed the fashions of tennis players and the larger trend toward more active living, which translated to sportier clothing and even eveningwear.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Seventh Avenue (on left), circa 1930.

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Moment 8: Seventh Avenue Emerges

The Garment Center was born on New York’s Lower East Side but made a permanent move to Midtown Manhattan after controversy and aggressive organizing.

clock November 1, 2010Arthur Friedman

Jean Harlow, the original platinum blonde.

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Moment 9: Hair Raising

WWD covered the beginnings of the hair color industry after L’Oréal invented hair dye in 1909, with ad campaigns by Clairol appearing in the Sixties.

clock November 1, 2010Andrea Nagel

Outside the New York Stock Exchange, 1929.

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Moment 10: A Rosy View on Economic Woes

WWD put an optimistic spin on the Wall Street crisis of 1929, reporting on increased sales, strong demand and “splendid” retail opportunity.

clock November 1, 2010Dianne M. Pogoda

Marlene Dietrich, 1940

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Moment 11: Women Embrace Menswear

WWD first reported on gender-bending trends in 1931 in Paris, which soon trickled to Hollywood, with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich leading the pack.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1973.

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Moment 12: Royal Romance

WWD breathlessly followed the coupling of King Edward and Bessie Wallis Simpson and the fashion industry frenzy that resulted dubbed the “Simpsonitis” epidemic.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton, 1932.

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Moment 13: Early Hollywood Impact

The early influence of Hollywood on fashion, and vice versa, began when motion pictures such as Peter Pan and That Royle Girl partnered with designers.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Max Factor making up Ida Lupino in 1936.

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Moment 14: Max Factor, Makeup Master

Max Factor changed beauty rituals forever by bringing eye shadow and eye pencils to the masses in 1914, and inventing lip gloss and false eyelashes.

clock November 1, 2010Molly Prior

The Andrews Sisters, 1941.

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Moment 15: Law of Austerity

WWII marked an era of sartorial austerity when the enactment of Law 85 restricted the use of silk, cotton, nylon and wool and regulated business practices.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Christian Dior on Avenue Montaigne, 1948.

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Moment 16: Dior’s Bright New Star

Christian Dior’s debut collection was anchored in two new skirt silhouettes, a mid-calf length for daytime and an ankle-length “for restaurant dining.”

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

A cloche from 1928, part of the flapper’s signature look.

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Moment 17: Hat Tricks

WWD covered the inclusion and evolution of hats in women’s wear, from Diane Keaton’s boyish bowler in Annie Hall to Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat.

clock November 1, 2010Dianne M. Pogoda

The model Sabine wears a skirt and swimsuit by Claire McCardell.

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Moment 18: The Chic American Look

American sportswear owes much to Claire McCardell, who favored a smart approach to style and worked chic, practical pieces into day and eveningwear.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Estée Lauder in 1961.

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Moment 19: Fountain of Youth

Estée Lauder transformed American fragrance in 1953 when, in a provocative advertisement, she introduced her Youth Dew—a perfume that doubled as a bath oil.

clock November 1, 2010Pete Born

Rudi Gernreich works on one of his many versions of the bikini in 1968.

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Moment 20: Bikinis Beckon

The two-piece swimsuit became more mainstream as designers Louis Réard, Jacques Heim and Rudi Gernreich continued to modernize them.

clock November 1, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

Grace Kelly holds what would become the Kelly bag, in 1959, seen with
Philadelphia surgeon James Lehman. The actress was in town to have her appendix out.

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Moment 21: ‘It’ Bags

The Fendi “Baguette” made its debut in 1997, launching the “It” bag era as we know it, though Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton started the trend in the Fifties.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

“Lucy Gets a Paris Gown,” from “I Love Lucy,” 1956.

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Moment 22: TV Changes Everything

The prevalence of television viewing in the Fifties shed new light on TV personalities and actors, who wanted to look their best in black-and-white.

clock November 1, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

The Woodstock Festival.

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Moment 31: They Were Stardust; They Were Golden

In August 1969, revelers of the counterculture gathered at Woodstock in fashions that included bell-bottoms, caftans and lots of skin.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Braless in 1969.

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Moment 32: Bye-Bye Bras

Emboldened by women’s liberation, women ditched their brassieres in droves in the late Sixties, and the braless look became popular.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Anthony Salerno is booked at a police station in 1973.

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Moment 33: Married to the Mob

Organized crime has played a significant role in the business of Seventh Avenue. In 1977, WWD ran a series titled “The Mafia: SA’s Silent Partner.”

clock November 1, 2010Arthur Friedman

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

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Moment 23: The New Mall

Seattle was home to the first suburban shopping mall in 1950, before the phenomenon took hold across the country.

clock November 1, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

Ralph and Ricky Lauren in 1974.

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Moment 34: It Started With Ties

In 1967, Ralph Lauren started selling ties out of borrowed showroom space. Now, the self-made billionaire sits atop an enormous global lifestyle empire.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Balenciaga, 1951

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Moment 25: A Perfectionist

A master of cut and construction, Cristobal Balenciaga made countless contributions to fashion—the cocoon coat, the balloon jacket, the sack dress and so on.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell in The Girl Can’t Help It, 1956.

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Moment 24: Dior’s New Look

Christian Dior debuted a dramatic silhouette in 1947, highlighting cone-shaped busts and wasp waists—perfect for the era’s buxom babes like Marilyn Monroe.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, 1972, inspired designers.

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Moment 35: Black Is Beautiful

The fashion industry discovered African-American culture and style in the Seventies, popularizing black models and looks like platform shoes.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

An early sketch by Steven Meisel for WWD and one of his photos for the paper from a Betsey Johnson fashion shoot.

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Moment 26: Art of Fashion

Art has captured fashion’s every nuance, first with stylized illustrations, then with professional photography and now with images captured on digital devices.

clock November 1, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Children modeling Pierre Cardin outfits in 1967.

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Moment 27: Pierre the Pioneer

An earlier adopter of licensing, Pierre Cardin has been adorning ties, fragrances, flatware and more with his name since the Sixties.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Babe and Bill Paley in 1965.

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Moment 36: The Lunch Bunch

Since the Sixties, WWD’s photographers have captured the well-dressed socialites who meet for a midday excuse to show off their latest fashions.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Richard Gere in American Gigolo, 1980.

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Moment 37: Giorgio’s Gigolo

Richard Gere dresses in a sharp Giorgio Armani suit for his role as a male prostitute in American Gigolo, helping to catapult the Italian designer to fame.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Paco Rabanne and Julie Harris discuss a Casino Royale costume in 1966.

Fashion Features

Moment 28: Space Age

Five years before astronauts reached the moon, designers were getting into the Space Age groove by creating cheeky interpretations of outer-space chic.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Truman Capote

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Moment 29: Party of the Century

Truman Capote hosted his famous Black and White Ball in November 1966, and the gala remains famous still for its ultra-exclusive guest list.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Broadway suits from 1978.

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Moment 38: All About Yves

Season after season, Saint Laurent treated the fashion world to his imagination, most notably his collection in April 1977, which WWD rewarded with five stars.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Jackie Kennedy in 1968.

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Moment 30: Oh, Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy elevated the nation’s capital to an international epicenter of chic and later popularized the still-trendy oversize sunglasses.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Vivienne Westwood (right) in London, 1997.

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Moment 39: Chain Reaction

WWD first reported on fashion inspired by punk rock music in December 1977, a look heavy with safety pins and?studs that remains fashionable today.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Pat Cleveland and Oscar de la Renta.

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Moment 41: Treaty of Versailles

A 1973 tête-à-tête among five American and five French designers at the famous palace led to a rethinking of fashion stereotypes.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Calvin Klein Jeans, 1979

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Moment 40: Status Symbol

The Seventies saw the rise of pricy designer denim, with labels like Jordache, Gloria Vanderbilt and even Studio 54 cashing in on the trend.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Liz Claiborne in 1978.

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Moment 42: Claiborne’s Working Women

Founded in 1976, Liz Claiborne’s sportswear company was among the most successful apparel firms in the world, boasting quality and affordability.

clock November 1, 2010Lisa Lockwood

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Moment 43: Disco Ball

Discotheques were the place to revel the night away for stars in the late Seventies. The energy was universal, and the famous clubs became hotbeds of style.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

The New York City transit strike gave birth to the suits-and-sneakers look, 1980.

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Moment 44: Work Shift

The trend of women wearing sneakers for commutes originated with the NYC transit strike in April 1980, when the city’s professional women hoofed it.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Ali MacGraw, 1969.

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Moment 45: The Ali Show

From Love Story to The Getaway, actress Ali MacGraw was one of the style icons of the Seventies with her fresh-faced bohemian beauty, knit cap and all.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Halston in his studio working on fall 1977.

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Moment 46: Prodigal Son

Halston truly owned the Seventies. Despite his spare, straightforward style, he was synonymous with all things glamorous in the Disco Age.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Karl Lagerfeld on the fall ’87 Chanel runway.

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Moment 51: Lagerfeld Rocks Chanel

Starting in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld redefined all notions of the role of the employee designer, clocking 16-hour days and reinvigorating the classic brand.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Louis Vuitton, 2005

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Moment 52: Logo Motion

Beginning with monogrammed Vuitton and Gucci bags in the Seventies, the status-driven logo craze among shoppers was ignited by exterior brand labels.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Calvin Klein in 1979.

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Moment 47: Calvin and Controversy

The infamous 1980 jean campaign starring a young Brooke Shields kicked off a long career of provocation for Calvin Klein.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Yamamoto, spring 2011

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Moment 53: The Japanese Arrive in Paris

WWD editors were fascinated by the collections shown by avant-garde Japanese designers to Paris in 1981, though their reviews were not always kind.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

The Antwerp Six: Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck and Dirk Bikkembergs.

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Moment 54: The Antwerp Six

Dubbed by WWD in 1986 as the “twerps,” a radical wave of designers including Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten emerged out of Antwerp, Belgium.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Madonna at the Buffalo Gals party, 1983

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Moment 55: Who’s That Girl?

Madonna’s look has transformed faster than fans can keep up—not that they really stood a chance once she donned Jean Paul Gaultier’s infamous cone bra.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Millard “Mickey” Drexler in 1995.

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Moment 56: Mickey’s Magic Acts

Millard “Mickey” Drexler has a knack for creative brand building and is credited with transforming both Gap and J. Crew into hot, innovative labels.

clock November 1, 2010David Moin

Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 1973.

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Moment 57: Reagan for Real

Former First Lady Nancy Regan was something of a fashion icon in the years before and during her turn in the White House, but she was not without controversy.

clock November 1, 2010Vanessa Lawrence

Marie, Robert and Kelly Gray in 1993.

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Moment 58: Shades of Gray

For 22 years, Kelly Gray served as the face of her parent’s luxury brand, St. John, a tradition of glamorous ad campaigns that earned her a fierce following.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Karl Lagerfeld in 1983.

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Moment 59: Let’s Get Physical

Headbands, legwarmers and off-the-shoulder tops became fashion classics in the Eighties thanks to Jane Fonda, Olivia Newton-John and Jennifer Beals.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Claude Montana, fall 1983

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Moment 60: Power Move

With help from designers Thierry Mugler and Claude Montana, exaggerated shoulders and an itty-bitty waist defined the look of the Eighties power woman.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Paris, 1983

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Moment 71: Bad Hair

The Eighties came to be known as the bad hair decade thanks to everyone who teased, twisted and generally tortured their hair into gravity-defying styles.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Yves Saint Laurent and Marina Schiano at the Opium launch party in 1978.

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Moment 48: Smells Like Money

Yves Saint Laurent’s launch of Opium in 1977 was a watershed moment for the fragrance industry, and the tide of designer fragrance has risen ever since.

clock November 1, 2010Matthew W. Evans

Saul and Gayfryd Steinberg in their sitting room in 1985.

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Moment 49: Nouvelle Society

WWD came up with the moniker the Nouvelle Society era to describe the infamous Eighties social scene dominated by financial titans and their clotheshorse wives.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Ralph Lauren opened his first freestanding store at New York’s Rhinelander Mansion in 1985.

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Moment 72: Vertical Horizon

The opening of Ralph Lauren’s Rhinelander flagship paved the way for other American designers to adopt the European tradition of freestanding stores.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Christian Lacroix and Marie Seznec prepare for fall 1987 couture.

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Moment 50: Pouf Goes Lacroix!

After creating the pouf dress that dazzled the fashion world in the mid-Eighties, Christian Lacroix now has no part in the licensing group that bears his name.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Isaac Mizrahi decks out Arthur Hubbert in his take on hip-hop in 1991.

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Moment 73: Hip-Hop Stop

Hip-hop-influenced fashion ruled the runways in the early Nineties, with Chanel’s Nouveau Rapper collection and the DKNY fly girls both exemplifying the trend.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Angela Missoni with her family behind her on the runway, fall 2010.

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Moment 61: Family Matters

The Fendis, Missonis and Ferragamos are only a few of the Italian families that have passed their companies down from generation to generation.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Prada, fall 2010

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Moment 74: Miuccia the Explorer

Since 1988, Miuccia Prada has reinvented herself time and time again—often changing course 180 degrees from one season to the next.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Helmut Lang on his spring 1999 runway.

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Moment 75: Helmut Changes the Calendar

In 1998, Helmut Lang bumped up the date of his upcoming spring show, prompting the rescheduling of New York’s Fashion Week from last to first.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Elizabeth Taylor at the White Diamonds launch, 1991.

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Moment 62: Common Scents

Though not the first celebrity with a perfume, Elizabeth Taylor wrote the rule book for the celebrity fragrances genre following her 1987 launch, Passion.

clock November 1, 2010Julie Naughton

Perry Ellis and models, fall 1981.

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Moment 63: Community in Crisis

By the time “AIDS” entered the lexicon, the fashion world was already fighting against the disease. Here, Perry Ellis, whose death was a call to action.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Gucci, fall 1994

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Moment 76: Gucci, The Tom Ford Years

From his breakout collection for fall 1995 to his final, breathtaking Gucci outing in fall 2004, Tom Ford held the fashion world in thrall.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Marc Jacobs, fall 2005

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Moment 77: The Emperor’s New Collections

Long before he became a pop culture phenomenon, Marc Jacobs’ most notorious moment came from his watershed grunge collection for Perry Ellis.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Stephen Sprouse’s spring 1985 collection.

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Moment 64: Sprouse Party

Stephen Sprouse became downtown Manhattan’s “It” boy, merging New York punk and high fashion and kick-starting trends that defined much of the Eighties.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Christian Dior, spring 1997 couture.

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Moment 78: Haute Shots

The spring 1997 couture season proved a milestone moment after the Chambre Syndicale opened up the couture ranks to ready-to-wear designers.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Gianni Versace at his fall 1997 show.

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Moment 79: Death of Versace

The shocking murder of Gianni Versace, who was gunned down in front of his home in South Beach in 1997, reverberated around the globe.

clock November 1, 2010Lisa Lockwood

The bodysuit was the cornerstone of Donna Karan’s “easy pieces.”

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Moment 65: The Way of Donna

Since its launch in 1985, Donna Karan’s signature line of jersey bodysuits and mix-and-match pieces has fit her lifelong “woman-to-woman” mantra.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

DVF, spring 1973.

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Moment 80: DVF in the USA

With Diane von Furstenberg paving the way in the Seventies, American women designers took aim at a new customer: a working, professional female.

clock November 1, 2010Dianne M. Pogoda

Oscar de la Renta in 1973.

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Moment 66: Designing Men

Though they offered very different takes on chic, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass became linked in the communal fashion psyche in the extravagant Eighties.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista in 1994.

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Moment 67: The Supes

The Nineties ushered in the era of the supermodel, who dominated not only fashion runways but magazines and print and TV ad campaigns.

clock November 1, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Donna Karan goes public in 1996.

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Moment 68: IPO Fever

Investors went crazy over initial public offerings from marquee fashion brands in the mid-Nineties.

clock November 1, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Michael Jackson in 1983 making the Beat It video.

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Moment 69: Video Stars

MTV, launched in 1981, promised a 24-hour diet of music television, feeding the nation’s living rooms a constant stream of fashionable stars in stylish videos.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Robert Campeau in 1988.

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Moment 70: Campeau Gets Crazy

Hunger for acquisitions sent Robert Campeau, a developer with grand plans for malls, on a department store buying spree, a move that soon went bust.

clock November 1, 2010David Moin

Calvin Klein and Linda Wachner made up just before trial in 2001.

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Moment 81: Famous Feuds

From Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli to Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion industry is no stranger to the occasional dispute.

clock November 1, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Michael Kors, spring 2011

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Moment 82: As Luxe Would Have It

Designers of a sportswear mind-set, like Michael Kors and Christophe Decarnin, redefined the luxury market in the Nineties and Aughts.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Demi Moore in Die Hard biking pants and Rain Man cape, 1989.

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Moment 91: Best and Worst Dressed

Demi Moore’s 1989 Oscar gown fiasco inspired starlets who came after her to bet on pretty-but-safe numbers.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Lady Gaga in 2010.

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Moment 92: Before She Was Gaga

Before her rise to pop diva, Lady Gaga was just another aspiring artist. WWD put her on the front page of the August 13, 2007, issue.

clock November 1, 2010Julie Naughton

Valentino on his fall 2007 couture runway.

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Moment 93: Valentino, The Last Emperor

After an extravagant 45th anniversary celebration in 2007, Valentino offered his final famous runway wave at his fall 2008 couture show in Paris.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Curvy models have started to make a comeback, as on Louis Vuitton’s fall 2010 runway; Spain banned models that were deemed too thin in 2006.
Here, a runway look from the Spanish designer Lemoniez.

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Moment 94: The Skinny

In the modeling world, what constitutes “thin” has fluctuated; curvier models were phased out after Kate Moss triggered the waif trend—and a media backlash.

clock November 1, 2010Julie Naughton

Fendi’s show on the Great Wall outside of Beijing, 2007.

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Moment 95: It’s a Small World

The pace of economic globalization has accelerated since the Nineties, with fashion houses taking their first big steps in emerging markets.

clock November 1, 2010Miles Socha

Alexander McQueen’s armadillo shoe, spring 2010.

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Moment 96: The Walk of Pain

Sometime around 2005, designers turned sadistic into sartorial chic. Spikes, studs and impossibly high heels became the go-to in runway footwear.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Paris and Nicky Hilton at Jill Stuart’s fall 2009 show.

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Moment 97: Front Row Frenzy

Fashion Week celebrity gawking took over runway admiring. The circus-like pandering became such that it took away from the real focus: the clothes.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Barack and Michelle Obama, who wore Jason Wu to the Inaugural Balls, in 2009.

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Moment 98: First Fashion

From J. Crew to Jason Wu, First Lady Michelle Obama established herself as a woman who wanted to use fashion to make an impact.

clock November 1, 2010Sarah Haight

Anna Wintour backstage at Rodarte’s spring show.

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Moment 99: Wintour Wonderland

Since taking the reins at American Vogue in 1988, Anna Wintour has drastically transformed the fashion industry and the parameters of a magazine editor.

clock November 1, 2010Nick Axelrod

Rodarte, fall 2008; Jason Wu, spring 2010; Proenza Schouler, spring 2011; Tao Comme des Garçons, spring 2011; Haider Ackermann, spring 2011; Alexander Wang, spring 2010

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Moment 100: Generation Next

The past decade saw an explosion of talented newcomers. The likes of Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Alexander Wang offer a glimpse of what the future holds.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

Jennifer Lopez on the runway of Sweetface, fall 2005.

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Moment 83: The ‘Delebrity’ Rises

Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani ignited a craze of celebrity designers in the fashion scene in 2003, with many others following their lead.

clock November 1, 2010Venessa Lau

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

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Moment 84: Sex Addiction

Designers Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin became household names after the Sex and the City cast catapulted them to cultlike status.

clock November 1, 2010Amy Wicks

Roberto Cavalli attends Cavalli’s H&M collection launch in New York in 2007.

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Moment 85: Upside Down

High-end designers capitalized on public demand by putting their names on accessibly priced fashion.

clock November 1, 2010Sharon Edelson

Lanvin, fall 2000

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Moment 86: This Old House

Pair the right designer with the right house and sparks can fly, as Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesqiuère, Riccardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo and Tomas Maier have proven.

clock November 1, 2010Jessica Iredale

Christian Dior, spring 2000

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Moment 87: Homeless by Dior

In 2000, Dior’s John Galliano presented one of the most controversial shows ever staged: a haute couture collection inspired by Paris’ homeless population.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

September 11

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Moment 88: September 11

Instead of covering what should have been the third day of New York Fashion Week, reporters immersed themselves in the terrorist attacks.

clock November 1, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

Spring 2011 collections at the tents.

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Moment 89: Bloggers Take Over

Social media sped up the fashion world and made it more democratic. Now it was possible for anyone to publish a blog and develop an audience.

clock November 1, 2010Cate T. Corcoran

Alexander McQueen, spring 2008

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Moment 90: RIP McQueen

Alexander McQueen is remembered as showman, storyteller and designer who made his entire career a fashion moment.

clock November 1, 2010Bridget Foley

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