The online community (this author included) loves a good throwback photo. It’s an opportunity to share cute baby pics or embarrassing errors in fashion judgment, and—let’s be honest—it’s also led to many flattering selfies. In fact, the #TBT hashtag has been used over 328 million times on Instagram, further affirming our assumption that there must be something that stimulates a positive chemical reaction in our brains when we see these images.
That’s why when we stumbled upon a handful of archival snapshots of fashion industry giants like Hamish Bowles, Anna Wintour and Suzy Menkes, we knew a roundup was the only answer. And round up we did: See below for 15 playful shots of the figures in our world that are truly pushing the needle in publishing, design, and beyond. And if your flashback appetite isn’t satiated afterward, pick up a copy of Fashion Icons for a good read.
Click through the gallery below for a look at 15 fashion icons and their incredible throwback pictures.
Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Anna Wintour in the ’90s wearing (and standing alongside) designer Donna Karan.
The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Kate Moss, were you ever not cool? Unlikely.
Rose Hartman/Getty Images
Designer Michael Kors always ran with the cool crowd.
Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images
We’d be curious to know if Hamish Bowles still owns this fabulous tartan suit.