Calling It: These Are the Top 20 Fashion Icons of All Time

When we talk about the biggest fashion icons of all time, what do we mean? We’re talking about the women who have continued to influence our wardrobes all these years later—from Grace Kelly’s refined aesthetic to Madonna’s rebellious sensibilities as well as the likes of Jane Birkin, whose chic basket bag has meant we continue to wear one every summer. These icons leave us with an unforgettable sartorial legacy, inspiring women then and now to replicate their look.

We’ve managed to whittle down a list to 20 women, so keep scrolling to see who made the cut.

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From smartly tailored pantsuits to fedoras and bow ties, Dietrich’s sartorial tastes leaned heavily towards menswear, yet the silver screen star of the ’20s and ’30s still exuded an undeniably feminine sensuality.

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Legendary Swedish actress Garbo popularised a slightly androgynous look—comfortable, classic, unfussy—that reflected her no-nonsense personality as well.

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This actress channeled a decidedly powerful look in the ’40s, one that eschewed anything “girly” or fussy in favour of masculine-inspired pieces—think tailored blazers, pleated trousers and loafers.

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To many, Bacall’s look in the ’40s—which alternated between sharp suits and slinky evening gowns—epitomized all-American elegance.

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Even before she became a real-life princess, Kelly was known for her ladylike ’50s look, which consisted of the feminine pearls, coats and dresses that are timeless even today.

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Audrey Hepburn’s signature style smacked of minimalist chic. Off duty, she often enhanced her signature pixie cut with impeccable yet casual separates like turtlenecks, cropped pants and ballet flats.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood image was that of sultry bombshell, a reputation she fostered by wearing skintight dresses and va-va-voom tops that flaunted her figure to perfection.

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Although Jean Seberg was actually from small-town Iowa, the actress’s penchant for Breton T-shirts, crisp blouses and slim trousers came to personify everything cool and sophisticated about Parisian style.

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The former first lady was the picture of all-American polish. Even after she remarried to Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, shifting her style from pillbox hats and shift dresses to oversized sunglasses and head scarves, the public continued to remain fascinated by her look.

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The British model’s gamine look—lanky limbs, a pixie crop, and doll-like eyes, not to mention the Mary Quant minis and mod dresses she often wore—made her a poster child of the ’60s.

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Hermès’s renowned Birkin bag is named after the British actress, who captured a free-spirited, bohemian-inspired style in the ’60s—think slightly sheer blouses, micro shorts, and flared jeans—that felt decidedly French.

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The word fierce is part of the Beyoncé vernacular now, but back in the ’60s, it belonged solely to Ross. The Supremes singer’s name is synonymous with glitz and glamour thanks to her bedazzled outfits, bigger-is-better jewels and voluminous hair.

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We can’t think about Dunaway without envisioning the actress’s signature beret hats, short-sleeve sweaters and midi skirts, the elegantly appealing look she sported in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde and also off the clock.

Late-’60s style icon Talitha Getty consistently looked the part of hippie gypset in colourful prints, kaftans and furs, a style that’s undoubtedly inspired modern-day fashion girls like Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

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Often spotted in turbans, sequined pieces and truly fabulous hats, Jagger was fashion-forward even for her time. The model—and Studio 54 fixture—embraced the bold, flashy outfits that cemented her fashion-icon status.

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For the paramour of more than one member of the Rolling Stones in the swinging ’60s, it’s only fitting that Pallenberg commandeered a rock ’n’ roll–inspired style: swingy minidresses, wide-brimmed hats, fringed vests and kohl-rimmed eyes.

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Hutton’s approach to dressing is best described as effortlessly natural, much like the gap-toothed smile that became her beloved trademark. The actress and supermodel wore button-downs, slouchy pants and simple T-shirts with an enviable laissez-faire attitude.

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Who could forget Keaton dressed in a vest, tie and bowler hat in her famous role as Annie Hall? The actress’s borrowed-from-the-boys style revolutionised the way women dressed in the late ’70s and early ’80s—and we’re thankful for it!

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As the frontwoman of Blondie, Harry is punk royalty, and her wardrobe reflected that with DIY-inspired, shredded rocker T-shirts, black jeans and tough biker jackets galore.

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Madonna has continued to reinvent her look over the decades, but it’s the Material Girl’s first appearance on the scene—wearing cone bras and studded bustiers in the ’80s—that make her a fashion trailblazer.

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