Fashion Icons In The 1950s

Filed under: Fashion in the 50s - 25 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

The 1950s are commonly described as the era of glamor, femininity and style. This also is the period of return to the European haute couture. New materials and designs were embraced in the 1950s, so there is no wonder after all that this period is believed to be the era of radical changes in fashion.

The 1950s is a period characterized by shirtwaist dresses, form-fitting wiggle skirts and ornate cardigan sweaters. This fun and really chic fashion trend dominated the 1950s and continued to be a major trend in the 1960s, too. Women such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor influenced fashion trends and actually created new styles. Here are the most famous fashion icons of the 1950s.

1. Marilyn Monroe

Even though Marilyn Monroe is not described as the best actress of her period, she surely is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Her affairs have made Marilyn even more famous, but the star remains best known for her fashion influence.


Beautiful dresses, perfect accessories and feminine looks best describe the star. Marylin Monroe is without a doubt the most famous fashion icon of the 1950s, her style being adopted by women from all around the globe.


2. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn has always dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Instead, she became one of the most beautiful and appreciated actresses of the 1950s. The star is a fashion icon, too, thanks to her feminine and very chic outfits.


Even today, Audrey remains one of the world’s biggest fashion icons. The star has always appreciated Givenchy clothes, actually claiming that his clothes are the only ones in which she can be herself. The little back dress featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a Givenchy design.


Below you can check out one of the most beautiful dresses Audrey has ever worn.


3. Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor’s beauty has always shocked. The talented actress’s outfits are glamorous, elegant and feminine. Actually, when it comes to style, Elizabeth has always been fearless.


In time, the star’s style became bolder. However, her elegant dresses will always remain popular and appreciated by both celebrities and women from all over the world, who try to recreate her looks.



Designers like Christian Dior made women’s fashion fun, sexy and chic. Actually, Christian Dior has the credit for the fashion of the 1950s. The famous designer launched elegant and sophisticated clothing that women just loved.

The most notable designers of the 1950s are Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, Hubert Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel. Each of these designers brought an important contribution to the clothing style specific to this era.

Major trends

Not many people seem to know this, but 1950s fashion was characterized by sexy swimsuits and bright colors. This is the time when a complex rebellion takes place in women’s fashion. Girls start wearing more revealing clothes. Form-fitting dresses are sexier, tighter and highlight women’s curves. Bright colors make them noticed by anyone. 

1950s fashion has an important influence on what we wear today, as well. Numerous celebrities, including Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson, support the 1950s fashion and opt for the sexy and feminine style specific to this period.