They go hand in hand, as fashion guru Nina Garcia stated, when the Beatles went hippie-psychedelic, the world went hippie-psychedelic too. When Debbie Harry from Blondie ripped her tights and hiked up her skirt, girls everywhere followed. This is Nina's set list of musicians with style.
Diana Ross and the Supremes reigned supreme with their feminine, glamorous 1950's sophistication. Diana said "With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes."
Cher has an exotic, hippie style and introduced California cool to the world. She said "I've always taken risks and never worried what the world might think of me. Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great."
Joplin haunted the thrift stores and friend's closets for unique pieces. She customised her clothes with embroidery and beading. She was rock's first female star and invented her own style that you see on the Sienna Miller's of today. She famously said "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got."
She could easily be mistaken for a boy and that was the point. Patti Smith blurred the lines between women's and men's fashion and the rest of the world caught on a decade later. Patti said "There weren't a whole lot of female images that I could grab onto. So a lot of my influences were male."She was the first punk-rock princess. She loved to break the rules. It was her blend of sex and strength that made her a style icon and a symbol of the 1980's. Later singers like Madonna, Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani would all attribute their styles to her. Debbie said "I am the party."
Tina Turner with her miniskirt, lipstick and spiked hair. She is one of the most glamorous icon's of rock, known for her daring, edgy outfits and amazing legs. Tina said "Physical strength in a woman, that's what I am."
There is nothing daring or controversial that Madonna has not embraced or created. She is like a chameleon, constantly reinventing herself and her image. Her career evolved with carefully planned stylistic phases. She is quite simply, on the cutting edge. She said, "Better to live one year as a tiger, than one hundred as a sheep." I so agree.