Women are an inseparable part of the fashion industry. About 54% of the world’s sales are accounted to women and it’s growing. From Mona Lisa to Audrey Hepburn, women are not only the consumers but also the inspiration for various designers that eventually turned out to be classics and must-haves in everyone’s wardrobe. We have curated a similar list that features some of the best designer creations that were inspired by the world’s most influential celebrities, personalities, and actresses.
1. Birkin Bag
The Hermès Birkin Bag is regarded as one of the best bags as an investment. Created by the French luxury good maker for English actress and singer Jane Birkin now comes handmade in a plethora of leathers, exotic skins with a combination of precious metal hardware and encrusted with jewels. They have a range of sizes available from 25-, 30-, 35-, to 40-centimeters, with traveling bags of 50- and 55-centimeters. Given the limited production, these bags are well revered and definitely make a statement!
2. Kelly Bag
Another iconic design in the world of bags and in the world of Hermes is the Kelly bag which was formerly known as the Sac à dépêches. The bag was redesigned several times before it was popularized by and then named after the American actress and Monégasque princess Grace Kelly. The Kelly bag is a trapezium closed with two straps. Did you know the construction of each Kelly bag requires 18 to 25 hours of handicraft, with each item being created by a single artisan?
3. DvF Wrap Dress
Invented by Belgian fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in 1974, the body-hugging wrap dress quickly rose to fame. The frock is flattering, versatile, and easy to wear, pack, and style – a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. “It started as a wrap top and skirt, and I thought it would make a simple and sexy dress. I had no idea it would be such a phenomenon.”, said designer Diane von Furstenberg in an interview.
4. The Jackie
Designed in the 1950s, the Jackie bag was originally called the Fifties Constance, until the former first lady Jackie Kennedy was famously photographed shielding herself from the paparazzi with one of these bags in the 1970s. Since then the bag has been regarded as the Jackie. The bag has also been reimagined in various sizes, skins, and textures.
5. Cartier Panthère
While not this iconic jewelry might not be exactly named after this fashion icon, it’s significant nonetheless. The first three-dimensional Cartier Panthère was created in 1948 for Prince Edward VIII’s wife, the Duchess of Windsor, using a 116.74-carat emerald from the Duke’s own collection. The cat, in gold and onyx, was perched right above the enormous stone. New year, new Panther. Later the panther design was also incorporated in various statement jewelry items by Daisy Fellowes, Nina Aga Khan, and Barbara Hutton.
6. Lady Dior
Continuing with the British royalty, Princess Diana has had a significant impact on the fashion industry with her bold yet elegant dressing style and signature bob. The Princess first received the bag as a gift from the then-First Lady of France, Bernadette Chirac, in 1995. Formerly known as the Chouchou bag, Dior renamed it the Lady Dior in 1996, in honor of Diana.
7. Audrey Ballet Shoes
Created in 1954 for British actress Audrey Hepburn by Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo was as iconic as it was comfortable. The Audrey shoes were suede ballet shoes with a kidskin strap and buckle, had a low, oval heel and shell-shaped sole inspired by the Native American opanke moccasins. In 2015, the brand unveiled a ballerina shoe collection that re-introduced its iconic designs.