It’s the designers who think outside the box that make style interesting. Steve Jobs said that Rebellious Fashion is made up of “misfits”, the rebels, and those who see things differently. Rebellious Fashion is full of “troublemakers”, in the best way possible. These are those who push the boundaries of fashion and change the way we dress every day. Modern-day fashion icons like Rihanna (let’s not forget her transparent CFDA gown), Lady Gaga (how Lady Gaga walks in McQueen platforms, I don’t know), and Alexander Wang (body heat-sensitive ready to wear, anyone?) were long before us. These eight fashion icons grabbed their corsets, studs and paints with a rebel shout and changed the way we dress.
Gabrielle “Coco”, Chanel, The Inventor Rebellious Style of the Little Black Dress
We can all thank Coco Chanel for allowing us to not have to wear a corset or bustle this morning. She was tired of the restrictive and formal styles of her day and invented modern sportswear. She retired corsets and created the first little black dresses. She wanted women to be able to move in their clothes (hooray, we like moving! ).
Christian Dior is the One Who Made Rebellious Fashion Fantasies Real
Christian Dior was the first to make Paris the fashion capital of the world in 1947. His debut collection was the birth of the “New Look” fashion. It featured high-waisted silhouettes and mid-calf skirts during day and ankle-grazing, bell-shaped hems at night. A skirt made of 45 yards of fabric caused a lot of controversy for Dior. This was a controversial decision that was seen as extravagant and excessive in the light years of World War II. In 1957, he died suddenly leaving behind a young Yves Saint Laurent as the head of the world’s most prestigious house. However, Dior’s visions of excess and fantasy continue to inspire designers today.
Helmut Lang, The Minimalist
The 1980s were a time of excess, and the 1990s required a refreshing of the sartorial palette. Helmut Lang is known for his languid style, including suiting for men and careful neutrals, ranging from icy greys to moody, sable browns. The New York City-based, Austrian-born minimalist changed fashion’s paradigm for many years. Recently, Lang’s minimalistic style was again in fashion, clearly influencing Celine’s neo-minimalistic collections, which were created under the guidance of Phoebe Philo, creative director. Fun fact about Lang: He was the one who initiated the change in the fashion industry’s schedule. He announced in July 1998 that he would change his spring show date and present before European collections. Calvin Klein followed his lead and New York Rebellious Fashion week officially presented before Paris, London, and Milan the next season. As we all celebrate Helmut’s success, we will be giving thanks for New York Fashion Week 2015 in style. Happy Rebellious Fashion Week, everyone!