Style Icon: Louise Brooks

Like any true style icon, Louise Brooks is instantly recognizable. That crisp bob haircut, those pearls, those dark soft eyes. This was the one star who perfectly embodied the jazz age and the rebellious free spirit of those times.

Dancer, showgirl, fashion model, courtesan…this bold girl did it all. She was famous for her vamp movie roles, her shocking lesbian dalliances (including a one night affair with Greta Garbo), and her scandalous nude photoshoots for 1920s pin-up magazines.

More, including video, after the jump:

Her style has been copied time and time again. Just take a look at this clip of Cyd Charisse sporting a Louise-Brooks-inspired look for Singin In The Rain:

Or Isabella Rossellini in Louise’s glam ’20s coiffure:

You know you’re truly a fashion icon when you’ve developed a look that is instantly recognizable, a look that others are dying to copy.

We should each strive for some of that flair in our own wardrobe, for something shocking and unexpected. So, think it over. What is your signature? Is there a unique hairstyle, makeup style, piece of jewelry or clothing that defines you?…

Posted on August 4, 2011, in Interviews & Profiles, Women's Fashion & Style and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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