Friday, October 23, 2009

Amelia Earhart: Fashion Icon? w/ PHOTOS

Came across this article in the Huffington Post this morning.
I was very surprised to learn that not only was Amelia Earhart the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but she was also the First Famous Fashion Designer in the U.S.!

With the release of Fox Searchlights "Amelia" starring Hilary Swank, I felt it appropriate to share this article.

via The Huffington Post

Unlike aviators lost in the sky, fashions always come back. Among the styles recently returned from the dead are micro minis, skinny belts, jumpsuits, platform shoes -- and, now, the Amelia Earhart look.

It's been revived by Jean Paul Gaultier for the fall Hermes ready-to-wear collection soon arriving in stores, and it features shirts with narrow ties, trousers, leather pencil skirts and bomber jackets. At the Hermes show in Paris last March, models wore aviator hats and goggles with the clothes, as the roar of prop-plane engines set up beyond the catwalk filled the air. "I was inspired by a woman, I forgot her name, an American pilot with very short, wavy hair who was wearing an aviator jacket, which I love, and a little scarf that was so Hermes," Gaultier told the Associated Press.

He probably would be surprised to know that old what's her name wasn't just a style icon; she also had her own fashion label. In fact, Amelia Earhart was America's first celebrity designer, and the story of her short-lived Amelia Earhart line is the story of the start of fashion mass marketing.

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