I feel like every time I turn on the TV (or the internet...) there's a Fashion Reality show telling me that so and so is a Fashion Icon. We're flooded with them, we're expected to know them, and we also supposed to have our own personal gods (or, um, icons).
I think it might be true that we all have them. A touch point in popular or personal culture that is a beacon that guides us through the dark times of our closets. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has uttered the desperate words "What would Madonna do?". The issue with airing them publicly (and I am so about to air them publicly), is that they then become available to be judged. If Nina Garcia got all huffy at me on Project Runway and asked me to explain how my style icons could ever wear that latex bikini and space tunic I would have to explain. My style icons are not glamorous socialites. Not usually anyway. I don't believe that high fashion is the be all and end all of looking good.
On to the Lexicon of my Fashion Icons.
The First- Cyndi Lauper
I was exposed to the greatness of Cyndi Lauper at a very young age. I remember being dressed up in a party dress, putting coloured hair spray in my pouffed up hair and jumping around on my mom's bed to Girls Just Want to Have Fun, I may have been 4.
I was excited be her sense of acceptable rebellion. She was in party dresses and makeup. She was singing pop songs. But she wasn't doing it for you, she was doing it as a form of personal expression and for fun. Over time her spirit has carried me through to a strong understanding of myself and how I prefer to dress. Also a pioneer of showing her underpants in non-sexy fashion.
The Next One- Madonna
Although not always a driving force in the life of my wardrobe one cannot ignore the power of Madonna.
She's more a like a check and balance, than an inspiration. In moments where I need to be the center of attention in the most broken down glamorous way, I think of Madonna. I'm not saying it works, I'm just saying it happens.
Teen Teen Teen- Courtney Love
This one is special, as Mz Love totally owns one of my accessories. A style icon who has at least in a little way gave a nod back in my direction? Worth mentioning.
I tried my best as a 14 year old to look like her, FAILED. However knowing the power of a baby doll dress and a boyfriend sweater has never been a bad thing.