Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and the Olsen twins make Time's 100 Fashion Icons list… but where are Tyra Banks and Rachel Zoe
14:08 GMT, 4 April 2012
The world's style superstars have been listed in TIME magazine's 100 most influential fashion icons – a first for the publication, in anticipation of its annual 100 poll.
Child actors-turned-designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the First Lady and the 'monster mother' Lady Gaga made the list, however many big-name creatives and fashion pioneers have failed to feature.
Divided into categories, the list is fairly exhaustive and includes designers & brands, models, muses, photographers and editors &
stylists, whose careers stretch back to 1923 when TIME launched. Still, as with any list-making endeavor, there were bound to be oversights.
Fashion's first ladies: Lady Gaga (left), Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson (middle) and Michelle Obama (right) made the list of TIME's 100 most influential fashion icons
The 25-year-old Olsen duo join iconic
creators such as Miuccia Prada, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior on the Designers & Brands
list, which seems a strange choice when many prominent and highly
influential succeeding designers, save for John Galliano, and Karl
Lagerfeld, were clearly missing.
Raf Simons, Christopher Bailey and Hedi
Slimane, who is credited for bringing skinny jeans to the
mainstream, were all left off the list – which doesn't include any notable retailers either, such as Andrew Saks and Ikram Goldman.
However a few head-turners made the cut, such as Sarah Blakely, the inventor of Spanx, who TIME said 'has helped shape the modern woman – literally'.
Jacques Heim and Louis Rard, the men who invented the two piece swimsuit, which
eventually became the bikini, also featured.
Designer days: The list, which includes fashion icons from 1923 when the magazine first launched, has named designers like the late Yves Saint Laurent (left) and Karl Lagerfeld (right) in its top 100
Style setters: Models that made the list include Twiggy (left) and Kate Moss (right), however supers including Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington were left off
the list of Editors & Stylists, others may wonder where the more
mainstream visionaries are who have made an impact, like Rachel Zoe.
While more predictable
mentions were included, such as Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, renowned fashion critics
Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes were both left out.
This is mostly noteworthy for the fact that Robin Gavensen, however, was mentioned. She is the Pulitzer prize winning Daily Beast writer who Karl Lagerfeld publicly
claimed to have never heard of, after she wrote a less than shining review
of his current designer status.
Obama joins former First Lady Jackie Onassis in the muses category, who
sit alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol –
however Warhol's own iconic muse, Edie Sedgwick, is noticeably missing.
In the models category, Nineties supers
including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss make an appearance, but Claudia Schiffer, 'The Body' Elle Macpherson and Christy Turlington were left off.
Left out: Many prominent fashion leaders were not included in the list, such as Rachel Zoe (left), Tyra Banks (right) and 'The Body' Elle Macpherson
Gisele Bndchen, who topped the Forbes
magazine World's 10 Top-Earning
Models in May last year, is listed, but as far as newer faces go it
ends with her.
Younger iconic faces like Lara Stone and Coco Rocha were left off, who
have made waves in both editorial aspects of the modelling industry as well as their
role in helping to re-shape it, bringing attention to its body issues and
labour issues, respectively.
And while Heidi Klum was counted, Tyra Banks, who as well as building a successful empire, was the first African-American woman to feature on covers of both the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Victoria's Secret catalog, was surprisingly missing.
With this thought in mind, some might also take issue with the lack of ethnic diversity – only eight black and two Asian icons, of the 100 people, made an appearance.
Still, with only 100 spots to fill spanning 89
years of of the world's most iconic names in fashion, obviously
there are going to be some, if not many, movers and shakers left on the sidelines.
TIME MAGAZINE'S TOP 100 FASHION ICONS
Designers & Brands
Azzedine AlaaGiorgio ArmaniCristobal BalenciagaManolo BlahnikSara BlakelyPierre CardinJacques CartierHussein ChalayanCoco ChanelChristian DiorDolce & GabbanaTom FordHubert de GivenchyJohn GallianoJean Paul GaultierJacques Heim & Louis RardRudi GernreichHermsMarc JacobsRei KawakuboCalvin KleinRen LacosteKarl LagerfeldJeanne LanvinRalph LaurenChristian LouboutinAlexander McQueenIssey MiyakeMary-Kate and Ashley OlsenJean PatouMiuccia PradaMary QuantRoy RaymondYves Saint LaurentJil SanderElsa SchiaparelliLevi StraussTiffany & Co.Philip TreacyValentinoGianni VersaceDiane von FurstenbergLouis VuittonVera WangVivienne Westwood
Gisele BndchenNaomi CampbellCindy CrawfordLinda EvangelistaImanBeverly JohnsonHeidi KlumKate MossJean ShrimptonTwiggy
Josephine BakerBrigitte BardotThe BeatlesJane BirkinDavid BowieJames DeanFarrah FawcettZelda FitzgeraldJean HarlowAudrey HepburnKatharine HepburnMichael JacksonGrace KellyLady GagaMadonnaMichelle ObamaJacqueline Kennedy OnassisBettie PagePrincess DianaAndy Warhol
Richard AvedonGuy BourdinHorst P. HorstNick KnightAnnie LeibovitzSteven MeiselMartin MunkcsiHelmut NewtonIrving PennHerb RittsMario TestinoEllen von UnwerthBruce Weber
Editors & Stylists
Isabella BlowGrace CoddingtonPatricia FieldRobin GivhanEdith HeadEleanor LambertBarbara “Babe” PaleyCarine RoitfeldFranca SozzaniLiz TilberisDiana VreelandAnna Wintour