Spring livin’ suggestions: embody your favorite fashion icon

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Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 3 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

With a change of season, comes an obvious change in wardrobe. But the transition from winter to spring in Cleveland can be tough. Remember when it snowed on Easter? Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Billie Holiday, China Machado, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Marilyn Monroe … and the list goes on … we’re continuously inspired by influential women in fashion. Here are our favorite looks from a few female style icons to help get you from winter to spring.

Audrey Hepburn {1929 – 1993} was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age staring in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992.

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Beyonce is an American recording artist and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. The group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love, was release in 2003 and established her as a solo artist worldwide. The album sold over 10 million copies, earned numerous Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy.”

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Billie Holiday {1915 – 1959} was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day,” Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday “changed the art of American pop vocals forever.” She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably “God Bless the Child,” “Don’t Explain,” “Fine and Mellow” and “Lady Sings the Blues.” She may be most well-known for singing “Easy Living,” “Good Morning Heartache,” and “Strange Fruit.” Music critic Robert Christgau called her “uncoverable, possibly the greatest singer of the century.”

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China Machado is a former fashion model and magazine editor. Born in Shanghai, China, Machado was the first non-Caucasian to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine – the February 1959 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She become Harper Bazaar’s Senior Fashion Editor, and eventually Fashion Director.

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Coco Chanel [1883 – 1971] was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She liberated women from the constraints of the corseted silhouette and popularized a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard post-World War I. Her influence extended beyond clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in couture jewelry, handbags and fragrance (i.e. her signature scent, Chanel No. 5).

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Diane von Furstenberg is a Belgian born American fashion designer best known for her iconic knitted jersey “wrap dress” in 1974. An example of  the dress, due to its influence on women’s fashion, is in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1970, with a $30,000 investment, von Furstenberg began designing women’s clothes – “The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s {Prince Egon of Fürstenberg} wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.”

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Marilyn Monroe {1926 – 1962} was an American actress, model and singer who stared in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe’s last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable, with a screenplay written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Who’s your favorite fashion icon? Share women who inspire your style as well as spring-inspired #ootd on social media using #UCSpringStyle. 

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