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Though fashion is an industry driven by change, there are images etched in our collective memory that help define a decade. Here, we’ve asked some of the pillars of the industry to select the models who best captured “the moment,” from the Swinging Sixties to InstaFashion.

Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Stylist

“My favorite models are the Trinity: Linda, Naomi and Christy. Those girls had personality and they loved fashion as much as I do! And most importantly—we had fun!”

 

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

“I gave Amber Valletta her first cover when I was still with British Marie Claire. Later on, she appeared in what has got to be one of the all-time greatest fashion sessions, which is of course the angels session, shot by Peter Lindbergh for Harper’s Bazaar. But most importantly, over the years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Amber, and apart from her obviously being drop dead gorgeous, she has a lovely spirit, is gracious and has a great sense of humor.”

 

James Danziger, Photography Dealer

“With a 19-year-old daughter whose interests are fashion and art, I am constantly being kept up to date. I’m particularly impressed by the new generation of models who have taken to social media and the Internet to control their own image—my favorite is Natalie Westling. With her slightly other-worldly looks—something of the new normal these days—she looks like a figure from Edward Gorey or The Addams Family, but one who skateboards aggressively and campaigns for LGBT rights.

I first saw Natalie in one of i-D Magazine’s YouTube videos called ‘A Guide To Being A Modern Lady.’ In this video she reads from a 1950s etiquette book for young ladies, reinterpreting the advice for Generation Z: “Polish your silver and gold” finds Westling polishing her collection of skull rings.”

 

Ivan Bart, President of IMG Models

“Shalom Harlow defined the ‘90s. If you think about it, a decade doesn’t really begin until you’re three or four years into it—that’s when it begins to take shape. So around ‘93, we were just seeing the end of the supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. Then in walks Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta. They were not the Amazonian über models.

I still remember, Shalom would walk into a room with these granny glasses and you’d think, ‘Who is that librarian standing over there?’ But after hair and makeup, she’d be completely transformed. No one could walk a runway like Shalom. She would jut her hips out; she was so graceful.

She became the muse to Marc Jacobs, who started the grunge movement, and then to so many designers like Alexander McQueen. This moment goes down in fashion history as one of the best: it was 1998 and McQueen put her in this simple white cinched-waist flouncy dress and he had her positioned between these two robotic arms. She’s an actress; she was seemingly struggling as these arms came out and sprayed her with paint. By the end, it was a graffiti dress. People just were clapping and screaming for 25 minutes.”

 

Lynn Yaeger, Writer

“I think Twiggy was just extremely magical. I think it was in Seventeen that I first saw her. I look nothing like her obviously, but I thought ‘maybe I did. Maybe I could.’ I was a young girl when she burst onto the scene—she’s older than I am—she was so beautiful and unserious. There was a great playfulness about her.

It was this ‘60s revolution, that was so appealing to me—even though it was before I had any politics. And you know, I’m completely leftist, but there was something about her being this completely working class girl. Completely unpretentious. Completely not in that rarified fashion world of money and status. She was discovered as a hair-washing girl. I liked all of that!”

 

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