Fashion Designers’ Sketches of Pop Culture’s Most Iconic Looks


Whether you borrow style tips from Karen O, with outrageous prints and dramatic silhouettes, or you take a more demure cue from Catherine Deneuve’s delicate shift dresses and trench coats, chances are you’ve looked to pop culture for fashion inspiration at one time or another. So it’s only natural to be curious about where the iconic looks that have guided our style fantasies over the years actually originated. To that end, we’ve put together a gallery of original sketches that designers such as Edith Head and Yves Saint Laurent created for looks that continue to influence both the runway and fans’ personal style, after the jump.

Edith Head’s sketch for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961. [via]

Giorgio Armani’s sketch for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, 2010. [via]

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte’s sketch for Black Swan, 2010. [via]

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte’s sketch for Black Swan, 2010. [via]

William Travilla’s sketch for Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, 1955. [via]

David and Elizabeth Emanual’s sketch for Princess Diana’s wedding dress, 1981. [via]

Edith Head’s sketch for Grace Kelly in Rear Window, 1954. [via]

Bernard Newman’s sketch for Ginger Rogers in Top Hat, 1935. [via]

Anthea Sylbert’s sketch for Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, 1974. [via]

Walter Plunkett’s sketches for Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, 1939. [via]

Paloma Gibson’s sketch for Claudette Colbert in Cleopatra, 1934. [via]

Christian Joy’s sketches for Karen O’s Stop The Virgens, 2011. [via]

Edith Head’s sketch for Lucille Ball for The Facts of Life, 1960. [via]

Bob Mackie’s sketch for Cher’s Monte Carlo Show, 1980. [via]

Yves Saint Laurent’s sketches for Catherine Deneuve in Belle De Jour, 1967. [via]

Stephen Sprouse’s sketch for Debbie Harry, for a Blondie performance in the early ’80s. [via]