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Women who ruled the street style scene first!

After watching only part of the VMAs this year (because to watch all of it would have been the ultimate test of patience), I couldn’t help but wonder how royally we have screwed up the definition of the word “edgy”. Because if we find Miley Cyrus’s awkward, high-school’ish antics or Nicki Minaj’s daring wardrobe “edgy” then we have no concept of where the word originated from or what brought about its existence in the first place.

So let me take you back in time when women kept the “classy” alive and well without the urge to bare it all. Watch how the world’s perception of the word “edgy” has changed and how fashion has evolved over the years.

via Harper’s Bazaar

Simone D'Aillencourt in Lower Manhattan, 1950s

Simone D’Aillencourt in Lower Manhattan, 1950s

Paris

Paris

On the street in Paris, from a shoot that first appeared in Harper's BAZAAR in the 1950s

On the street in Paris, from a shoot that first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR in the 1950s

New York, 1960

New York, 1960

Muriel Oxford Dorville

Muriel Oxford Dorville

Models pose in Pierre Cardin looks, 1980

Models pose in Pierre Cardin looks, 1980

Model Shakira Caine in West London, 1976

Model Shakira Caine in West London, 1976

London

London

London, 1971

London, 1971

Jill Leslie and Patricia Donald Smith wear Dior, 1966

Jill Leslie and Patricia Donald Smith wear Dior, 1966

House of Worth evening suits, 1969

House of Worth evening suits, 1969

Christian Dior coats

Christian Dior coats

A woman wearing snakeskin waistcoat, 1971

A woman wearing snakeskin waistcoat, 1971

A woman wearing Chanel, 1980

A woman wearing Chanel, 1980

A model poses in New York, 1952

A model poses in New York, 1952

A Dior hat, 1955

A Dior hat, 1955

A couple at Penn Station

A couple at Penn Station

1972

1972

1958

1958

I wish I could transport some of this fashion back into today’s world!

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The (Past) Lives of the Rich and Famous

Christian Dior disguised as a lion at the Kings and Queens ball in March 1949

Christian Dior disguised as a lion at the Kings and Queens ball in March 1949

Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon cruise St. Tropez, 1968

Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon cruise St. Tropez, 1968

Grace kelly, Liz Taylor and Laraine Day after a TWA flight from LA to NY, 1954

Grace kelly, Liz Taylor and Laraine Day after a TWA flight from LA to NY, 1954

Guests of Count Fernando "Dino" Pecci-Blunt tan topless aboard his yacht off Marbella, Spain, 1967

Guests of Count Fernando “Dino” Pecci-Blunt tan topless aboard his yacht off Marbella, Spain, 1967

Yves Saint-Laurent at Christian Dior

Yves Saint-Laurent at Christian Dior

Marlène Dietrich at a Dior show, 1951

Marlène Dietrich at a Dior show, 1951

The Dior boutique on the corner of Avenue Montaigne and rue François 1er, designed by Victor Grandpierre, 1955

The Dior boutique on the corner of Avenue Montaigne and rue François 1er, designed by Victor Grandpierre, 1955

Lauren Bacall, in the Pantomime dress from the Dior Spring/Summer 1951 collection and her husband Humphrey Bogart at the 1952 Oscars

Lauren Bacall, in the Pantomime dress from the Dior Spring/Summer 1951 collection and her husband Humphrey Bogart at the 1952 Oscars

Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera with her husband, Reinaldo (seated)

Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera with her husband, Reinaldo (seated)

Guests lounging poolside at El Venerol, villa of Hector and Chico de Ayala, Marbella, Spain, 1967

Guests lounging poolside at El Venerol, villa of Hector and Chico de Ayala, Marbella, Spain, 1967

Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer, Zurich

Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer, Zurich

St. Tropez, France, 1959

St. Tropez, France, 1959

Images via Vanity Fair & Vogue