Beyonce Is Not A Fashion Icon? According to a writer at the New York Times, Queen Beyonce “Bey” Knowles-Carter is simply a superstar and not a fashion icon. This opinion was formed following Beyoncé’s recent honor of having her costumes on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Seven outfits, including the 2008 “Single Ladies” leotard (designed by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles), the Thierry Mugler robot outfit from “Sweet Dreams” (2009) and the 2012 Givenchy Met ball dress are on display in Ahmet Ertegun Hall, where they are joining pieces from Michael Jackson and David Bowie, among other artists.
According to the writer, “despite all the accolades that Beyoncé has garnered — most powerful celebrity in the world, according to Forbes; No. 1 on People’s Most Beautiful list; the artist behind the fastest selling iTunes album ever; a global juggernaut; subject of her own documentary — the one she does not seem to actually merit is “fashion icon.”
Vanessa Friedman of New York Times writes in part:
Beyoncé hasn’t moved, or influenced, the direction of fashion writ large in the way that, say, Rihanna, the winner of this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon award, has. (See, for example, the luxe athletic pieces peppering collections like Pucci, Balmain and Tom Ford.) She doesn’t wear things and spark a million trends, like Madonna once did with her jeweled crosses and lace minis, not to mention her bullet bra corsets. She doesn’t cause items to sell out overnight, like wee Prince George.
She doesn’t worm her way into designers’ imaginations, the way Patti Smith and Courtney Love did. Her stylist has not become a well-known name in his own right, the way Nicola Formichetti has moved from working with Lady Gaga (who also won the CFDA Fashion Icon award in 2011) to becoming the creative director and frontman of Diesel.
Her megafame could not even sustain her own fashion brand, House of Deréon, which appears to have been suspended (the Facebook page links to a website, houseofdereon.com, which the Internet says “cannot be found,” though some jeans and shoes are still sold on third-party sites), unlike, say, that of Jessica Simpson, which has revenues of about $1 billion, according to Forbes. Li & Fung, which owns House of Deréon, did not respond to requests to clarify the situation.
Yet Beyoncé has at least 13.5 million Twitter followers and 14.4 million Instagram followers, all of whom are treated to selfies of her in assorted outfits both on duty and off. In her surprise megahit “visual album” last December, she wore garments from multiple different name brands, from Maxime Simoens to Ulyana Sergeenko and 3.1 Phillip Lim. On her “Mrs. Carter” tour, she modeled looks from Pucci, while on her current “On the Run” tour with her husband, Jay Z, she is wearing costumes by Atelier Versace, Alexander Wang and Diesel.
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