These stars set America’s most popular fashion trends

Trends have no single source. Their origins can be traced to movies, street culture, social movements
In the early part of the 20th century, movies made people more aware of style and trends, and the increasingly affluent middle class could aspire to look like film stars. And so, entertainers became fashion influencers.

Here’s a selection of Americans who have had tremendous influence on what we wear, despite not being fashion designers themselves. Names such as David Bowie and The Beatles aren’t on the list because they were not American, even though they influenced fashion trends all over the world.

Obama set several trends during her eight years in the White House. One of them was the sleeveless dress. Known, among many things, for her toned arms, the former first lady started the sleeveless trend as early as 2009 when she wore a white one-shoulder chiffon dress at Barack Obama’s inauguration. After that, the sleeveless dress became her go-to fashion choice.

Although born in England, Taylor is on this list because she was born to American parents and lived most of her life in the United States. The Hollywood icon was known for her love of jewelry, especially big diamonds. One of the most famous pieces is the 33.19-carat diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton. An auction of her jewels took in $116 million in 2011, more than doubling the record for a single collection.

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