Pioneers of the stage, these women are rock stars with some serious style to boot, influencing legions of fans and fashion. We count down ten of our favorite female rock icons below.
June 30, 2015
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10. CARRIE BROWNSTEIN Her music with Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag might indicate a wilder, more raucous edge, but Carrie Brownstein’s style, on her show Portlandia and off it, is demure and girly with a hip edge.
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9. SIOUXSIE SIOUX The queen of goth, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees is not one to shy away from full stage regalia. Backcombed hair and over-the-top make-up let her express her theatricality in full.
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8. NICO Part of Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd, Nico was a star of the 1960s scene. With her heavy blond fringe, kohl eyeliner and an innate bohemian cool, the singer found fame with the Velvet Underground and their hipster style.
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7. BETH DITTO Her upfront take on body image makes Beth Ditto an inspiration, and The Gossip frontwoman has some serious style to match. Vibrant prints, metallic leather and lots of statement eyeliner are staples of her look.
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6. PATTI SMITH Poet, songwriter and artist Patti Smith is an icon in many ways. But her casual androgynous style – t-shirts, polo necks and men’s tuxedos – has made her a style icon for the ages, too.
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5. JOAN JETT In her time in the Runaways, as well as in her solo career, Joan Jett brought punk rock chic to the masses. Leather pants, shoulder pads and her shaggy rock’n’roll bob made Joan look the part.
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4. KAREN O The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ art rock impressed in the early 2000s, and Karen O’s vivacious stage wardrobe makes her a fashion icon, too. She favors leotards, spangly shapes, bright colors and signature red lips.
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3. KIM GORDON Frontwoman of Sonic Youth and a successful painter, Kim Gordon is the original Kool Thing. She ran a women’s streetwear line, X-Girl, in the 1990s, collaborated with Marc Jacobs and has performed at Opening Ceremony runway shows.
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2. COURTNEY LOVE The 1990s saw the explosion of grunge, and a more undone way of dressing epitomized by Courtney Love. Silk slips layered with check shirts, bleached-blond hair – the classic Love look inspired designers like Riccardo Tisci and Meadham Kirchhoff, too.
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1. DEBBIE HARRY The flaxen-haired Blondie frontwoman defined NYC’s rock look in the late 1970s, mixing glam elements like sequined jumpsuits in with punchy graphic tees and high-waisted jeans for a punch of punk.