“You can never be too rich or too thin” is one of Wallis Simpson’s most famous quotes. Can you see why she might be considered a(n infamously snide) fashion icon? Madonna’s film of the famous Duke and Duchess of Windsor, W.E., debuted to some dubious reviews last year, but the film was certainly good for one thing: fashion. At least that’s what the AMPAS seems to think considering Arianne Phillips received an Oscar nomination in the Best Costume category for her work on the film.
Pre-fall included a few designers who cited the Duchess as inspiriation, among them Peter Som and Temperley London. Not only topical as a result of Madonna’s film, but her impeccable style and hipless figure do bear a resemblance to another famous lady with royal lineage.