“There are timeless fashion looks that represent themselves over and over again, and in effect, if we look at fashion that way, it takes a little bit of the trend-guessing and the mystery out of it,” says Dimant, who began her career as a curatorial research associate at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And her glossy new book has plenty of practical advice. Here, Dimant discusses these inspiring idols — and how to achieve their looks.
1 The Siren
The Siren is the “sultry sex symbol” — “curvy, voluptuous women not afraid to show off their shape,” explains Dimant.
Think the sexual display of Marilyn Monroe and her modern-day style heir, Beyoncé.
“Beyoncé has very much inherited Marilyn’s role as all-American seductive starlet,” says Dimant. “Everything she puts on ‘I am woman, here are my curves.’ ”
Actress Angelina Jolie, on the other hand, “embodies the black widow of this category: a real dark seductress.”
A Siren’s must-haves: a sexy black dress, cleavage-enhancing undergarments, red lipstick