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11 vintage outfits that we adore - worn by our style icons

We're taking our cues from the experts


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Orin Carlin
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August 24, 2022
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Shopping vintage needn't mean wearing an outfit that belongs in the history books. 

Instead, putting your own 21st century spin on a piece steeped in history is an amazing way of elevating your wardrobe.

READ: The 10 vintage dresses that you need in your wardrobe

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However, paying homage to the skilled designers that came before by styling up a vintage item and making it fit for wear in 2023 is no mean feat. It is an act that requires major sartorial skill – and we're taking our cues from the experts.

Hello! Fashion shares the vintage outfits that we adore, worn by our modern style icons:

Kendall Jenner in Jean Paul Gaultier

Kendall Jenner wears gold scale-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier gown © Getty
Kendall Jenner served up major mermaid vibes in a scale-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier gown

Kendall Jenner exuded gilded glamour at this year's Vanity Fair Oscars after-party in an Art Deco-esque piece from the Jean Paul Gaultier archive. The gold beaded gown, from the brand's SS08 collection, felt utterly relevant - especially since Mermaidcore is still totally thriving. 

Emily Ratajkowski in Dior 

Emily Ratajkowski donned a vintage Dior mini dress at Kérastase's Pop Party© Getty
Emily Ratajkowski donned a vintage Dior mini dress at Kérastase's Pop Party

EmRata looked utterly ravishing in a vibrant red mini dress from Dior's SS03 which featured relaxed-fit drapery and a form-fitting skirt. Quite the party piece.

Adut Akech in Christian Lacroix

Adut Akech wore a Christian Lacroix couture gown to the 2022 Met Gala © Getty
Adut Akech wore a Christian Lacroix couture gown to the 2022 Met Gala

Adut Akech stunned at the 2022 Met Gala in a plunging gown from French couturier Christian Lacroix's AW03 collection. The supermodel teamed her off-the-shoulder earthy-toned dress with a stunning high drama collar.

Kylie Jenner in Thierry Mugler

Kylie Jenner was giving gothic mermaid at the 'Thierry Mugler: Couturissime' exhibition opening © Getty
Kylie Jenner was giving gothic mermaid at the 'Thierry Mugler: Couturissime' exhibition opening

Kylie Jenner wore a decadent black gown from the Thierry Mugler's AW95 collection which featured a winged bustier neckline, a shiny sculpted corset and a feathered fishtail skirt.

Rihanna in Gucci 

Rihanna donned a see-through Gucci slip at Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2022/2023© Getty
Rihanna donned a see-through Gucci slip at Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2022/2023

International multi-hyphenate Rihanna redefined pregnancy dressing when she stepped out in a glitzy LBD from Gucci's SS98 collection at the Italian luxury label's Milan Fashion Week party in 2022.

Lily James in Armani Privé

Lily James wore a dazzling vintage piece by Armani Privé at the label's 'One Night Only Dubai' fashion show© Getty
Lily James wore a dazzling vintage piece by Armani Privé at the label's 'One Night Only Dubai' fashion show

Lily James was a magpie's dream in the most stunning embellished piece from Armani Privé's AW05 collection featuring a plunging sweetheart neckline and a sultry backless design.

Kim Kardashian in in Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday' gown

Vintage Kim Kardashian© Photo: Getty Images

 "Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that!" said literally no-one, ever. Kim Kardashian's internet-breaking moment earlier this year in which she sported Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe's iconic beaded 'Happy Birthday' gown at the Met Gala will definitely go down in fashion history.

READ: Inside Bella Hadid's exquisite vintage jewellery collection

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Bella Hadid in Versace

Vintage Bella Hadid© Photo: Getty Images

Bella Hadid was a sculptural dream at the L'Innocent screening at this year's annual Cannes Film Festival. Donning the most exquisite strapless fishtail Versace number from 1987, the supermodel was the belle of the Croisette. 

Zendaya in Bob Mackie

Vintage Zendaya© Photo: Getty Images

 Actress Zendaya was recognised as an 'innovator' as part of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2022 list and frankly, we couldn't agree more. The 25-year-old opted for a super structured vintage Bob Mackie gown from 1998 with stunning teal and turquoise tones, and we haven't stopped thinking about it since.

Dua Lipa in Thierry Mugler

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Poison singer Dua Lipa is known for her love of vintage pieces and one of her most recent looks, worn to her birthday dinner, is hands down one of her best yet. The now-27-year-old donned a Thierry Mugler leather flame dress that she purchased from Tab Vintage, and let's just say, envious doesn't cut it.

Hailey Bieber in Gucci

Vintage Hailey Bieber© Photo: Getty Images

Hailey Bieber looked radiant at Paris Fashion Week in an unforgettable pink satin Gucci number which the supermodel styled with black platform knee-high boots.

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