Friday, February 22, 2013

Style icon: Billie Holiday

Influential jazz singer Billie Holiday is known for her distinctive vocals and as one of jazz's greatest song stylists, but she also had a signature style that was inspiring and feminine. 

Billie Holiday was born April 7, 1915 as Eleanora Harris in Pennsylvania. She had a difficult childhood and her pain and struggle was shown through her singing. When she was 17 years old she began singing at Jazz clubs in New York City and was discovered by a music producer in 1933 and had her first album by the time she was 18. She adopted the stage name Billie Holiday after actress Billie Dove and was given the nickname Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young.

She was often photographed with her hair pinned up in an elegant chiffon accessorized with a beautiful white gardenia. Accessories were a big part of her style and she wore them all, statement necklaces, pearls, cock tail rings, gloves, and chandler earrings. She wore fancy cocktail dresses that showed off her figure that had extra feminine details like bows, sequins, and studs. 

Billie Holiday passed away at the tender age of 44 on July 17, 1959, but her legacy and inspiration lives on.

XO Wil Harris


  1. Her music will NEVER go out of style. Her voice was hauntingly beautiful and her fashion sense was legendary. :)

    1. Very true Jennifer! We hope you have a great weekend! :)

  2. I love Billie Holiday! This is also an excellent series, I love that you’re looking at people who usually aren’t thought of right away when it comes to the history of fashion.

  3. fabulous singer! i always loved her style. it was sad how she succumbed to heart & liver disease from her vices.


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