04 February 2014 by

Follow Victoria Beckham's Fashion Journey From School Socks To Fashion Friends

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In this week's issue of Grazia we break down what it really took to make Victoria Beckham's dream a reality, as last week she gave her most candid insight to date on how she went from Spice Girl to world-renowned designer.

Victoria Beckham guides us through her high fashion rise via her whizzy interactive timeline 'Five Years- The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story' on Skype, which is packed with videos, sound clips and galleries. The Victoria Beckham fashion journey kicks off with an adorable snap of a fringed VB in her school uniform, with Victoria telling us how she used to take a Gucci carrier bag to school and kicked off the 'two sock' trend at school.

We find out the story behind her Marc Jacobs campaign, her first ever FROWment and the little Gucci dress. Here are some of our highlights from 'Five Years - The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story' and remember to pick up this week's issue of Grazia to find out more...

The unlikely trends she started at school...

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Victoria: 'I created a kind of fashion at school where you'd wear two pairs of socks, one pair on top of the other, because it kind of bagged around the ankle and proportionally, in my eyes, it changed how you looked in this horrific school uniform and it was a trend that kind of spread like wildfire. The first schoolbag that I had was actually a Gucci carrier bag… not a proper Gucci bag, a carrier bag that I would lug all of my schoolbooks to school in and… and I used that day in and day out until the bottom of the thing fell out.'

Should I wear a little Gucci dress... or a little Gucci dress?

Victoria: 'The first dress that I wore in the Spice Girls that everybody thought was a little black Gucci dress was actually from Miss Selfridge, it wasn't really a little, black Gucci dress, I couldn't have afforded a little, black Gucci dress and Virgin Records certainly weren't gonna buy me a little Gucci dress.'

Her first FROWment...

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Victoria: 'When I was in the Spice Girls, I got invited to go to a Versace fashion show, and I'd never been to a fashion show. And Donatella Versace flew me on a private plane with my friend to Milan. It was all very glamorous and it was taking me into a completely different world. I've still got the dress that I wore, the black leather dress, and funnily enough I saw Donatella not too long ago – we judged the Woolmark awards in London. And I hadn't seen her for years and years and we had a chat whilst we were judging and she said, “Do you remember when you came to Milan?” I said “God, do I remember? Are you kidding? That was the most exciting thing I'd ever done”.

The red carpet inspired her first collection...

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Victoria: 'I'd spent a long time standing on a red carpet and I knew how women wanted to feel, how they wanted to look, and that clothes had to look good from a 360-degree angle, it wasn't good enough to look good from the front or from the back because you know you'll get photographed from every angle.'

Marc Jacobs' fashion advice...

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Victoria: 'I remember having dinner with Marc Jacobs after I first started working on the collections, and I hadn't told him that I was working on a dress collection, because I felt embarrassed. I mean this was Marc Jacobs, somebody that I have an enormous amount of respect for, and have done for many, many years, and to him, I was a Spice Girl, and I was married to David Beckham. I didn't wanna tell Marc Jacobs I was working on a collection of ten dresses. And then when he found out, he said, ‘Why haven't you told me?' I said I feel embarrassed, you're Marc Jacobs, you know, I don't wanna turn round to you and say that I'm, designing dresses. And he just said, ‘All you have to remember is it has to be the best quality, then people can say they don't like it, but no one can say it's not good'

Juergen tells the story behind THAT Marc Jacobs campaign...

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Juergen Teller: 'My strength of being a photographer is to letting the other person live. I respond or need to input off the subject, and I let them be. “With the Spice Girls, she was a product. And I thought, products sell. So she sells. For me, like perfumes, and handbags, and shoes, these are [the] kinds of products that shift these fashion companies, not so much the clothes itself. And that’s why we had this idea to build this oversized carrier bag where you buy the clothes and put her in it. I think it shocked a lot of people when the pictures came out. First of all how powerful the pictures were in itself and the idea of what a fashion advertising photograph can be in the first place. So it worked on many, many levels. It helped marc, it helped me, it helped me, it helped her. I had so many people telling me it changed their idea of what victoria beckham is – I think I had a massive influence in that.'

Victoria's pre-collection nerves...

'I felt really anxious, sick, nerves like I’ve never had nerves before like I’d worked really hard on this collection. I remember the night before I was downstairs with a florist in a pair of hotel slippers at about 4 o’clock in the morning – redoing the flowers because I didn’t like the way that the flowers looked.'

See Victoria Beckham's style evolution below...

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Victoria Beckham - February 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final - February 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 9, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at her hotel - May 10, 2013

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Victoria Beckham and David Beckham at The Global Fund - September 16, 2013

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Victoria Beckham at Chelsea gallery - June 10, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the mens singles final at the Wimbledon Championships - July 6, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala - May 5, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at On Pedder - May 12, 2014

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

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Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week - February 2014

Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria at The Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel, London - 19 November 2013

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Victoria Beckham at "The Class Of 92" premiere, London - 1 December 2013

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Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards - 5 November 2013

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© Getty Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham at Dinner To Celebrate The 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund - 23 October 2013

Victoria and David Beckham at Global Fund Celebration, Spring Summer 2014 - 16 September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Burberry at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Victoria Beckham in Louis Vuitton at Wimbledon Final - 7 July 2013

Victoria Beckham in Carven at LAX Airport - June 2013

Victoria Beckham in Vicotoria Beckham shopping in New York - 13th May 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe in Paris - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in LA - May 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in London, Britain - April 2013

Victoria Beckham in Chloe out and about in Los Angeles - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about, London - March 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham out and about in Los Angeles - November 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about, New York - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at her Autumn 2013 show at New York Fashion Week - February 2013

Victoria Beckham at 'Viva Forever!' musical press night, London - December 2012

Victoria Beckham Out and About in New York - September 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - 09 Sep 2012

Victoria Beckham leaving 'Viva Forever' press launch St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London - 26 Jun 2012

Victoria Beckham out and about in New York - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - 22 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a photocall in Hong Kong, China - 25 Apr 2012

Victoria Beckham at a Valentino event, London - November 2012

Victoria Beckham at CFDA event - October 2012

Victoria Beckham at Vogue's fashion night out - September 2012

Victoria Beckham at Los Angeles airport - June 2012

Victoria Beckham at Oscars - February 2012

Victoria Beckham shopping in West Hollywood - Mar 2012

Victoria Beckham at the 'Victoria, Victoria Beckham' launch at Harvey Nichols in London - Feb 2012

Victoria Beckham at the Land Rover launch in Beijing, China - April 2012

Victoria Beckham at JFK International Airport - February 2012

Victoria Beckham at Nobu Restaurant, New York - September 2011

Victoria Beckham at Royal Wedding - April 2011

Victoria Beckham shopping with Romeo in Beverly Hills - March 2008

Victoria Beckham at David Beckham's Official Signing with LA Galaxy Soccer Team, Los Angeles - July 2007

Victoria Beckham at Dodger stadium - June 2007

Victoria Beckham at Met Gala - May 2008

Victoria Beckham at Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - December 2005

Victoria Beckham at Swarovski Fashion Rocks for the Prince's Trust - October 2005

Victoria Beckham at the Laureus World Sports Awards - May 2005

Victoria Beckham at the MTV Movie Awards - May 2003

Victoria Beckham at the Launch of Jade Jagger's jewelry line - September 1999

Victoria Beckham at the Versace Party - June 1999

Victoria and David Beckham out and about - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham outside their home - July 1999

Victoria and David Beckham announce engagement - January 1998


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