VB At 40: Charting Victoria Beckham's Style History In Celebration Of Her Big 4-0

16 April 2014

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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

There has been no wardrobe more copied, envied or pored over than Victoria Beckham's – from the minute she zigazigah’d on to our screens as a Spice Girl to now, as a respected designer and bona fide fashion icon. So to celebrate her 40th birthday, we look back at her style journey...

In today’s age of celebrity brands, when the internet offers up millions of pictures of every style step (and mis-step) you’ve taken, reinvention is one of the trickiest feats to achieve. However, if there’s one woman who can bask in the light of her successful evolution – both wardrobe and career-wise – it’s Victoria Beckham. Slowly but steadily she has navigated the apparently impassable waters between being an icon of pop culture irony to a bona fide industry powerhouse. So how did she do it? 

Victoria Beckham Style History For 40th Birthday

A touch of Spice: being Posh with the girls in 1996 and promoting Spice World the movie in 1997

Of the five fresh-faced girl-power prophets who high-kicked their way into our consciousness back in 1996, it was young Victoria Adams who was the classy bird of Spice town. ‘Posh’ to her fans, Victoria’s wardrobe of LBDs and strappy black sandals permanently accessorised with a razor-sharp bob and signature pout made her the group’s most style-savvy member.

By 1997, Posh ’n’ Becks had become a media phenomenon as Victoria started dating dashing young footballer David Beckham. Their matchy-matchy style choices opened a new era for the pair and inimitable ensembles ensued. 

Victoria Beckham Style History For 40th Birthday

Early days with David: walking their matchy-matchy Rottweilers and announcing their engagement in 1998

Soon Victoria would be making her first forays into the world of fashion, attending shows and even walking for Maria Grachvogel at London Fashion Week in 2000. As part of her recent collaboration with Skype, she described the first fashion show she ever attended: ‘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… That was the most exciting thing I’d ever done.’ 

As David’s career took the burgeoning Beckham family to Madrid in 2003, Victoria’s look came to resemble the era-defi ning WAG template – all glamorous long hair, distressed denim and Hermès Birkins in every colour of the rainbow. When it came to after dark, her go-to designer was Roberto Cavalli who tailored countless memorable gowns. Spain also inspired a looser look, reflecting the boho vibe of the time. 

The next step was working with licensing brands – designing jeans for Rock & Republic in 2004 and sunglasses with Linda Farrow. She also posed for a series of niche fashion magazines, including Pop and i-D. Looking back, she now says that the fashion industry viewed her ‘with a layer of irony’ at the time.

What no sarong? VB with David in St Tropez; walking for Maria Grachvogel in 2000; a date at Claridge’s

The Beckhams’ 2007 move stateside came complete with a whole new vibe for VB. Her new hairstyle – aka the POB (Posh Bob) – was framed by a wardrobe of close-cut Roland Mouret dresses and longer hemlines. The following year marked the beginning of Victoria’s ascent to fashion credibility, starting with her starring role in Marc Jacobs’ advertising campaign, shot by Juergen Teller.

Later that year, Victoria took the plunge and debuted her first eponymous collection: a highly edited, expressly chic capsule of  dresses. Presented to a handpicked selection of editors and buyers in a salon-style show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during New York Fashion Week, the show was an instant hit. With her hair cut into a Hepburn-esque crop and a new closet of timeless, wasp-waisted frocks, Victoria had well and truly left the Spice razzle dazzle behind.

Victoria Beckham Style History For 40th Birthday

Over the past 11 seasons, Victoria has trampled the naysayers. With sales up from £6.8m in 2011 to £15.4m in 2012, reflecting additions of extra categories, including the lower-price-point label Victoria by Victoria Beckham launched in 2011, handbags, eyewear and denim, the business is in rude health. And while we can’t predict which look she’ll wear next, if one thing’s for sure, it’s that women up and down the country will follow her every style step of the way.

See one of VB's first ever shoots here >>


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