The online community (this author included) loves a good throwback photo. It’s an opportunity to share cute baby pics and embarrassing errors in fashion judgment, and—let’s be honest—it’s also led to many flattering selfies. In fact, the #TBT hashtag has been used over 376 million times on Instagram, further affirming our assumption that there must be something that stimulates a positive chemical reaction in our brains when we see these images.
That’s why when we stumbled upon a handful of archival snapshots of fashion industry giants like Hamish Bowles, Anna Wintour, and Suzy Menkes, we knew a roundup was the only answer. And round up we did: See below for 15 playful shots of the figures in our world that are truly pushing the needle in publishing, design, and beyond. And if your flashback appetite isn’t satiated afterward, pick up a copy of Fashion Icons: Fashion Trends Throughout the Centuries for a good read.
Anna Wintour in the '90s wearing (and standing alongside) designer Donna Karan.
Kate Moss, were you ever not cool? Unlikely.
Designer Michael Kors always ran with the cool crowd.
We'd be curious to know if Hamish Bowles still owns this fabulous tartan suit.
An '80s throwback of Naomi Campbell is as good as it gets.
We will love you forever and always, Bill Cunningham.
Her iconic pompadour isn't the only thing that's stood to test the time; Suzy Menkes's work as a journalist and fashion critic continues to add value to our industry year after year.
Nice stems, André Leon Talley!
Double whammy! Carine Roitfeld with daughter Julia at a Jean Paul Gaultier party.
How charming are photographer Mario Testino's locks in this photograph from the '90s?
Whether it's 1979 or 2016, with Karl Lagerfeld, it's sunglasses or bust.
Annie Leibovitz at a Rolling Stones tour stop in 1975.
We vote for Marc Jacobs to grow his hair long again; who's with us?
Grace Coddington takes tuxedo dressing to the next level.
Not many fashion designers can say they partied with Bianca Jagger—Calvin Klein can.
Check out all of our #TBTs for more fashion flashbacks.