See the 20 Most Influential Celebrity Style Moments That Shaped American Fashion

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Remember that moment in The Devil Wears Prada, when Miranda Priestly reminds Andy that her sweater isn't just any old blue, it's actually cerulean? Well, this is one of those moments. 

Currently, tiny sunglasses and low-rise jeans are making their comeback, with fashionistas like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber sporting this trend. And though it may seem like these styles just happen to be returning by coincidence, that's not the case at all.

In fact, over the years, artists like Aaliyah, Cher and even Gwen Stefani popularized the same accessories and looks that are reemerging in the fashion world around us. 

Of course, celebrities continue to put their own spin on classic looks. Case in point: Rihanna pairing Adam Selman's Swarovski crystal dress with a durag for the 2014 CFDA Awards. She went on to wear a similar accessory on the cover of British Vogue, a moment that designer Cheyenne Kimora described as "empowering." She remarked, "It shows other Black people that it's okay to show their Blackness and it's okay to make it fashion."

photosMet Gala: Best Dressed Stars

So, as we prepare for the Sept. 13 Met Gala, it's only fitting to take a look back at the American celebrities who contributed to the ball's theme "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

To see the fashion icons who inspired past, present and future trends, continue scrolling. You won't regret it.

John Kobal Foundation/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesJames Dean

Rebel Without a Cause set the tone for punk fashion and more trends to come, with James' leather jacket, white T-shirt and jeans becoming a staple for any person's closet, regardless of gender. And when James wasn't working, he sported similarly chic looks, like a Breton-striped sweater and a classic pair of Ray Ban Wayfarer's. 

Michael Stroud/Express/Getty ImagesJackie Kennedy

When John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States, he and his wife brought a youthful energy to the White House in more ways than one. Jackie particularly revitalized the closets, filling the racks with Chanel suits and monochromatic looks. Her shelves were then stocked with classic pearl jewelry and tasteful hats, including ones of the pillbox style.

Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty ImagesAudrey Hepburn

The 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's is to thank for modernizing the little black dress. Audrey's appearance in pearls and the high-neck dress continues to influence fashion, most recently in Beyoncé's ad campaign for Tiffany & Co.

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