Bohemian icons through history

Bohemian Icons

I found a nice timetable of the Bohemian style and its icons through history. Starting from the beginnings of the style to the bohemian icons of today. Let’s begin and see what we get.

Bohemian icons through history

1859 – Rosetti with “Bocca Baciata”

The name of this painting is Bocca Bacciata, meaning "mouth that has been kissed". The lady on the painting is Fanny Cornforth. She used to be a muse of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his mistress. This painting is a turning point for him as an artist. Rossetti is one of the best bohemian icons. He had paint many paintings and portraits, but for this one is believed that is the perfect example of a Bohemian woman.
The name of this painting is Bocca Bacciata, meaning “mouth that has been kissed”. The lady on the painting is Fanny Cornforth. She used to be a muse of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his mistress. This painting is a turning point for him as an artist. Rossetti is one of the best bohemian icons. He had paint many paintings and portraits, but for this one is believed that is the perfect example of a Bohemian woman.

1868 – Pierre Auguste Renior with “In Summer “

Auguste Renoir was a French Artist who was if not the best painter in Impressionist style. he was celebrator of beauty and feminine sensuality. He painted his biggest muse, a 2o years old Lise Trehot wearing a Bohemian clothes.
Auguste Renoir was a French Artist who was, if not, the best painter in Impressionist style. He was celebrator of beauty and feminine sensuality. He painted his biggest muse, a 2o years old Lise Trehot wearing a Bohemian clothes.

1896 – Giacomo Puccini with “La boheme”

This opera is based on Henry Murger’s novel Scenes de la Vie de Boheme. It is presenting the life of the bohemians living in Paris in 1840. Puccini was an Italian compositor.

1903 – 1929 – Paul Poiret and his fashion designs

Paul Poiret was a leading French designer in the beginning of the 20th century. He created the hobble skirt, harem pants and lampshade tunic, a common pieces in the bohemian wardrobe.
Paul Poiret was a leading French designer in the beginning of the 20th century. He created the hobble skirt, harem pants and lampshade tunic, a common pieces in the bohemian wardrobe.

1909 – Dorothy McNeill with “Dorelia Look”

Dorothy was a muse, lover and a second wife of the painter Augustus John. She popularized the "gypsy look" with her full skirts and bright colors, and they gave the name "Dorelia Look". Her step-granddaughter was the Bohemian fashion icon Talitha Getty.
Dorothy was a muse, lover and a second wife of the painter Augustus John. She popularized the “gypsy look” with her full skirts and bright colors, and they gave the name “Dorelia Look”. Her step-granddaughter was the Bohemian fashion icon Talitha Getty.

1928 – Mary Brian, actress

Mary Brian was an American actress. She made the transition from silent to sound movies. She ha typical Bohemian style.
Mary Brian was an American actress. She made the transition from silent to sound movies. She ha typical Bohemian style.

1949 – Juliette Greco with post WWII Bohemian style

Juliette was a French actress and singer. After the WWII she was wearing mostly black, when everything else was filled with bright colors and fleshy jewelry. She was often joining political and philosophical Bohemian culture.
Juliette was a French actress and singer. After the WWII she was wearing mostly black, when everything else was filled with bright colors and fleshy jewelry. She was often joining political and philosophical Bohemian culture.

1962 – 1970 – Jenis Joplin with that boho hippy style

An American singer with such a powerful singing style, turbulent and emotional lifestyle, become one of the biggest female stars at the time. She was the Queen of a psychedelic soul.
An American singer with such a powerful singing style, turbulent and emotional lifestyle, become one of the biggest female stars at the time. She was the Queen of a psychedelic soul.

1963 – Cher with her style

When Cher first showed up here clothes were usually fringe, tunic tops and bell bottoms.
When Cher first showed up here clothes were usually fringe, tunic tops and bell bottoms.

1964 – Steven Tyler with his style

The demon of the scream had nothing else but a bohemian style of clothing. It can be noticed from all his scarves, colorful outfit and many details he adds on his look.
The “demon of the scream” had nothing else but a bohemian style of clothing. It can be noticed from all his scarves, colorful outfit and many details he adds on his look.

1964 – Joni Mitchell, one of the most influential female singer

This lady was a song writer and a musician, and she left broader influence with her appearance. She was the fashion icon of the 60s, but her style is relevant even today. this year she was the muse for the cover of a New York Magazine Fashion issue.
This lady was a song writer and a musician, and she left broader influence with her appearance. She was the fashion icon of the 60s, but her style is relevant even today. This year she was the muse for the cover of a New York Magazine Fashion issue.

1966 – Twiggy, a model and an actress

The bohemian icon of the Swinging Sixties, the lifestyle of London at the time. Twiggy had androgynous look with big eyes.
The bohemian icon of the Swinging Sixties, the lifestyle of London at the time. Twiggy had androgynous look with big eyes.

1968 – 1971 – Talitha Getty

The bohemian icon of the 70s. A step-granddaughter of Juliette Greco.
The bohemian icon of the 70s. A step-granddaughter of Dorothy McNeill.

1990 – Johnny Depp, the true Bohemian

The man who made the world go crazy! Uniqueness in his style
The man who made the world go crazy! Uniqueness in his style.

2003 – Nicole Richie, fashion designer an actress

Creator of bohemian clothes. An example of unique unconventional bohemian style
Creator of bohemian clothes. An example of unique unconventional bohemian style.

2005 – Mary-Kate Olsen, the way of wearing the things

This lady was literary wearing torn things, and she was criticized at first. They used to call her a "homeless chic" or a "bag girl". But many do respect her for that.
This lady was literary wearing torn things, and she was criticized at first. They used to call her a “homeless chic” or a “bag girl”. But many do respect her for that.

2006 – Kate Moss, the one who brought “Boho Chic”

This world known model started wearing floral wardrobe combined with vintage elements. Today she is still impressing with her boho style.
This world known model started wearing floral wardrobe combined with vintage elements. Today she is still impressing with her boho style.

Boho nation, I really hope you found some inspiration in this post. This are the bohemian icons through history, and they were real bohemians in their own way.  For more of boho, subscribe and read The Bohemian Style.

Author: Boho Slage

Hi, I am Slage and I want to welcome you to my blog. This is a place where I share my stories, my photographs, and the experiences I have on this journey of mine. I am living on the marvelous island of Malta, and I will always be tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on tropical coasts. I am a bohemian wanderer and a creative soul.