PIONEERS THROUGH THE AGES: BILLIE HOLIDAY
Billie Holiday shook up the jazz world by bringing a rougher, leisurely tone to a style that was conventionally bright and upbeat. Her voice had a deeply emotional expression that was refreshing to industry ears. By the time she was 18, she had already cut her first album.
Holiday defined an easily recognizable style for herself on stage and off. Along with her blues-influenced affectation, the singer’s “statement piece” accessories became known as her signature look. From exotic flowers pinned behind the ear to oversized and glamourous jewelry, Holiday took the lounge singer style and made it iconic.