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The decade in fashion: Chicago's Virgil Abloh heads to Louis Vuitton, Gaga wears a meat dress and Instagram influencers change the face of fashion

By Kristin Larson and David Syrek, Chicago Tribune on

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2010: Alexander McQueen dies

The news that Alexander McQueen had died at the age of 40 shook the fashion world to its core. The British designer, considered one of the most wildly creative fashion designers of all time, created some of the most beautiful, daring and provocative designs to this day. - Kristin Larson

2010: Instagram launches

First there were blogs, and then there was Instagram. No one could have predicted the magnitude and influence Instagram would have on the fashion and beauty worlds. Instagram stars like Aimee Song used the social media platform to build their brand. According to Rakuten Marketing's 2019 survey on influencer marketing, 80% of consumers revealed they made a purchase recommended by an influencer. - K.L.

2010: Lady Gaga wears a meat dress

Leave it to Lady Gaga to wear the first dress made out of raw meat. It didn't spark any fashion trends (thank goodness!), but everyone remembers the dress - it even has its own Wikipedia page. Gaga turned out in the steak dress at the MTV Video Music Awards to make a political statement, urging the U.S. military not to discriminate against gay men and women. If you'd like to see the dress up close, the preserved version resides at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. - K.L.


2011: Ikram Goldman brings the high fashion world to Chicago Boutique owner Ikram Goldman. Boutique owner Ikram Goldman. (Ikram Goldman)

There are other emporiums of high fashion dotted around the world, but few - if any - compare to Ikram, the glossy red boutique in Chicago. After shuttering her first shop, Ikram Goldman, along with husband Josh, decided to go big, creating a 14,000-square-foot emporium of the new, the beautiful, the edgy. Goldman, now legendary in the international fashion world, culls the best, most interesting pieces for her devout following of clients. Entering the shop is like walking into a jewel box bursting with the creative output of fashion's best, but the highlight is interacting with Goldman, herself, who brings her frank personality, a solid dose of levity and a lack of pretense to the all-too-often stuffy fashion world. - David Syrek

2015: Rihanna wows at the Met Gala

Talk about a fashion moment - Rihanna in that dramatic, over-the-top yellow cape gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala catapulted her into fashion icon status. It had a 16-foot embroidered train, but all eyes were on Queen RiRi. "From "the moment when she walked in, late, and stole the show from virtually every celebrity in the known world, was truly a moment to behold." said Kerry Pieri, fashion and features director at - K.L.


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