Victoria Beckham Style Retrospective

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • As the designer formerly known as Posh Spice turns 41, we celebrate her most stylish moments

    Happy birthday Victoria Beckham! The designer formerly known as Posh Spice turns 41 on 17 April, and to mark the occasion we’ve taken a wander through the archives.

    Of all our style icons, surely no one has undergone such a transformation as Victoria. When she first arrived on our radios, TVs and magazine covers in 1996, she was the Essex girl dubbed as ‘Posh’ because she liked little black dresses and had a famously aloof pout. She then went through a period as a solo artist, piercings and all, before turning into the Queen of the WAGs – the woman who knew the most about hair extensions, tanning products and platform shoes.

    But in recent years, Beckham’s style has taken the most surprising twist of all. Since she launched her eponymous designer label in 2008, she’s become a master of ladylike dresses and minimalist fashion. Her designs are loved by the celebrity set – you’ll always find at least one Victoria Beckham dress on any serious red carpet – and she’s become a truly respected presence in the fashion world, up there with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney.

    In her personal style, Victoria still loves a black dress, and much of her wardrobe is monochrome. But she’s also more adventurous than ever before when it comes to unusual or androgynous silhouettes, and has become the finest clothes horse for her own designs. She still has the best pout of any celebrity, and what else would you expect from a serious fashion designer? Happy birthday Victoria, and we can’t wait to see more of your wardrobe in years to come.

    British Fashion Awards, December 2014

    Victoria wore this chic, open-backed maxi dress from her own label to collect the Designer Brand of the Year Award.