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.
In recent years, Victoria has often chosen to wear her own label - but when she won the Woman of the Decade Award in June 2013, she wore this loose-cut, strapless Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit. It was a bold departure from her usual fitted gowns, and the perfect combination of a boyish cut with a glamorous heart-shaped neckline.
We love the unusual pairing of this camel blouse and cobalt blue pencil skirt, worn by Victoria out and about in New York. It's an original twist on colour blocking.
For this appearance in 2012, Victoria wore a preppy dress from her own collection with peep-toe boots - giving her outfit an edge despite exposing hardly any skin. This look might be sexy, but it's a far cry from the WAG days.
The skinny belt on Victoria's own-brand gown emphasises her hourglass shape and makes it far more interesting than a plain sheath dress.
Victoria wore a dress from her diffusion line - Victoria Victoria Beckham - at London Fashion Week in 2012. We love the pockets.
After one of her own fashion shows in 2011, Victoria left in a fluffy fur coat (perfect for winter in New York) paired with the ultimate celebrity accessory: huge sunglasses.
Victoria was first nominated for a fashion award - for designer brand - at the 2010 British Fashion Awards. She didn't take it home, but we considered this decadent, sophisticated dress to be a big red-carpet win.
This 60s-style dress by Goat with nude platforms was a characteristic look for Victoria at the time - with acres of tanned skin on display.
At Net-a-Porter's 10th birthday party, Victoria looked sweet in this Miu Miu mini-dress.
Victoria wore one of her own designs to this Hollywood party in 2010. We love the chic, draped silk and understated print.
There's plenty of drama to this floor-sweeping gown - one of Victoria's first forays into a more grown-up personal style.
Victoria was dressed by Marc Jacobs in this ruffled, asymmetrical dress for the 2008 CFDA Awards.
Collecting an award for Woman of the Year, Victoria wore what looked like a leotard and bolero jacket. You're unlikely to see her on a red carpet in something like this these days - but we can't deny she carried it off!
This Azzedine Alaia gown was simple, striking, and perfectly paired with that sparkling emerald jewellery.
Victoria hit the red carpet in her trusted staple for this Milan event: an LBD.
This fun, fringed dress was typical of Victoria's flirty style in the early noughties.
Remember Victoria's solo hits? For this festival performance she went uncharacteristically 'rock chick' in a long bandana.
We'll never lose our nostalgia for the glory days of the Spice Girls. Victoria was usually dressed in black, but this gold jumpsuit was a stand-out costume.
Showing that dressing for a flight doesn't necessarily mean prioritising comfort, Victoria was setting new standards in airport style back in 1997. Well, wouldn't you dress up if you were being met by photographers?!