A Look Back at Billie Holiday’s Iconic Style

Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day, not only made waves in the 1930s and ’40s for her distinctive singing voice but also for her glamorous sense of style. So it’s no surprise, really, that there have been multiple biopics made about her life.

In the 1970s, Diana Ross took on Holiday. This year, Audra McDonald is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her turn as the late star in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” which was filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans and aired on HBO in an acclaimed presentation.

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Billie Holiday sporting her signature accessory.
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Audra McDonald stars at Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”

Holiday was known for her elaborate hair accessories, statement jewelry and lavish, floor-length dresses.

The jazz singer was often photographed rocking beautiful flowers pinned in her hair.

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Billie Holiday wearing pearls and a flower in her hair with Louis Armstrong in New Orleans in 1947.
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Billie Holiday wearing a floor-length gown.
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Diana Ross channeling Billie in “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972.
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The songbird certainly left her mark, influencing other stars’ style in later years to come.

The 23rd annual SAG Awards air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Beyoncé at the MTV Movie Awards in 2001.
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