In 1990, publicity doyenne Eleanor Lambert, founder of the International Best-Dressed List, celebrated its 50th anniversary by selecting from her scroll of 1,170 style leaders the “Fabulous Fifty, instant fashion symbols of the 20th century.”

As 2020 marked the 80th anniversary of the I.B.D.L.—a milestone for an institution whose imminent extinction has been prophesied for decades—we commemorate our long history by revisiting the annals of The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story, and reviewing the year that passed, to spotlight 20 superlative honorees.