Today Steve Jobs passed away and though he was, by no stretch of the imagination, a fashion icon, Steve Jobs’ singular, most memorable and iconic visual image is of him in his signature black turtleneck.Β  Clean lines, easy elegance, classic but always modern, the black turtleneck symbolizes much of what we appreciate most about Steve Jobs’ amazing, revolutionary contributions to design, technology, animation and society in general–a sharp, singular vision that was understandable to anyone and that worked for everyone.

Marilyn Monroe in a black turtleneck by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE

Audrey Hepburn in a black turtleneck (photo from LIFE)

Steve McQueen in a black turtleneck on the set of “Bullitt”

Yves Saint Laurent in a black turtleneck photographed by Jean Loup Sieff

Andy Warhol in a black turtleneck (photo from Odd Films)

Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) photographed by Albert Watson

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