March 1, 2024

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The Best Fashion Designers of All Time

Making it in fashion design takes both talent and skill; some fashion designers have even managed to leave an impressive legacy, shaping trends and altering our perception of fashion forever.

Coco Chanel was an innovator, freeing women from restrictive corsets of her time while also embracing casual and sporty apparel.

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani is an esteemed fashion designer renowned for creating everything from red carpet gowns and sportswear, as well as outfitting professional athletic teams such as Chelsea Football Club or Italy’s flag bearers at Turin Winter Olympic 2006.

At first he pursued medicine but later switched careers to follow his passion for fashion. Joining department store La Rinascente as window dresser and later becoming salesperson in men’s clothing department gave him experience in marketing aspect of the fashion industry.

In 1975, Armani co-founded Giorgio Armani with Galeotti and quickly began designing ready-to-wear apparel for men and women. Over time, his business expanded to encompass fragrance, accessories, the lower-priced diffusion line Emporio Armani as well as home furnishings and interior design services.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli was an iconic fashion designer during the 1920s and ’30s. From shoes-shaped hats to dresses with lobster adornments, her pieces were famous for their vibrant hues and creative shapes; her signature shade, “shocking pink,” became part of popular culture.

Inspired by surrealism, she collaborated frequently with Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali; furthermore she dressed clients such as Daisy Fellowes heiress of Fellowes Jewels fame and actress Mae West.

After World War II, she relocated to New York and witnessed Christian Dior revolutionize fashion with his New Look. In 1954 she closed her fashion house before publishing her autobiography Shocking Life that same year.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg first gained widespread recognition with the debut of her iconic wrap dress design in 1974, an emblematic style which became an international symbol for women’s independence and liberation. Today, her label continues to thrive while she remains committed to supporting female empowerment through philanthropy initiatives like New York City’s High Line Park which offers public space built on an elevated railway track.

In 2005, she received the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2015 was appointed Chairwoman. Additionally, in 2014, she published her memoir entitled The Woman I Wanted to Be and with media executive Barry Diller created the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to fund their DVF Awards grant program that recognizes women who demonstrate strength of commitment and leadership within their chosen causes.

Phoebe Philo

Phoebe Philo has won the undying devotion of fans since her announcement that she would launch an eponymous line, in July 2021. Fans were quick to respond online with cheers of praise: “Hallelujah!,” “OMG please take all my money” and “this is truly amazing”.

Philo was an award-winning graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins where she met fellow designer Stella McCartney, before spearheading a revitalization at Celine (now owned by LVMH) during her tenure from 2008 until 2017. Among other innovations, she created wardrobe essentials like the Paddington bag as well as modernizing classic foulard designs into silky dresses – garnering widespread acclaim as someone who understands what women really desire in clothing.

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan, known for his intricate beadwork and ostrich feather dresses, has designed outfits for celebrities including Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Diane Kruger, Leighton Meester and Michelle Obama. His clothing can be found at over 200 stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

His style is an artful blend of chic opulence and modern glamor that has made him a favorite of many. His creations reflect his Indian cultural and heritage roots. While apprenticing at Halston he learned the ethos of modern restraint while learning how to cut and drape fabric to produce elegant yet timeless silhouettes.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci was an award-winning designer who took great care in crafting each garment she designed, pleating and pulling until achieving the look she desired. She preferred draping fabric rather than drawing patterns on paper in order to get the best idea of what her dress would become.

Her Parisian house quickly became a destination for the French haute bourgeoisie and her fragrances such as L’Air du Temps are still revered today.

After working briefly for Raffin Couture House, her son convinced her to establish her own company and in 1932 started one-room atelier that quickly expanded into three eleven-floor buildings.

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