Top 10 Fashion Designers in the World
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Fashion is not about skinny girls and men with their chiseled body running about on ramps, but it is the showcasing of the art that the designers put their heart and soul on. It is driven by some of the most inspiring and famous fashion designers whose creations have been accepted by a large number of people across the world. Here is a list of such top 10 best fashion designers in the world. These are the designers who often take the credit of dressing most of the celebrities in Hollywood too.
1. Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein Inc. is an American fashion house founded by the fashion designer Calvin Klein. The company is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City and is currently owned by Phillips-Van Heusen.
- Occupation: Fashion designer,
- Birth day:November 19,1942 (Age:70)
- Education: fashion institute of Technology
- Pleace of birth: new york city,New york
- Fashion house name: calvine klein
- His product : Underwear, eyewear,home collection, fargrances,watches and perfumes, cosmetics.
Say the letters cK, and everyone automatically thinks of Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein started with a coat shop in York Hotel in the Big Apple in 1968.he opened his own company. He was initially recognized for suits and coats,but his sportswear line became popular as well.He received three coty awards for women’s wear.
2. Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent.
- Occupation:Vice-President of the Varsace Group,
- Fashion and Life style.
- Birth day:2 May 1955, (Age:57)
- Place of brith:Reggio di calabria , Italy
- Fashion house name: Fashion and Life style.
She is the sister of Gianni Versace, and she has proven to be no lesser sibling. After the murder of Gianni in 1997, Donatella took over and has taken the Versace name to new heights. She made sure that Versace shops would cater to the different fashion centers around the world, particularly Milan and New York. Top celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna have endorsed the company’s collection of clothes, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings.
3. Valentino Garavani
Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and R.E.D. Valentino.
- Born: May 11, 1932 (age 81), Voghera, Italy
- Full name: Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani
- Nationality: Italian
- Education: École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
- Movies: Valentino: The Last Emperor
He started in 1959 when he established his own fashion house in Rome. Valentino, however, became known for creating the dresses that Jacqueline Kennedy wore for a year after the assassination of her husband, the late President John F. Kennedy. Since then, Valentino has been known to hobnob with the powerful and the famous. Royalty from Belgium and the United Kingdom wears his designs. But that does not mean that Valentino does not know how to loosen up. In 2006, he agreed to appear in a cameo role playing himself in the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
4. Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines.
- Born: July 11, 1934 (age 79), Piacenza, Italy
- Nationality: Italian
- Movies: Valentino: The Last Emperor, My Voyage to Italy, Made in Milan
- Awards: CFDA International Award, Bambi Kreativität, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award
- Siblings: Rosanna Armani, Sergio Armani
- Education: University of Bologna, University of Milan
The classy Italian designer who made Batman look chic and elegant when the superhero took a break from fighting Joker in The Dark Knight movie. But it is not only billionaire crime fighters who are after his services. Sportsmen have taken a liking for the Armani designs, with Chelsea Football Club commissioning the Italian to not only design the suits of its players, but also the suite for its directors in its football stadium. He has also designed the suits worn by the players of the English football team. Just a few months earlier, Armani’s name was mentioned during the London Olympic Games, as he was credited with the design of the uniform of the Italian Olympic delegates.
5. Coco Chanel
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
- Born: August 19, 1883, Saumur, France
- Died: January 10, 1971, Paris, France
- Full name: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
- Awards: Neiman Marcus Fashion Award
- Siblings: Julia Chanel, Antoinette Chanel, Lucien Chanel, Alphonse Chanel, Augustin Chanel
- Parents: Jeanne Devolle, Albert Chanel
Maybe she was indeed a Nazi collaborator, saved only by the intercession of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Maybe she indeed had a cold heart that had tried to wrestle full control of Parfums Chanel from its Jewish directors, who initially kept mum about the incident to save both the business and Chanel’s reputation. She was indeed an anti-Semite who had a violent loathing of Jews. She was indeed cold-blooded when she closed down her shop to spite the 3,000 workers who had been lobbying for better working conditions in terms of work hours and wages. Despite all these, Chanel was also indeed a great fashion designer who will always be remembered for the classic suit and perfume No. 5.
6. Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren Corporation NYSE: RL is a publicly traded, United States-based holding company that, through its subsidiaries, designs, markets and sells men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories.
- CEO: Ralph Lauren
- Founder: Ralph Lauren
- Founded: 1967
Ralph Lauren is worth $7.5 billion, and he got it all because of his fashion sense. In 1970, the first Polo logo was seen in Lauren’s line of women’s suits that was designed in the classic men’s style. Two years later, the famous short sleeve shirt with the Polo emblem appeared, and it soon became a classic. These shirts have been collected by men all over the world ever since. Lauren, on the other hand, has been collecting rare and classic cars. The collection is so unique that it has been featured in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
7. Tom Ford
Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.
- Born: August 27, 1961 (age 52), Austin, Texas, United States
- Height: 1.83 m
- Nationality: American
- Partner: Richard Buckley (1986–)
- Movies: A Single Man
- Awards: GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award
He is the designer credited with the turnaround of the Gucci fashion house from near bankruptcy to a $10 billion company. Ford was able to make fashion glamorous again, with his groundbreaking designs in 1994 involving velvet hipsters, satin shirts and metallic boots. He then moved to Yves Saint Laurent after the company was bought by Gucci, and Ford proved his Midas touch at Gucci was no fluke when he got YSL back into the mainstream once more. The advertising campaigns he conceptualized for the YSL fragrance lines were hailed for its creativity and commercial impact. Unfortunately, he had to part ways with Gucci after a struggle for artistic control did not end in his favor. But fortunately, Ford’s artistic level is so high that he made a seamless transition into movie directing, as he helmed a film that got Academy Award nominations right on his first attempt.
8. Kate Spade
Kate Brosnahan Spade is the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.
- Born: December 24, 1962 (age 51), Kansas City, Missouri, United States
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Andy Spade (m. 1995)
- Children: Bea Spade
- Education: Arizona State University (1985), St. Teresa’s Academy, University of Kansas, Notre Dame de Sion
- Awards: CFDA International Award
As a fashion editor of Mademoiselle, Spade bewailed the lack of sensible and stylish handbags in the market. She thereafter set out to create bags with classic shapes and colors. The endeavor proved to be a success, and she soon expanded to beauty products, shoes, perfumes, sleepwear, eyewear, and even stationeries and personal organizers. Her product line now includes home items, like beddings and towels, and china.
9. Betsey Johnson
Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered “over the top” and embellished. She also is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows.
- Born: August 10, 1942 (age 71), Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
- Nationality: American
- Height: 1.63 m
- Children: Lulu Johnson
- Spouse: Brian Reynolds (m. 1997), Jeffrey Oliviere (m. 1981), John Cale (m. 1968–1969)
- Education: Pratt Institute, Syracuse University
Her designs are considered quirky and unusual, and her association with artists like The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed probably brought this about. Her first collection in the 1970s proved to be popular with rock and roll musicians. Her line now includes bags, scarves and accessories.
10. Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries.
- Born: April 9, 1963 (age 50), Upper West Side, New York City, New York, United States
- Height: 1.75 m
- Nationality: American
- Full name: Marc Jacobs
- Movies: Disconnect
- Education: High School of Art and Design (1981), Parsons The New School for Design
Once derided by Oscar dela Renta for being a copyist, Jacobs does not hide the fact that his designs always use the style of the previous decades as basis. He first worked in an avant garde clothing boutique in New York, before moving on to bigger things with the likes of Perry Ellis and Louis Vuitton. Among his notable collections were a grunge line for Perry Ellis that failed, and the very first ready to wear collection from Louis Vuitton that proved to be a success.
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