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Top Fashion Designers of All Time

Behind every successful fashion brand is a talented fashion designer. Some of the top fashion designers create their own label, and others add strength to the top fashion brands.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
 updated by Meryem Aksoy
Top Fashion Designers of All Time

Top Fashion Designers of All Time

We see that many of the world-famous fashion brands bear the names of their founders. It is not misleading to assume that the person who established a brand in the fashion world is also a fashion designer. From this perspective, the fashion world consists of brands established by fashion designers who have succeeded or preferred to brand their own name.

From Chanel founded by Coco Chanel to Gucci founded by Guccio Gucci, the brands bearing their surname are among the most valuable brands in the world. These brands, whose founders are among the top fashion designers, have been continuing their success as a fashion brand with the right foundations. However, the secret of these successes is the design culture transferred from generation to generation and fashion designers who shape the brand in specific periods. For example, Yves Saint Laurent was a fashion designer who worked for Christian Dior for many years before establishing his own brand and contributed greatly to the success of the Dior brand. Famous German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has set the vision for both brands during his years at both Fendi and Chanel.

In this context, many examples can be given; in fact, these fashion designers are considered top fashion designers. Especially in the second half of the 20th century, many of the top fashion designers have become world-renowned for their designs while working in the world's leading fashion brands before establishing their own brands. As a natural consequence of the master apprentice relationship, when the top fashion designers felt that their time had come, they established their own brands but managed to remember their roots and keep their relationships warm.

Each of the top fashion designers is a trendsetter. Their sketches give direction to fashion. There are times when top fashion brands are guided by different designers, and the charm of the fashion world and the talented designers do not allow time gaps between these ages and new designers fill the spaces and gain experience in the kitchen of fashion.

When we look back, we see many fashion designers who have marked the world fashion. Many more fashion designers have contributed to fashion, but only a few have achieved an unforgettable reputation and respect in the fashion world for years with their talents, visions, insights, and passion. We focused directly on fashion designers, not on fashion brands, and we have selected and brought together some of the best fashion designers who have shaped the fashion world and are still guiding it.

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Top Fashion Designers of All Time
Top Fashion Designers of All Time
Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel
Born : August 19, 1883, Saumur, France
Died : January 10, 1971, Hôtel Ritz Paris, Paris, France
Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a fashion designer who became one of the biggest icons of the fashion world with her vision, idealism, and unique design approach. After her mother passed away while Gabrielle was 12, Coco Chanel went to the convent of Aubazine, an orphanage, where she learned how to sew and tackle challenges. After six years, Coco Chanel found work as a seamstress. When she was not sewing, she sang in a cabaret and became famous. Gabrielle also took the nickname "Coco" during these years, but after years of living in Vichy, she realized it would not be her future. Coco Chanel's life changed when she met Étienne Balsan. Her relationship with Balsan's friend Captain Arthur Edward 'Boy' Capel started in 1908 and continued for nine years. Coco Chanel became a licensed milliner in 1910 and opened her first store called Chanel Modes. Coco Chanel gained recognition after the famous theater actress Gabrielle Dorziat wore one of her design hat in Bel Ami. The Chanel brand, which has become the choice of celebrities, has continued to move forward confidently and opened stores one after another, designed dresses and accessories, and expanded its product range to offer jewelry and fragrance. The signature product Chanel 5 perfume has been one of the cornerstones of the brand's growth process in the 1920s and is still one of the most famous fragrances of today. Coco Chanel, one of the top fashion designers of all time, designed the brand's interlocked-CC monogram, which is still in use. Coco Chanel laid the foundations for the luxury fashion brand that bears her name and created the philosophy that kept Chanel successful for years. Coco Chanel has lead Parisian haute couture throughout her career.
Guccio Gucci
Guccio Gucci
Born : March 26, 1881, Florence, Italy
Died : January 2, 1953, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Born : January 21, 1905, Granville, France
Died : October 24, 1957, Montecatini Terme, Italy
Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren
Born : October 14, 1939, The Bronx, New York, NY
Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld
Born : September 10, 1933, Hamburg, Germany
Died : February 19, 2019, American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Born : August 1, 1936, Oran, Algeria
Died : June 1, 2008, Paris, France
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier
Born : April 24, 1952, Bagneux, France
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Born : April 9, 1963, New York, NY
Tom Ford
Tom Ford
Born : August 27, 1961, Austin, TX
Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani
Born : July 11, 1934, Piacenza, Italy
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta
Born : July 22, 1932, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died : October 20, 2014, Kent, CT
John Galliano
John Galliano
Born : November 28, 1960, Gibraltar
Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
Born : January 8, 1939, Caracas, Venezuela
Donna Karan
Donna Karan
Born : October 2, 1948, Queens, New York, NY
Michael Kors
Michael Kors
Born : August 9, 1959, Long Island, NY