You probably didn’t know that some of the world’s most famous designers have also played a huge role in film and TV. From Coco Chanel to Coco Rocha, these are the most famous designers who have made their mark on pop culture.
Christian Dior was a French famous designer fashion who founded the Christian Dior Couture House. He was born in Granville, Manche, France on January 21st, 1905.
He was a prominent post-war fashion designer who is credited with introducing the “New Look” in 1947 which had women’s clothes based on wider shoulders and hips as well as longer skirts. The style became popularized when he designed the wedding dress for Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain (now Queen Elizabeth II) when she married Prince Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. The princess wore his design which featured an asymmetric skirt that fell from just above the knee down to just below it; this style became known as “The Wedding Gown”.
Coco Chanel was the founder of the fashion house that bears her name. She was a French fashion designer and businesswoman, who popularized an elegant and feminine style of dressing, emphasized by a high waistline, small bust, and narrow hips.
Chanel’s social connections allowed her to move within wealthy circles in many countries including Italy and England during World War II as well as during Vichy France. After having worked for some time in a milliner’s shop, she became known as “Coco” from her childhood nickname “Coqueline”. In 1909 she married composer Erik Satie; however, he died only one year later at 43 years old from cirrhosis caused by alcoholism.
Ralph Lauren is an American famous designer fashion, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise. He has been named in the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.
Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz on October 14, 1939, in The Bronx, New York City to Polish Jewish immigrant parents from Austria and Poland. His father was a house painter. Lauren attended Baruch College for one year before transferring to City College of New York (CCNY) where he studied business administration with an emphasis on accounting and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962.
After college graduation he served as an apprentice at Brooks Brothers; soon after he joined Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. In 1967, he launched his first collection under his own name: “Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings”. That same year 4 stores opened across America selling high-end menswear; 2 years later there were 6 more locations opening up around Europe including Italy, England, and Germany. His success continued throughout the 1970s as well as into the 1980s when he expanded into women’s wear. In 1982 Ralph Lauren Corporation went public trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol RL (#RL).
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer, who designed wedding dresses and men’s suits. He was the head designer of his own label, which is now owned by Kering.
He was known for his use of Shakespearean and Victorian imagery in his collections; he often reinterpreted classic styles with modern fabrics and techniques such as sheer fabrics, feathers, or leather.
If you’re a fan of fashion, it’s likely that you’ve heard the name Vivienne Westwood. This British designer is known for her distinctive punk and new-wave designs that have influenced the modern-day fashion world.
Vivienne Westwood was born in 1941 and raised in North Wales by her mother after her father passed away when she was just five years old. She attended St Martin’s School of Art in London where she studied textiles before becoming an art teacher at an all-girls school nearby. In 1968, while working as an assistant at Biba–a famous boutique owned by Barbara Hulanicki–Vivienne met Malcolm McLaren who asked her to design costumes for his band The Sex Pistols’ tour (they were married from 1976 to 1980).
Stefano Gabbana And Domenico Dolce
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are Italian fashion designers who founded their own company in 1985. They are best known for creating the D&G brand, which stands for Dolce & Gabbana.
The duo has been creating designs since they were teenagers, so it’s no surprise that they’ve developed a style all their own over the years. Their clothes are often described as being sexy or provocative–especially when it comes to their use of bold colors and prints!
We hope you enjoyed this list of fashion designers! We know there are tons more that could have made it on here, but we chose these seven because they all have a huge impact on the industry. If you want to learn more about any one of them or their work, just click on their name in the list above.