15 Famous Fashion Designers You Need to Know
Clothes we see used by the world’s most well-known models and celebrities were made by the most famous fashion designers around the world. Each piece made with unique skills, finishes, and techniques. Their creations serve as inspiration for every industry. Read on to discover Lh’s favorite 15 famous fashion designers that inspire us every day.
Famous Fashion Designers to Know
Yves Saint Laurent
One of Lh’s favorite famous fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent started his career at Christian Dior and it was there that he gained acclaim for his dress designs. In 1996 he launched his own fashion label, which included the famous women’s tuxedo jacket, the high-fashion peacoat, and the shirt dress. In addition to iconic clothing, he was also among the first designers to feature non-white mode.
Alexander McQueen was head designer of the LV owned Givenchy fashion line. In 1992 he launched the Alexander McQueen brand, known for its controversy and shock tactics. During his time as a designer, McQueen was awarded the title “British Designer of the Year” four times between 1996 and 2003. His first menswear collection was in Spring/Summer 2005 and although Alexander McQueen is no longer alive the brand continues to show its collections during fashion weeks.
The French Fashion Designer, Christian Dior became famous for his post-World War II creations. After all these years and his death, his legacy continues to influence the fashion industry.
Coco Chanel was born in 1883 and is most famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits, and black dresses. Her designs are still very popular nowadays.
Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian Fashion Designer, one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two world wars. Her designs were heavily influenced by surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau. Schiaparelli left NY for France in 1922 and launched her first knitwear collection in 1927. Read The Legacy of Elsa Schiaparelli for everything you need to know on Elsa!
Hubert de Givenchy
Hubert de Givenchy was known for his elegant haute couture designs. He opened his own design house in 1952 and one of his most famous affiliations was with the actress Audrey Hepburn – who wore his designs in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade.
Jeanne Lanvin founded her French fashion house in 1889, just a few years after completing her apprenticeship as a milliner. Today, Lanvin is the fashion house with the longest history of its kind, with nearly 130 years under its belt.
Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world. He was known for his bold designs and constant reinvention. He had his own label, Karl Lagerfeld, but was also the major creative force behind Chanel and Fendi, before his death in 2019.
In addition to fashion, Karl was also a photographer and worked in the world of home decor.
Oscar De La Renta
Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican Fashion Designer and became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. Read more about Oscar de la Renta!
My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.Oscar de la Renta
The founder of the fashion house Balenciaga, Cristóbal was known as “The Master” of Haute Couture. His work continues to shape fashion today. Balenciaga’s Spanish heritage influenced many of his most iconic designs.
The iconic fashion house Balmain was founded in 1945 by Pierre Balmain. This luxury brand offers an opulent and feminine signature style that creates a distinctive, super-feminine DNA for the house.
Ralph Lauren is an American clothing designer. He is most known for his sportswear line Polo Ralph Lauren, the centerpiece of his fashion empire. This empire includes home furnishings, fragrances, and luxury clothing.
Tom Ford, the acclaimed fashion designer and film director, worked in Gucci from 1994 to 2004. In 2005 he founded its own Tom Ford fashion brand, which offers menswear, eyewear and beauty products.
John Galliano was head designer of various fashion companies like Givenchy, Christian Dior and his own label John Galliano. At the moment in 2019, he is the creative director of the Parisien fashion house Maison Margiela. He has been named British Fashion Designer of the year four times and in 2004 was named the fifth most influential person in British Couture.
Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French haute couture fashion designer who founded his fashion label in 1982. During his career, he also served as the creative director at French Luxury House Hermês for womenswear.
Words by Rita Archer