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Famous Fashion Designers

Famous Fashion Designers List from Armani to Yamamoto

List of famous fashion designers featuring the clothes they designed and when they were popular. Filter and sort the table by name, fashion label, birthplace and decade to find key fashion facts fast. Bloomsbury Fashion Central offers a searchable database of famous fashion designers and their works.

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Famous Fashion DesignersBorn/DiedFromAssociated fashion label/sFashion highlights include:YearFabrics, styles and shapes
Armani, Giorgio1934ItalyGiorgio Armani, Emporio Armani.“Emporio Armani” (1981) men’s suits. One of Italy’s most famous fashion designers since:1961simple, minimalist elegance with rich fabrics.
Audigier, Christian1958-2015FranceVon Dutch, Ed Hardy.Popularized Von Dutch and Ed Hardy collections of trucker fashion and baseball caps:2000swild, often with tattoo + snake adornments.
Baldessarini, Werner1945AustriaHugo Boss.Head designer of Hugo Boss collections from:1975casual, conventional, dynamic and exclusive.
Benetton, Luciano1935ItalyBenetton.Wool knitwear made of natural wool and ” United Colors of Benetton”1965colorful, young, hip and playful.
Biagiotti, Laura1943ItalyPrêt-a-porter, Cashmere Collection.Prêt-a-porter collections and Cashmere Collection:1974cashmere, soft fabrics, feminine fashion.
Bogner, Willy Jnr
1942GermanyBogner.Son of Willy Bogner Senior, both famous German alpine skiers, Bogner sportswear collections since:1932sporty and chic ski, tennis, beachwear, as well as leather.
Boss, Hugo1885-1948GermanyHugo Boss.Shirts, underwear, work clothes, uniforms from:1924characterized by head designer Baldessarini (see above) since 1975.
Burberry, Thomas1835-1926UKBurberry.Weatherproof, breathable trench coat:1880Plaid, British-style, stylish, exclusive, reserved.
Burton, Sarah1974UKAlexander McQueen.Sarah Burton is creative director for Alexander McQueen and designed their women’s collection. Wedding dress for Kate Middleton (2011)2000combines traditional fabrics and lace with modern designs.
Chanel, Coco1883-1971FranceChanel No. 5.The little black dress (1926), twin set, Chanel No. 5:1921timelessly elegant, casual, functional, black and white.
Cerruti, Nino1930ItalyCerruti, Hitman.Knitwear (1963). Hitman men’s collection:1957classic, timeless elegance in quality fabrics.
de la Renta, Oscar1932-2014Dominican RepublicOscar de la Renta.Designed for USA first ladies and celebrities. In 2014 he designed Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress to marry George Clooney.1960sextravagant dresses, elegant everyday clothes.
Dior, Christian1905-1957FranceTulip, A-line collection.New Look collection (1947), Tulip and A-line collection:1950selegant dresses and skirts, feminine, narrow waists.
Dongre, Anita1963IndiaHouse of Anita Dongre, AND, Global Desi, Grassroot.One of India’s most famous fashion designers. Sustainable Grassroot label. AND brand awarded Best Women’s Western wear brand.2007wear-ability, comfort and inclusiveness, Indian influence and. craftsmanship, cruelty free, no leather or cashmere.
Ford, Tom1961USAGucci.Head designer of Gucci, hipster from the…1990smainly fashionable and high quality men’s collections.
Galliano, John1960GibraltarDior, Princess Lucretia.Dior’s chief designer, Princess Lucretia collection:1993extravagant, opulent, ostentatious.
Garavani, Valentino1932ItalyValentino.Custom tailoring for celebrities, cocktail dresses:1950selegant, extravagant designs in red, white, black.
Gaultier, Jean Paul1952FrancePrêt-a-porter.Collection in Paris, haute couture and prêt-a-porter. . One of France’s most famous fashion designers since the…1970smarkedly provocative, considered an “enfant terrible”.
Gucci, Guccio1881-1953ItalyGucci.Riding fashion in leather (1922), Jewelry and Design since:1938exotic luxury in leather, hemp, linen and bamboo.
Hilfiger, Tommy1951USATommy Hilfiger.Purchased, redesigned, then resold jeans and bell bottoms since:1970ssporty casual in US colors blue, white and red.
Jacquard, Joseph, Marie1752-1834FranceInventor of the mechanical Jacquard loom in:1805First weaving and textile designs, sample collections.
Joop, Wolfgang1944GermanyJOOP!Fur collection and JOOP! Ladies collection (1982) since:1978Lifestyle design for fashion, jewelry, eyewear, perfume.
Karan, Donna1948USAAnne Klein.Designer at Anne Klein, first women’s clothing collection:1985modern, urban designs for women.
Klein, Calvin1942USACalvin Klein.Men ‘s underwear, Calvin’s jeans, “Obsession” since:1968simple, minimalist, monochrome-subtle, flowing satin.
Lacoste, René1904-1996FranceLacoste, Le crocodile.Former French professional tennis player, “Le crocodile”, white polo shirt:1929only white till the 50s, later colored with a green crocodile. One of the most famous fashion designers.
Lacroix, Christian1951FranceChristian Lacroix.Ready-to-wear collection including “le pouf” skirts:1980scombination of old and new, large patterns, colorful & flowery.
Lagerfeld, Karl1933-2019GermanyChanel, Chloé, Fendi.Creative director at Chanel, Fendi and Chloé, best known for wool overcoat since:1955exclusive, but also some young, reasonably priced lines.
Lang, Helmut1956AustriaWomen’s collection with minimalist hi-tech fabrics since:1986sober, purist, nylon + rubber, black & white.
Lauren, Ralph1939USARalph Lauren, Marco Polo.Ties (1967) and Marco Polo collection:1970sporty elegance, “college look” in sumptuous fabrics.
Louboutin, Christian1964FranceChristian Louboutin.High heeled shoes with signature shiny red soles:1993fancy shoe and bag designs.
McQueen, Alexander1969-2010UKGivenchy.Creative director at Givenchy, notable for Jack-the-Ripper collection:1992provocative and extravagant, with latex, piercing and beads.
Missoni, Ottavio “Tai”
1921-2013Italy/ CroatiaMissoni.Zigzag patterns, knitwear in bright colors, Italian ready-to-wear fashion:1950sseductive, sporty knit creations.
Miyake, Issey1938JapanIssey Miyake, Givenchy, Laroche.Designer for Laroche and Givenchy women’s collections since:1971technoid, colorful silk fabrics and lightweight polyester.
Mukherjee, Sabyasachi
1974IndiaSabyaSachi.SabyaSachi Couture offers “International styling with an Indian soul”, bridal wear2000sfusion of styles, unusual fabrics and textures, vibrant patchwork embellishments.
Prada, Miuccia1949ItalyPrada.Luxury leather goods, Prada handbag collections since:1985simple, minimalist, innovative, latex, satin, plastic.
Saint Laurent, Yves
1936-2008FranceYSL, Yves Saint Laurent.Pantsuit / trouser suit for women, the so-called Le Smoking, cocktail dresses, sheer tops1966at first black, later also colorful, transparent fabrics, jerseys.
Quant, Mary
1934UKMary Quant.Patterned and colored tights, PVC wet collection and most famous for the mini skirt:1962simple forms with revolutionary materials such as PVC. One of the famous fashion designers that emerged in the sixties.
Sander, Jil1943GermanyJil Sander.Cosmetics line, most famous for Onion or layered-look:1976timelessly elegant, minimalist.
Savini, Gaetano1909-1987ItalyBrioni.Haute Couture for men’s suits, co-founder of “Brioni” suits with Nazareno Fonticoli since:1945simple, extravagant elegance, modern and casual.
Smith, Sir Paul1946UKPaul Smith.Men’s Suits, ties, accessories. One of Britain’s most famous fashion designers since the:1970sclassic elegance, colorful, witty details.
Strehle Gabriele1951GermanyPrêt-à-porter, Strenesse.Prêt-à-porter label “Strenesse”:1995straightforward, unfussy, understated patterns, black + grey.
Takada Kenzo1940JapanKenzo, Jungle Japonaise.Jungle Japonaise label since:1970colorful, cheerful, unconventional pattern combinations.
Versace, Donatella1955ItalyVersace, Prêt-à-Porter.Sister of Gianni, Prêt-à-Porter collection:1997glamorous, glitzy, sexy.
Versace, Gianni1946-1997ItalyVersace, Complice.“Complice” leather collection ladies line since:1970ssexy, skin-tight, short skirts, flashy colors and patterns.
Vuitton, Louis1821-1892FranceLouis Vuitton.Suitcases, bags and luggage from:1854innovative, practical design in high quality.
Westwood, Vivienne1941UKVivienne Westwood, Pirates Collection.Queen of Punk, “Pirates Collection”:1981shrill, radical, vinyl & leather, often plaid.
Yamamoto Yohji1943JapanY’s.Fashion label “Y’s”, women’s collection Y’s since:1972timeless, elegant, futuristic, androgynous, black and white.

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