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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 HardyPopularized Von Dutch and Ed Hardy collections of trucker fashion and baseball caps:2000swild, often with tattoo + snake adornments
Baldessarini, Werner1945AustriaHugo BossHead designer of Hugo Boss collections from:1975casual, conventional, dynamic and exclusive
Benetton, Luciano1935ItalyBenettonWool knitwear made of natural wool and ” United Colors of Benetton”1965colorful, young, hip and playful
Biagiotti, Laura1943ItalyPrêt-a-porter, Cashmere CollectionPrêt-a-porter collections and Cashmere Collection:1974cashmere, soft fabrics, feminine fashion
Bogner, Willy Jnr
1942GermanyBognerSon 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 BossShirts, underwear, work clothes, uniforms from:1924characterized by head designer Baldessarini (see above) since 1975
Burberry, Thomas1835-1926UKBurberryWeatherproof, breathable trench coat:1880Plaid, British-style, stylish, exclusive, reserved
Burton, Sarah1974UKAlexander McQueenSarah 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. 5The little black dress (1926), twin set, Chanel No. 5:1921timelessly elegant, casual, functional, black and white
Cerruti, Nino1930ItalyCerruti, HitmanKnitwear (1963). Hitman men’s collection:1957classic, timeless elegance in quality fabrics
de la Renta, Oscar1932-2014Dominican RepublicOscar de la RentaDesigned 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 collectionNew Look collection (1947), Tulip and A-line collection:1950selegant dresses and skirts, feminine, narrow waists
Dongre, Anita1963IndiaHouse of Anita Dongre, AND, Global Desi, GrassrootOne 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, Tom1961USAGucciHead designer of Gucci, hipster from the…1990smainly fashionable and high quality men’s collections
Galliano, John1960GibraltarDior, Princess LucretiaDior’s chief designer, Princess Lucretia collection:1993extravagant, opulent, ostentatious
Garavani, Valentino1932ItalyValentinoCustom tailoring for celebrities, cocktail dresses:1950selegant, extravagant designs in red, white, black
Gaultier, Jean Paul1952FrancePrêt-a-porterCollection 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, Guccio1881-1953ItalyGucciRiding fashion in leather (1922), Jewelry and Design since:1938exotic luxury in leather, hemp, linen and bamboo
Hilfiger, Tommy1951USATommy HilfigerPurchased, 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 KleinDesigner at Anne Klein, first women’s clothing collection:1985modern, urban designs for women
Klein, Calvin1942USACalvin KleinMen ‘s underwear, Calvin’s jeans, “Obsession” since:1968simple, minimalist, monochrome-subtle, flowing satin
Lacoste, René1904-1996FranceLacoste, Le crocodileFormer 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 LacroixReady-to-wear collection including “le pouf” skirts:1980scombination of old and new, large patterns, colorful & flowery
Lagerfeld, Karl1933-2019GermanyChanel, Chloé, FendiCreative 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 PoloTies (1967) and Marco Polo collection:1970sporty elegance, “college look” in sumptuous fabrics
Louboutin, Christian1964FranceChristian LouboutinHigh heeled shoes with signature shiny red soles:1993fancy shoe and bag designs
McQueen, Alexander1969-2010UKGivenchyCreative director at Givenchy, notable for Jack-the-Ripper collection:1992provocative and extravagant, with latex, piercing and beads
Missoni, Ottavio “Tai”
1921-2013Italy/ CroatiaMissoniZigzag patterns, knitwear in bright colors, Italian ready-to-wear fashion:1950sseductive, sporty knit creations
Miyake, Issey1938JapanIssey Miyake, Givenchy, LarocheDesigner for Laroche and Givenchy women’s collections since:1971technoid, colorful silk fabrics and lightweight polyester
Mukherjee, Sabyasachi
1974IndiaSabyaSachiSabyaSachi Couture offers “International styling with an Indian soul”, bridal wear2000sfusion of styles, unusual fabrics and textures, vibrant patchwork embellishments
Prada, Miuccia1949ItalyPradaLuxury leather goods, Prada handbag collections since:1985simple, minimalist, innovative, latex, satin, plastic
Saint Laurent, Yves
1936-2008FranceYSL, Yves Saint LaurentPantsuit / trouser suit for women, the so-called Le Smoking, cocktail dresses, sheer tops1966at first black, later also colorful, transparent fabrics, jerseys
Quant, Mary
1934UKMary QuantPatterned 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 SanderCosmetics line, most famous for Onion or layered-look:1976timelessly elegant, minimalist
Savini, Gaetano1909-1987ItalyBrioniHaute Couture for men’s suits, co-founder of “Brioni” suits with Nazareno Fonticoli since:1945simple, extravagant elegance, modern and casual
Smith, Sir Paul1946UKPaul SmithMen’s Suits, ties, accessories. One of Britain’s most famous fashion designers since the:1970sclassic elegance, colorful, witty details
Strehle Gabriele1951GermanyPrêt-à-porter, StrenessePrêt-à-porter label “Strenesse”:1995straightforward, unfussy, understated patterns, black + grey
Takada Kenzo1940JapanKenzo, Jungle JaponaiseJungle Japonaise label since:1970colorful, cheerful, unconventional pattern combinations
Versace, Donatella1955ItalyVersace, Prêt-à-PorterSister 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 VuittonSuitcases, bags and luggage from:1854innovative, practical design in high quality
Westwood, Vivienne1941UKVivienne Westwood, Pirates CollectionQueen of Punk, “Pirates Collection”:1981shrill, radical, vinyl & leather, often plaid
Yamamoto Yohji1943JapanY’sFashion label “Y’s”, women’s collection Y’s since:1972timeless, elegant, futuristic, androgynous, black and white

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