In the world of exclusive luxury, fashion houses and high-end brands play a key role, but the names behind them are certainly the most important part of the process, we’re talking, of course, about fashion designers!
These iconic names in the fashion industry made a name for themselves, whether it be by working for major fashion houses, or creating their own luxury design brands, these fashion designers are considered true haute couture royalty.
Born in Germany, Lagerfeld split off on his own in 1961 and he became the notorious designer and the creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own label.
Alexander McQueen, British Fashion Designer and famous for bringing a sense of insurgency to fashion with his controversial and shocking styles but delightfully artistic and pioneering nevertheless.
Before he became a famous fashion designer, he had to work first in the retail business and sooner proceeded to establish his apparel, perfume, accessories, and even furniture lines. In the year 1967, he established his own company Ralph Lauren Corporation which is based in New York City.
Yves Saint Laurent
This fashion designer left for Paris at the age of 17, where he was able to show Michelle Brunhoff, director of French Vogue, his drawings and she published them directly. During his time at fashion school, he was introduced to Christian Dior and Yves worked at Dior for a long time. In 1961 he set up his own house as a French clothing brand and introduced his famous ‘Le Smoking’ only five years later.
More than 30 years later, Donna Karan is one of the most iconic names in American fashion. Her iconic silhouettes and innovative system of dressing remain as relevant as ever, now reimagined in a modern-day Donna Karan New York and the next-generation counterpart, DKNY.
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at luxury fashion houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.
The Vera Wang brand reflects the fashion designer‘s vision to create a lifestyle that goes beyond core bridal and ready-to-wear, and into publishing, fragrance, beauty, accessories and home. These collections are positioned at the highest end of the luxury market. Driven by artistic, modern and luxurious design and style, couture-like quality and a high level of customer service, Vera Wang’s collections hold impeccable customer appeal.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg is a Belgian-American fashion designer, best known for her eponymous label, which is often shortened to DvF, and her iconic wrap dresses. She is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a position she has held since 2006; in 2014 was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes; and in 2015 was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from The New School.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican-American fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, he was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo. De la Renta became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. He worked for Lanvin and Balmain. His eponymous fashion house has boutiques around the world including in Harrods of London and Madison Avenue in New York.
Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Westwood went on to open four shops in London, eventually expanding throughout the United Kingdom and the world, selling an increasingly varied range of merchandise, some of it linked to her many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and civil rights groups.