5 Most Famous Fashion Designers Of All Time


The 20th century witnessed a lot of improvements in men and women’s fashion. This is thanks to the contribution of fashion icons or fashion designers.


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Most of the most famous fashion designers of the 20th century is still contributing to the industry to this day. They still continue to create creative, elegant, modernist, and stylish clothing for people to wear.

Below is a top 5 list of the most famous fashion designers of all time that have made major contributions to the industry.

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel was French fashion designer and was the founder of the Chanel. The Chanel brand also takes its name from its founder. Coco Chanel has been known for her modernist and practical designs. Her pursuit for expensive simplicity has made her a leading and an important figure during the fashion revolution of the 20th century.

Coco Chanel was also the only fashion designer to be included in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

Donna Karan

Donna Karan has had a lot of historical background in fashion. All her works have always been related to fashion. She once headed a fashion design team for many years. Donna Karen was also very well-known for her own designs such as the ‘Seven Easy Pieces’.

She was also noted for being the creator of the DKNY (Donna Karen New York) brand. This brand has seen a number of additions in men and women’s apparel.

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani is an excellent Italian fashion designer who became famous for his men’s clothing creations. His design was notable for having clean and tailored lines. In 1975, Giorgio Armani founded his own company under his name.

No other Italian fashion designer is as successful as Giorgio Armani. His company has an annual revenue of over $1.6 billion in 2001. Due to his company’s continued success, Giorgio Armani’s net worth has increased to over $7 billion as of 2012. He is definitely a living legend in the fashion industry.

Calvin Klein

Born in New York in 1942, Calvin Klein was able to capitalize on the fashion industry using his own charisma and good looks. Throughout his active years, there were always rumors towards his sexual orientation that seemed to work to his advantage as it adds to his mysterious appeal as a fashion designer. Even his biggest rival, Ralph Lauren, praised Klein’s ability to charm and work with people around him effortlessly.

Donatella Versace

Even though Donatella Versace has just been the following the footsteps of her sister, Gianni Versace, she herself has shown to the world that she is not an ordinary fashion designer.

After her sister died in 1997, Donatella Versace took over the company and took it to new heights of success. This brilliant fashion designer made sure that all Versace shops will cater to the different fashion trends around the world. The Versace brand has been endorsed by multiple celebrities that include the likes of Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. The brand has products that range from clothing, fragrances, fashion accessories to home furnishings.


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