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Manuel "Manolo" Blahnik Rodríguez CBE, ( /məˈnoʊloʊ ˈblɑːnɪk/; born 28 November 1942), is a Spanish fashion designer and founder of the self-named, high-end shoe brand.
Born to a Czech father and a Spanish mother and raised in the Canary Islands (Spain), Blahnik graduated from the University of Geneva in 1965 and studied art in Paris. He moved to London in 1968 to work at fashion boutique "Zapata" and wrote for Vogue Italia. After showing his portfolio of fashions and set designs to Diana Vreeland, she told him that he should design only footwear. In 1972, Ossie Clark invited him to create shoes for his runway show. With a loan of £2,000, Blahnik bought Zapata from its owner and opened his own boutique.
In the 1970s, when chunky platform shoes and boots were the mainstream footwear styling of the day, Manolo Blahnik turned back his attention to the stiletto heel, which has remained the brand's mainstay to this day. Manolo Blahnik shoes have rapidly become a symbol of pure classical style for the 21st century.
Manolo Blahnik's flagship store remains to date in Old Church Street in the fashionable Chelsea district of London.
Blahnik's boutiques are located in London, New York, Las
Hussein Chalayan MBE (English: /huˌseɪn ˈʃʌləjɑːn/; given name Hüseyin Çağlayan, Turkish: [hyseˌjin ʧaːlaˈjan]) (born 1970) is a British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer. He has won the British Designer of the Year twice (in 1999 and 2000) and was awarded the MBE in 2006.
Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia in 1970 and graduated from the Türk Maarif Koleji of his hometown. He moved with his family to England in 1978, obtaining British citizenship. He first studied for a National Diploma in fashion and clothing at Warwickshire School of Arts, and proceeded to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. His graduate collection in 1993, titled "The Tangent Flows", contained clothes which he had buried in his back yard and dug up again. An instant sensation, the whole collection was purchased and displayed in luxury designer store Browns in London.
In 1995, Chalayan beat 100 competitors to clinch a top London fashion design award. In the contest, organised by the company "Absolut", Chalayan, aged 25, won financial backing to the tune of £28,000 to develop creations for the British capital's Fashion Week in October 1995.
Also in 1995 Chalayan
Nanette Lepore (born in 1964 in Youngstown, Ohio) is a well known fashion designer based in New York City. New York magazine has said that she is "Known for her feminine style and fine detailing, Nanette Lepore makes ultra-chic clothes that are at the same time easy to wear."
Lepore's father, James, was a professor of art and noted painter.
Lepore moved from Ohio to New York City, where she began to develop her professional career as a designer. She attended New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in design. Also attended Youngstown State University and earned a undergraduate degree there.
Lepore gained celebrity in the fashion world after she returned to California, opening a boutique store in Los Angeles and selling her outfits to clients in Europe and Asia. She also began to have her items featured in the famous American store chain, Neiman Marcus. She also gained renown for her flair on the runway and began to attract stars like Aida Turturro, Illeana Douglas, Lorraine Bracco, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, and America Ferrera.
She also has her own fragrance named Nanette.
In spring 2007, Nanette Lepore decided to do a collection of shoes with
Dirk Bikkembergs (born January 2, 1959) is a Belgian fashion designer.
Dirk Bikkembergs was born in Cologne, Germany, as his dad was in the Military (Belgian Army). He lived most of his younger years in Diepenbeek, Limburg, Belgium. In 1982, Bikkembergs graduated, together with other Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Walter van Beirendonck and Marina Yee. In 1996, the Bikkembergs label was introduced as a label to address a wider market. Bikkembergs early decided in his designer career to focus on football dress, considering it the universal language par excellence of the 21st century. The Belgian fashion designer is renowned for his unique capacity to confront the exclusivity of fashion with the universe of football. He was the first fashion designer ever who received permission to hold a fashion show in a football stadium.
Dirk started using the team as his laboratory for styling and fabric technology. From exclusive jackets to high-performance underwear, all his designs are now tested and promoted by football players. The Dirk Bikkembergs Group’s sponsorship of the team, now re-christened F.C. Bikkembergs Fossombrone, involved not only
This article is about the haute couture designer. For the fashion label, see Vionnet (company)
Madeleine Vionnet (pronounced: [ma.də.lɛn vjɔ.ne]; June 22, 1876 – March 2, 1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the "Queen of the bias cut" and "the architect among dressmakers", Vionnet is best-known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.
Born into a poor family in Chilleurs-aux-Bois, Loiret, Vionnet began her apprenticeship as a seamstress at age 11. After a brief marriage at age 18, she left her husband and went to London to work as a hospital seamstress. While in London, Vionnet worked as a fitter for Kate Reily. Vionnet eventually returned to Paris and trained with the well known fashion house Callot Soeurs and later with Jacques Doucet. In 1912 she founded her own fashion house, "Vionnet". In the 1920s Vionnet created a stir by introducing the bias cut, a technique for cutting cloth diagonal to the grain of the fabric enabling it to cling to the body while moving with the wearer. Vionnet's use of the bias cut to create a sleek, flattering, body-skimming look would help revolutionize women's clothing and carry her to
Heidemarie Jiline 'Jil' Sander (German pronunciation: [dʒɪl ˈzandər]) (born 27 November 1943) is a minimalist German fashion designer and the founder of the Jil Sander fashion house.
Sander's trademark look, a contemporary, somewhat odd, New Look – originally intended for women conquering executive positions in the 1980s – was that of a precisely cut pantsuit, a slim blouse and a form-fitting coat made of luxurious fabrics in plain grey, beige, blue, black or white. Jil Sander enjoyed almost cult-like followings for her fashions that could all be easily coordinated and have always ranged in the top price segment. Sander has been described as the Queen of Less.
Sander's eponymous fashion label still exists today but has been carried on without her involvement since 2004. In early 2009, Sander, after years of absence from the world of fashion, announced the creation of her own fashion consultancy, and her employment by Uniqlo of Japan.
In February 2012, Jil Sander returned to her eponymous brand.
Jil Sander, born in Wesselburen, Schleswig-Holstein, grew up with her mother and later studied textile design in Krefeld from where she graduated as a textile engineer in 1963. Having spent
Jack Mackenroth (born April 29, 1969) is an American swimmer, model, and fashion designer who competed in the fourth season of American reality show Project Runway. Mackenroth was the first openly HIV-positive contestant in the show's history.
His sister, Sarah Kietzer, relates that when Mackenroth was a little kid he rode his bike into a boat parked on the side of the road requiring twelve stitches.
Although he was a late bloomer and had trouble fitting in by the time he reached high school, he began to express himself through sewing. "I was a total club kid. I hung out with all the alternative kids at school, and we all made our own clothes and cut our own hair," he says. "I always had a knack for it and I wanted to look cool, but I didn’t have the money, so I would just alter items I already had. At the time, it really irritated my mother, but look at me now!"
Mackenroth was pre-med at the University of California, Berkeley for the first two years, following in the footsteps of his mom who was a nurse at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, but later graduated with a double degree in Fine Arts and Sociology after he figured he could actually make a living in the fashion
Kimora Lee Simmons (née Perkins; born May 4, 1975) is an American fashion model, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions.
Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Joanne Perkins, is Korean-born Japanese who later worked as a Social Security Administrator. Her mother was adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and she now goes by her own mother's Japanese name, Kyoko. Kimora's father, Vernon Whitlock Jr., is African American, has worked as a Federal Marshal, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigator, a bail bondsman, and is currently a barber in St. Louis.
Growing up in the northern St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Missouri, Kimora was the target of schoolyard bullying and teasing, because of her height (she was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was 10 years old) and mixed ancestry. To help her, Simmons's mother enrolled her in a modeling class when she was eleven years old. Two years later she was discovered by Marie-Christine Kollock (a representative for seminal Paris Agency Glamour) at a Model Search in Kansas City (organized by Kay Mitchell) and sent to Paris.
Simmons is a graduate of Lutheran North High School
Issey Miyake (三宅 一生, Miyake Issei, born 22 April 1938) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.
Miyake was born 22 April 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. As a seven year-old, he witnessed and survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. He studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, graduating in 1964. After graduation, he worked in Paris and New York City. Returning to Tokyo in 1970, he founded the Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women's fashion.
In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. This eventually resulted in a new technique called garment pleating in 1993's Pleats Please in which the garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The fabric's 'memory' holds the pleats and when the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to wear. He did the costume for Ballett Frankfurt with pleats in a piece named "the Loss of Small Detail" William
Michiko Koshino (小篠 美智子, Koshino Michiko), born in 1950, is a fashion designer. She has high-end stores in Japan and London.
Koshino was the designer for the final runway show of Stardoll's Elite, Kahlen's Next Top Model.
Michiko Koshino was born in Osaka, Japan and is one of three siblings who have all entered the fashion design industry. While working for her mother’s boutique early in her life, Koshino gained first hand experience in the fashion and retail industry. In 1974, Koshino graduated from Bunka Fukuso Gakuin College of design. Upon graduating, Koshino moved to London to pursue her career as a fashion designer. She opened up her first store in Covent Garden that portrayed a dance club-like atmosphere that included DJ turntables to complete the effect.
In 1987, Koshino began a line of menswear called Motorking, that today are considered to be collector’s items, worn by David Bowie and Moby. She also created a line of women’s wear, Q tee, which is influenced by urban street wear. Her clothing line later branched out to include cosmetics, underwear, eyewear, and accessories that are sold globally in countries such as Asia, Europe, and the United States. Yen denim, a limited
Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with more than 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He has been the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton since 1997. Jacobs is on Time Magazine's "2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and ranked 12th on Out Magazine's 2011 list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".
Marc Jacobs was born to a non-observant Jewish family in New York City. When he was seven, his father, an agent at the William Morris agency, died. His mother, who remarried three times, was “mentally ill” and “didn’t really take care of her kids”, according to Jacobs. As a teenager, he went to live with his paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side, in an apartment in the Majestic on Central Park West.
He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 and studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York. During his time at Parsons, Jacobs won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award in 1984, and in the same year was also awarded the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and the Design Student
Rei Kawakubo (川久保 玲, Kawakubo Rei, born 11th October 1942 in Tokyo) is a Japanese fashion designer, founder of Comme des Garçons.
She is untrained as a fashion designer, but studied fine arts and literature at Keio University. After graduation, Kawakubo worked in a textile company and began working as a freelance stylist in 1967.
In 1973, she established her own company, Comme des Garçons Co. Ltd in Tokyo and opened up her first boutique in Tokyo in 1975. Starting out with women's clothes, Kawakubo added a men's line in 1978. Three years later, she started presenting her fashion lines in Paris each season, opening up a boutique in Paris in 1982.
Comme des Garçons specialises in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white. The materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labeled her clothes 'Hiroshima chic' amongst other things. Since the late 1980s her colour palette has grown somewhat.
Celestine Ann "Tina" Knowles (née Beyincé; born January 4, 1954) is an American fashion designer known for her House of Deréon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion brands. She is perhaps best known as the mother of singers Beyoncé Knowles and Solange Knowles, and was the wife of Mathew Knowles, who managed Destiny's Child and then Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland until 2011.
She was born in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Agnès (née DeRouen) and Lumis Albert Beyincé. Her ancestry includes African, French, and Irish; she is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. Tina's rise to prominence came as costume designer for Destiny's Child. In the early days of her daughter's career, when money was limited, she created outfits that the members wore on-stage and to events. As the group grew more successful, Knowles' work enjoyed a greater level of visibility and success. Inspired by the legacy of Knowles' mother, seamstress Agnéz Deréon, she and Beyoncé decided to form a production company and create a fashion label. Initially, they launched House of Deréon, a young contemporary line, in 2005. In 2006, they launched Deréon, a casual lifestyle collection, but in 2012 it was discontinued
Yahya Al Bishri is a Saudi fashion designer. He has designed garments for King Abdullah and royal families around the world such as Princess Diana.
Yahya Al Bishri was born in Abha, where he received primary education before moving to jeddah, to complete his study. Attracted to art,fashion,and design world which is full of creation and innovation. His hobby was developed to become a profession through academic study at the Milano School of Fashion and the Paris American Academy for art and fashion. Al Bishri, who in the late 1980s was one of the first Saudis to enter the world of fashion, was used to overcoming barriers. His father, shocked and disappointed by his son's choice of profession, initially cut him off, hoping he would return to a more conventional line of work. So Al Bishri supported 2 1/2 years of fashion design studies in Italy and France, by writing and selling poems and freelancing for local newspapers. In 1988 Yahya Al Bishri graduated as a fashion designer.
Al Bishri is credited with having taken the Saudi fashion industry to the next level, allowing Saudi Arabia’s name to shine in the fashion world with a unique fusion of traditional Saudi clothes with foreign
Albert Capraro (born May 20, 1943) is an American fashion designer. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and worked for Lilly Dache and Oscar de la Renta before starting his own business in 1974. His clients have included Betty Ford, Susan Ford, Barbara Walters, Cristina Ferrare, Polly Bergen, Tawny Little , Phyllis George and Anne Armstrong.
Dries Van Noten (born 1958) is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him "one of fashion's most cerebral designers". His style is said to be "eccentric", and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid 2000s, culminating with Van Noten's winning of the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards, and has continued to dress her for other red carpet events since. Other notable customers include Princess Mathilde of Belgium, and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Van Noten was born into a family of garment makers and traders: his father owned a menswear shop and his grandfather was a tailor. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy in 1980, and began his career in 1986, when he presented his first menswear collection in London as part of the The Antwerp Six collective. That led to a small order from Barneys New York, a store that still stocks his merchandise regularly. Van Noten currently creates four collections a year (men's and women's, both for
Jeanne Paquin (French pronunciation: [ʒan pakɛ̃]) (1869–1936) was a leading French fashion designer, known for her resolutely modern and innovative designs.
Born in Saint-Denis in 1869, Paquin trained as a dressmaker at Rouff and later opened her own fashion house in 1891. The Maison Paquin quickly became known for its eighteenth century-inspired pastel evening dresses and tailored day dresses, as well as for its numerous publicity stunts, including organizing fashion parades to promote her new models and sending her models to operas and races in order to show off her designs. Paquin also frequently collaborated with the illustrators and architects Leon Bakst, George Barbier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and Louis Süe for the creation of stage costumes, the publication of dress albums and the decoration of her private residences, reinforcing her reputation as a thoroughly modern designer. Beginning in 1912, the her fashions were attractively illustrated in the fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton with six other leading Paris designers of the day – Madeleine Chéruit, Georges Doeuillet, Jacques Doucet, Paul Poiret, Redfern & Sons, and the House of Charles Worth.
Jeanne Paquin withdrew
Geoffrey Beene (August 30, 1927 – September 28, 2004) was an American fashion designer.
Beene was born in Haynesville in Claiborne Paris in north Louisiana just south of the Arkansas state line. He studied medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans but dropped out in 1946, after three years of study. He moved to New York City in 1947 to attend the Traphagen School of Fashion. He then worked at a number of fashion houses, both in Paris and New York, including Harmay and Teal Traina. & Rockohype
In 1963 he started his own company, Geoffrey Beene, Inc., with a showroom located on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. His clients included such notables as Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Faye Dunaway and Glenn Close.
He was known as both an innovator and a teacher. Several of his former apprentices, Kay Unger, Alber Elbaz and Doo Ri Chung are now successful fashion designers, thanks to his early guidance in their respective careers.
Beene died on September 28, 2004, due to complications (pneumonia) from cancer at age 77. His career in fashion design spanned over 40 years.
In honor of Beene’s fashion legacy, the CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America, created the annual
Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt on 10 September 1933 in Hamburg) is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris. He has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art related projects, most notably as head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel. Lagerfeld has his own label fashion house, as well as the Italian house Fendi.
Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg. He has claimed he was born in 1938, by Elisabeth (born Bahlman) and his Swedish father Otto Lagerfeldt. He is known to insist that no-one knows his real birth date: Interviewed on French television in February 2009, Lagerfeld said that he was "born neither in 1933 nor 1938." His older sister, Martha Christiane (a.k.a. Christel), was born in 1931. Lagerfeld also has an older half-sister, Thea, from his father's first marriage. His original name was Lagerfeldt (with a "t"), but he later changed it to Lagerfeld as "it sounds more commercial."
Lagerfeld grew up as the son of a wealthy businessman from Hamburg who was introducing condensed milk (Glücksklee-Milch GmbH) to Germany; his mother is from Berlin. According to Alicia Drake, Lagerfeld's mother, Elisabeth Bahlmann, was a lingerie
He was born in the Kuala Krai district in the state of Kelantan on 11 June 1961. Toi left his native Malaysia at the age of eighteen, and via Toronto, landed in New York a year later. There he attended Parsons School of Design and apprenticed with Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ronaldus Shamask. In 1989, with a modest collection of bright sarongs, strong suits and regal dresses, he opened his own atelier.
In 1991 Toi won the Mouton-Cadet Young Designers Award, surprising many considering the competition he faced that day. His most recent award of distinction was presented by New York City Public Advocate Mark J. Green for Toi’s artistic contributions and achievements. In March 1997, Toi was awarded a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan. Mr. Toi is also a recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.
Toi has served several style arbiters including Sharon Stone, Patti LaBelle, Ivana Trump, Hazelle Goodman, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Jennifer Tilly, Meg Ryan, and Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas. Be it the House of Toi signature collection or the "Z" collection, his moderately priced bridge line, Toi’s creations are marketed as original and feminine
Jayne Pierson (born 1969/1970) is a Welsh fashion designer. She launched her début collection with On|Off at London Fashion Week in September 2009. She has interned at Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
Pierson was born in Wales and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a first class BA Honours degree in Fashion Design. She also combined additional units of study from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. She won the London Graduate Fashion Week Ecological Design Award.
While an undergraduate, Pierson did a work placement with Alexander McQueen. She then did another work placement with Vivienne Westwood, who then offered her a position as a Design Assistant. Pierson stated that even though she greatly admires Vivienne Westwood, her designs actually quite contrast with those of Westwood. She stated that her style was not "that baroque nor that voluptuous ".
Pierson showcased her debut collection at On|Off, London Fashion Week in September 2009. She was listed as one of the Vogue Italia talents in 2010. She is also Music Editor for blown magazine.
Pierson is married and has twin daughters.
Giles Deacon (born 1969) is a British fashion designer, best known for his playful designs and his collaboration with High Street retailer New Look. Deacon was employed by the fashion houses Bottega Veneta and Gucci, before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003. He launched his first collection for GILES at the 2004 London Fashion Week and was named "Best New Designer" at the British Fashion Awards. Deacon's designs have been met with critical acclaim and have sparked a renewed interest in London fashion. Having become one of the fashion industry's most fêted figures, Deacon was named British Fashion Designer of the Year in 2006 and was awarded the French ANDAM Fashion Award's Grand Prix in 2009. The designer was appointed creative director of French fashion house Ungaro in April 2010. Deacon retained the position until September 2011, when he and Ungaro mutually decided to end their collaboration.
Deacon was born in Darlington, County Durham, but grew up near Ullswater in the Lake District. Deacon is the youngest child of David, an agricultural salesman and Judith, a housewife. He has one older sister. He attended Barnard Castle School in County Durham which he credits with
John Rocha CBE (born 23 August 1953) is a Hong Kong born fashion designer of Chinese and Portuguese (Macanese) descent who is based in Ireland.
Rocha resides in Dublin, Ireland with his wife Odette (née Gleeson), who is a key member of his design team, and their two children, Simone and Max. Rocha has a second, older daughter, Zoe, from his first marriage to another Irish woman, Eily Doolan. The Rocha family keep a second home in the South of France, at St Jean Cap-Ferrat, in an area popular with other wealthy Irish friends, including Bono, the lead singer of Dublin rock band, U2.
He moved to Ireland after graduating from the Croydon School of Art, London. Known for his hand-crafting, beading and appliquée to garments, Rocha first established a name for himself with his Chinatown label in Dublin in the 1980s and later designing clothing for both men and women in the Irish high street stores A Wear and their luxury stores Brown Thomas. He has designed a range of cut crystal stemware and vases for Waterford Crystal until that firm's closure in 2008. The brand is being relaunched in 2010 and a John Rocha crystal product range will be relaunched Waterford Crystal.
By 1993, he was named
Philipp Patrick Plein (b. 1978 in Munich) is a German designer and fashion designer.
Upon completion of the Gymnasium Schloss Salem boarding school on Lake Constance, he studied at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen law. Pleins strong interest in art has early been shaped by his parents. Numerous travel and related visits to museums awoke in him an early interest in art, architecture and foreign cultures. Since 1998, he began exclusive pieces of furniture for his family and friends to design. In 2004, a street-fashion collection added. His first shop he opened was in the Munich disco Nobel P1. He has no formal training as a fashion designer and does not know how to sew. His clothes are constructed by trained fashion designers that he hires as contractors. He cannot make or sell clothes in France using the term " Couture ", because he is not a couture designer according to the guide-lines in France.
In 2008 he visited Heidi Klum and the participants from Germany's Next Topmodel in Barcelona with a "heavy metal" collection, and the models required the international Naomi Campbell and Marcus Schenkenberg Vogue for a campaign.
Philipp Plein 2009 cooperates with Mattel and
Paul Poiret (20 April 1879, Paris, France – 30 April 1944, Paris) was a French fashion designer. His contributions to twentieth-century fashion have been likened to Picasso's contributions to twentieth-century art.
Poiret was born on 20 April 1879 to a cloth merchant in the poor neighborhood of Les Halles, Paris. His parents, in an effort to rid him of his natural pride, apprenticed him to an umbrella maker. There, he collected scraps of silk left over from the cutting of umbrella patterns, and fashioned clothes for a doll that one of his sisters had given him. While a teenager, Poiret took his sketches to Madeleine Chéruit, a prominent dressmaker, who purchased a dozen from him. Poiret continued to sell his drawings, eventually to major Parisian couture houses, until he was hired by Jacques Doucet in 1896. His first design, a red cloth cape, sold 400 copies. Poiret later moved to the House of Worth, where he was responsible for designing simple, practical dresses. The "brazen modernity of his designs," however, proved too much for Worth's conservative clientele. When Poiret presented the Russian Princess Bariatinsky with a Confucius coat with an innovative kimono-like cut, for
Olivier Theyskens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɔlɪviər ˈtʰɛiskəns]; born January 4, 1977 in Brussels, Belgium) is a fashion designer who has worked with several major houses, including Rochas, Nina Ricci, and Theory.
Olivier Theyskens was born to a Belgian chemical engineer and a French homemaker. When he was young, Theyskens desperately wanted to be a girl, and was tormented by the fact that girls "got to be princesses and wear skirts." As a child, Theyskens' parents encouraged him to draw men and women in costumes and were not surprised when at the age of 7 years old, Theyskens proclaimed he wanted to "do haute couture".
In October 1995, aged 18, Olivier Theyskens began attending the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre to study fashion design, but dropped out in 1997 to start his own label. His first collections were often referred to as "gothic extravaganzas" and were created from bed sheets that his grandmother gave to him. Without sufficient financial support, he was forced to close his label. Despite this, sales of his line were surprisingly strong and as his friend Laetitia Crahay, Chanel's assistant costume jewelry designer, says, "I never worry
Elie Saab (Arabic: إيلي صعب) (born July 4, 1964), sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer.
In 1982, Saab launched his Beirut-based fashion label when he was 18 years old. His main workshop is in Lebanon. He also has workshops in Milan and Paris.
Born to Maronite Catholic parents in Beirut, Saab is self-trained. He started sewing as a child and knew that one day he would make a living out of it. In 1981 he moved to Paris to study fashion, but ended up returning and opening his workshop in 1982. In 1997 Saab was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda, and in 1997, showed his first collection outside Lebanon in Rome. In 1998, he started ready-to-wear in Milan, and in the same year, he held a fashion show in Monaco which was attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
He became an overnight success after he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry, in 2002. Berry wore a burgundy gown by Saab to the 2002 Academy Awards when she won for Best Actress. Berry later wore another dress by Saab, this time a gold dress, to the 2003 Oscars.
In May 2003, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute
John Varvatos is an American contemporary high fashion menswear designer.
The Varvatos family is originally from the village of Poulata on the Greek island of Cefalonia. John Varvatos was born in Detroit and grew up in Allen Park. He attended Allen Park High School. Varvatos joined Polo Ralph Lauren in 1983. He then moved to Calvin Klein in 1990 where he was appointed head of menswear design and oversaw the launch of the men’s collection and the cK brand. In 1995, he returned to Ralph Lauren as Head of Menswear Design for all Polo Ralph Lauren brands and created the Polo Jeans Company.
In late 1999, Varvatos started his company, debuting his first clothing line at the end of 2000 in New York. The brand now includes belts, handbags, footwear, eyewear, watches and fragrances.
In September 2000, within months of showing his first collection, John Varvatos opened a freestanding boutique in Soho. The collection is currently distributed in all John Varvatos boutiques including the 315 Bowery boutique in the space that formerly housed the underground music club CBGB. In addition, the collection is available in select luxury retail stores and specialty boutiques.
In 2001, John Varvatos was
Antonio D'Amico (born 1959) is a model and fashion designer. He is best known as the partner of Gianni Versace.
D'Amico was born in Mesagne, Province of Brindisi, Italy, and later lived in Milan. He was hired as a part-time office executive for his first job. He met Versace in 1982 and eventually embarked on a long-term relationship that lasted 15 years, until Versace's death in 1997. During that time, he worked as designer for the Versace Sport line. D'Amico now runs his own fashion design company.
Versace's will left D'Amico with a pension of 50 million lire a month for life (about €26,000) and the right to live in any of Versace's homes in Italy and the United States. However, since the properties that were left to D'Amico in Gianni's will actually belonged to the company, the homes belonged to Donatella, Santo, and Allegra. After working out some agreements with lawyers, D'Amico obtained a fraction of the pension, and a restricted right to live in Gianni's properties. D'Amico's relations with the rest of the Versace family have not always been easy; Donatella Versace said in March 1999 that "My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive. I respected
Chris Benz is an American fashion designer. He gained early recognition as a recipient of a coveted CFDA scholarship while attending Parson's School of Design. Benz interned with Marc Jacobs in college, then worked at J.Crew, before launching his own collection in 2007. His signatures include unabashed use of color and texture, and deft use of prints, as well as inventive subversion of traditional dressmaking codes and techniques. His namesake collection is available in stores throughout United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He was inducted into the CFDA in 2009.
Benz's clothes are frequently featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour and other publications. In addition to his own fashion line, Benz has partnered with Moscot, the upscale eyewear company, to design a line of frames, Pologeorgis Furs and Lancôme to design a the "Chris & Tell" Lipstick. And his partnership with Redken consistently creates Fashion Week buzz.
Benz's success in the fashion world has led to numerous television appearances, included among them a week as guest judge on Bravo's The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection and an appearance on HBO's How to Make It in America. He is also a regular
Katharine E. Hamnett CBE (born 16 August 1947, in Gravesend, Kent) is an English fashion designer best known for her political t-shirts and her ethical business philosophy. She graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Hamnett founded the Katharine E. Hamnett clothier in 1979.
In the early-to-mid 1980s Hamnett's oversized t-shirts with large block letter slogans, launched in 1983, were adopted by pop bands including Wham!, with her "CHOOSE LIFE" slogan prominently displayed in the music video for "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and somewhat less prominently in Queen's video for Hammer To Fall (worn by Roger Taylor). Taylor also wore a "WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR BAN NOW" shirt during Queen's historical appearance at the first edition of Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1984, ZTT's Paul Morley designed a series of "FRANKIE SAY..." T-shirts to promote the record label's chart act Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH). Morley has stated that these designs were consciously based on Hamnett's slogan T-shirts: "What persuaded me was reading Katharine Hamnett saying she wanted the T-shirts ripped off, which reminded me of Mark P, saying he wanted Sniffin' Glue
Ulrike “Uli” Herzner (born 23 April 1971) is a fashion designer originally from East Germany, currently living in Miami Beach, Florida. She was a contestant on the third season of the Bravo network reality television series Project Runway, where she finished runner-up to Jeffrey Sebelia. She is now the star of her own show, It's Very Uli on Plum TV.
Sir Norman Bishop Hartnell, KCVO (12 June 1901, London – 8 June 1979, Windsor) was a British fashion designer. Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to HM The Queen 1940, subsequently Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II 1957.
Born to an upwardly mobile family in Streatham, a southwest London suburb, his parents were publicans and owners of the Crown & Sceptre, a large coaching inn at the top of Streatham Hill. Educated at Mill Hill School, Hartnell read Modern Languages at Magdalene College, Cambridge, but left Cambridge without a degree. More interested in performing, and designing productions, for the university Footlights, Hartnell was noticed by the London press as the designer of a Footlights production which transferred to the Dalys Theatre in London. Having unsuccessfully worked for two London designers, including Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, whom he sued for copying his designs without a credit, he opened his own business at 10 Bruton Street, Mayfair in 1923 with the help of his father and sister Phyllis.
Hartnell acquired a clientele of young women and their mothers intent on fashionable originality in
Jason Wu (Chinese: 吳季剛; pinyin: Wú Jìgāngg; Wade–Giles: Wú Chì-Kāng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gô͘ Kùi-Kong; born September 27, 1982) is a Manhattan-based Taiwanese Canadian fashion designer.
Born in Taiwan, Wu moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at age nine and attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and Loomis Chaffee, in Windsor, Connecticut. He learned how to sew by designing and sewing for dolls, and went on to study sculpture in Tokyo. Wu continued this career path at sixteen by learning to create freelance doll clothing designs for toy company Integrity Toys under the lines "Jason Wu dolls" and later "Fashion Royalty". The following year, he was named creative director of Integrity Toys. He decided to become a fashion designer while spending his senior year of high school in Rennes before graduating from The Loomis Chaffee School in 2001, and studied at the Parsons The New School for Design at The New School. He later interned with Narciso Rodriguez.
Wu launched his ready-to-wear line of clothes with earnings from his years of doll designs. His first full collection debuted in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star award in 2008. Jason Wu's
André Courrèges (pronounced: [andʁe kuʁɛʒ]; born 9 March 1923 in Pau) is a French fashion designer, known for his ultra-modern designs. At the age of 25, after studying to be a civil engineer, he went to Paris to work at Geanne Lafaurie fashion design house. A few months later he went over to Balenciaga, the renowned Spanish designer.
Both Courrèges and Mary Quant lay claim to the invention of the miniskirt.
In 1961 Courrèges opened his Maison de Couture with his little white dress and a trouser suit.
He launched his 'Space Age' collection in 1964. He built his dresses rather than designed them. The shapes of his clothes were geometric: squares, trapezoids, triangles. The look included boots, goggles, and hems three inches above the knees. The main features of his boxy, uncluttered look spread quickly throughout the fashion world, especially the miniskirt, which he introduced to France.
The materials included plastic and metal. He uses PVC clothing in his collections. Colours were primary: metallic, white, red, yellow, etc. From the perspective of publicity, the collection was an absolute sensation. However, it is worth remembering that fashion houses have always made their sales
Ann Demeulemeester (born 1959, Waregem, Belgium) is a fashion designer whose eponymous label 'Ann Demeulemeester' is mainly showcased at the annual Paris Fashion Week.
Ann Demeulemeester was born in Waregem, a city in the Flemish province of Belgium in 1959, and later lived in the city of Bruges. Her father, a chicory professor, and her mother both currently live in Waregem. Initially, Demeulemeester showed no interest in fashion. She attended art school for three years, where she discovered her fascination with people and portraiture, which led her to begin thinking about clothing attire. From this, Ann went on to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp from 1978 to 1981. In 1986, Demeulemeester, along with her fellow students from the Antwerp Royal Academy, went to London to showcase their collections. As a result, she is often referred to as a member of the 'Antwerp Six', the radical and distinctive Belgian designers of the 1980s. This group of avant-garde designers are known for their decontructivist styles of creating untraditional clothing lines. Other notables from the group include Dries van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck.
After graduating from
Josephus Melchior Thimister (born September 16, 1962) is a Belgian interior decorator and noted fashion designer who launched his eponymous fashion label, THIMISTER in 1997. In 2001, the editor-in-chief of Vogue USA Anna Wintour named Josephus Thimister as one of the twenty-first best fashion designers. In 2010, the New York Times described his couture show and its pieces as, “fascinating (…) quite clear in military shapes and broken elegance. Dresses like melted down family silver” - Cathy Horyn. After a brief period with Karl Lagerfeld as an assistant, he worked as a designer along Jean Patou before being appointed director of luxury prêt-à-porter at the renowned house of Balenciaga. It was for the next five and a half years that Thimister would spend reviving the brand with his pure, succinctly modernist vision. He then set up his own Paris-based house in 1997, and has since presented both haute couture and prêt-à-porter collections under his name.
Born to parents of Russian, Belgian, and French descent in Maastricht, Netherlands in 1962, Thimister knew of his passion for design at the age of four. His ambitions soon materialized when he graduated from the fashion department of
Michael Kors (born Karl Anderson, Jr.; August 9, 1959) is an American fashion designer. He is best known for designing classic American sportswear for women.
Kors was born Karl Anderson, Jr. on Long Island, New York, the son of Joan Hamburger, a former model, and her first husband, Karl Anderson, a college student. When his mother remarried when he was five, he was told he could change his name, and he chose to become Michael David Kors. He grew up in Merrick, New York and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. Kors' mother is Jewish and his father was of Swedish descent. Kors currently resides in New York City and lives with his husband, Lance LePere in Southampton, New York on August 16, 2011.
Michael Kors began designing clothes at the age of 19 and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In 1981, Kors launched the Michael Kors womenswear line at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Building on his success, Kors was named the first ever women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for the French fashion house Celine in 1997. In his tenure at Celine, Kors
Walter Van Beirendonck (Brecht, 4 February 1957) is a Belgian fashion designer. He graduated in 1980 from the Royal Arts Academy in Antwerp. Together with Dirk Van Saene, Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee (graduated in 1981) and Dirk Bikkembergs (graduated in 1982) they became known as the Antwerp Six.
Since 1983, he issues his own collections. They are inspired by the visual arts, literature, nature and ethnic influences. His unusual color combinations and a strong graphic influence are characteristic for his collections. In 1997, he designed the costumes for the U2 "PopMart Tour". In 1999, he was awarded the honorary title of "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders". In 2001, he curated the 'Fashion 2001 Landed-Geland' project in Antwerp. Next to five large exhibitions, a new magazine was launched: N°A magazine, published by Artimo, now called A MAGAZINE curated by.
John Charles Galliano CBE, RDI (born 28 November 1960) is a Gibraltar-born British fashion designer who was head designer of the French fashion companies John Galliano S.A. (1993 to April 2011), Givenchy (January 1996 to October 1996), and Christian Dior (October 1996 to March 2011).
He was born in Gibraltar to a Gibraltarian father, Juan Galliano, and a Spanish mother, Anita, and has two sisters.Galliano's father was a plumber. His family moved to England in pursuit of work when Galliano was six, and settled in Streatham, South London, before moving to Dulwich and later to Brockley. He was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family. Galliano, who was shy and diffident, often spoke of his struggle to fit in. Recalling his early days, he once admitted: "I don’t think people here understood where I was coming from." His mother, a flamenco teacher, would dress him in his "smartest" outfit even for a trip to the local shops. This, combined with his creative sensibilities, saw him frequently bullied at the London boys' grammar school he attended.
After attending St. Anthony's RC School and Wilson's Grammar School in London, Galliano went on to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art
Tory Burch (born June 17, 1966; née Robinson) is an American fashion designer, business woman and philanthropist who was born, raised and educated in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
She attended the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she began a career working with fashion designers, including Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer. She worked at Harper's Bazaar magazine. She was a copywriter for Polo Ralph Lauren and worked for Vera Wang.
She began a fashion label in February 2004. The label was an immediate success and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey the following year. The label has stores in several large American cities and has lines that are sold in several upscale specialty department stores. Burch has won several fashion awards for her designs. The company has since grown to 36 stores, four of which are outlet stores in Woodbury Commons, NY; San Marcos, TX; Camarillo, CA; and Orlando, FL Premium Outlets. Her fashion label known as "TRB by Tory Burch"—later as "Tory Burch"—began as a business operation in her Upper East Side apartment
Elizabeth Florence Emanuel (née Weiner, born 5 July 1953) is a British fashion designer who, along with husband David Emanuel, is best known for her 1981 work for the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales. Since then Elizabeth developed her own label, worked in costume design for airlines, cinema, pop video and television productions, as well as providing a couture service to some of the world's most famous women.
Born in London to an American father Samuel Charles (Buddy) Weiner and British mother Brahna Betty Weiner. Elizabeth was educated at the City of London School for Girls and then, upon leaving school, Elizabeth took a year's foundation course at the Harrow School of Art, followed by a three year diploma course in Fashion Design.
At Harrow she met and married David Emanuel in 1976, and together they became the first married couple to be accepted by the Royal College of Art for a two year Masters degree in Fashion. Her first collection was sold exclusively at Browns.
Following the birth of their two children, Oliver and Eloise; in 1977 the couple launched their own fashion house, Emanuel Salon, in Brook Street, Mayfair. In 1979, they decided to close their ready–to–wear shop,
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent (French pronunciation: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃], August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008), was a French fashion designer, one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women, became the first designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows, and referenced non-European cultures in his work.
Three documentaries have been made about Saint Laurent's life: David Teboul's "Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times" (2002), "Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris" (2002), and Pierre Thoretton's "L'Amour Fou" (2009).
Yves Henri-Donat Matthieu-Saint Laurent was born on August 1, 1936, in Oran, Algeria, to Charles and Lucienne Andrée Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. He grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean with his two younger sisters, Michelle and Brigitte. Yves liked to create intricate paper dolls, and
Alfred Sung (born 14 June 1948) is a Chinese-born Canadian fashion designer, producing apparel, fragrance, accessories and home fashions for women and men. He was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong. Sung is the brother of late Hong Kong actress Lydia Shum.
Sung aspired to become a fine artist contrary to his parents' wishes that he pursue a traditional profession. In time, his father compromised and agreed to send him to Paris where he studied couture at the notable Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
After graduating with first-place honours, Sung moved to New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design. Upon completion, he began the task of honing his talent while working as an assistant designer for a Seventh Avenue dress manufacturer.
In 1972, Alfred Sung moved to Canada. His next step was designing for a sportswear manufacturer in Toronto's garment district. After using his fashion illustration skills to supplement his income, Sung opened a tiny shop called Moon in Toronto's trendy Yorkville neighbourhood.
In 1980, Sung joined forces with Saul and Joseph Mimran to create Monaco Group Inc., the corporate entity that would develop the Alfred Sung brand and
Keanan Duffty (born 28 April 1964) is an award winning British fashion designer and musician based in New York City. Duffty studied fashion design at 'Central St. Martin's' in London, and was awarded a first class Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Duffty has always believed that music and fashion go hand in hand. He was a founding member of the British Punk band Sordid Details along with Martin Beard (Drums), Jonathan Cameron (vocals) and Dave Huzzard (Bass). Formed in 1978 (when Keanan was 14 years old), Sordid Details built a strong reputation in the North of England and were heavily influenced by the Sex Pistols, for whom Duffty would later design stage clothes.
In 1980, Duffty formed Wonder Stories, a New Romantic group influenced by David Bowie and Roxy Music. Wonder Stories gained support from Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell and good reviews in the 'Sounds' music paper. Wonder Stories played a number of gigs during 1980 and 1981, but by 1982 Duffty had chosen to study fashion design at St Martin's School Of Art in London. Keanan also worked at PX, the signature New Romantic boutique in London and former haunt of Visage
Andrew Groves (born 27 February 1968) is a London-based English fashion designer specialising in womenswear, menswear and prints. He is currently Course Director for BA Fashion Design at the University of Westminster, where he has lectured since 2001. He also works as a creative director, stylist and writer.
Groves is remembered for his controversial catwalk shows. In the 1990s, he designed under the label "Jimmy Jumble". The confrontational themes of his collections for London Fashion Week ensured that he caught people's attention and enhanced his notoriety. His first scheduled show, "Ourselves Alone" (translated from the Gaelic "Sinn Féin") referred to The Troubles in Ireland, combining the colours of the rival factions of Irish unionists and Irish republicians. The models wore orange sashes, grey suits, and charred green taffeta, with one model apparently setting herself on fire during the show. Outside the show 30 foot burning crucifixes were erected. Another show, "Cocaine Nights", (based on J.G. Ballard's novel) had the models walking on a catwalk apparently spread with sugar-like cocaine. One dress was made of razor blades. At the time, Bill Clinton, the then President of
Born in 1964 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France, Sophie Theallet is a French fashion designer whose clients include First Lady Michelle Obama.
At 18, Sophie Theallet moved to Paris to attend the fashion design school, Studio Berçot. She graduated early after winning France's “National Young Design Award” and was hired by Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Theallet then joined Azzedine Alaïa for a decade before moving to New York. She now lives in Brooklyn Heights.
After moving to New York City, Sophie continued to work with Alaïa on a part-time basis, while also freelancing for other fashion labels.
In 2007, she launched her own label, Sophie Theallet. In 2009, she won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.
Warmenhoven & Venderbos is a Netherlands based clothing label founded in 1996 by Sascha Warmenhoven and Babette Venderbos.
The Netherlands based label is the brainchild of Sascha Warmenhoven and Babette Venderbos. The two met while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and connected through their mutual appreciation for fashion design and art. During their studies, the two individually pursued art and fashion in their own ways. A native from The Netherlands but born in Germany, Sascha Warmenhoven went on to work for major sportswear labels after graduation. During his studies, he managed to garner internships with Walter Van Beirendonck and Dirk Van Saene. Babette Venderbos, also a Native from The Netherlands interned with So by Alexander van Slobbe and worked for Maison Martin Margiela as a showroom assistant. After they maintained their relationship throughout their studies, they decided to work together and launched their first collection in 1996. From their creative visions sprouted individualistically abstract pieces of autonomic conceptual fashion and later on a pret-a-porter collection.
Warmenhoven and Venderbos started their collections that mainly consisted of
Nino Cerruti (born September 25, 1930 in Biella, Piemonte, in Italy) is an Italian businessman and stylist, among the most famous in the world.
He founded his own haute couture house Cerruti in 1967 in Paris. He manages today the Italian family business Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti founded in 1881 by his grandfather.
The head of the family woolen business after his father's untimely death. Nino's grandfather had founded a textile mill in Biella, Italy in 1881 (Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti). Drawing from his experience in producing excellent fabrics, Cerruti ventured into the production of clothing in the late 1950s. His first men's collection, Hitman, was shown in 1957 and was considered a revolution in men's wear at the time. Eventually, in 1967, the Cerruti menswear line was launched which was to be followed by a womenswear collection a year later.
The first Cerruti boutique opened in 1967 in Place de la Madeleine in Paris, where Cerruti moved the company's headquarters in order to be closer to the international fashion capital. The fabric production under the name of Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti and the Hitman label remained in Italy. Cerruti, Lanificio Cerruti of Biella and Hitman,
Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo, more commonly known as Paco Rabanne (born 18 February 1934) is a Spanish fashion designer. He fled Spain for France with his mother when the Spanish Civil War broke out. He originally had an architect's education but became known as l'enfant terrible of the French fashion world in the 1960s.
He was born 18 February 1934. Rabanne started his career in fashion by creating jewelry for Givenchy, Dior, and Balenciaga. He started his own fashion house in 1966. He used such unconventional materials as metal, paper and plastic for his outlandish and flamboyant designs.
In 1968 began the collaboration with Puig company, and as a result of it perfumes of Paco Rabanne began to be marketed. In 1976 the company built a perfume factory in Chartres, France.
Rabanne has given others the opportunity to begin their fashion careers as well. Houston based designer David Peck worked for Rabanne in Paris before launching his eponymous collection.
Paco Rabanne is known for his costume designs for such films as Barbarella. Also Françoise Hardy was a big fan of Rabanne's designs. The popular French singer Mylène Farmer continues to bring the extravagance of Paco Rabanne
Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ balmɛ̃], b. Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, 18 May 1914 – Paris, France, 29 June 1982) was a French fashion designer. Known for sophistication and elegance, he once said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement."
Balmain's father, who died when the future designer was seven years old, was the owner of a wholesale drapery business. His mother and her sisters operated a fashion boutique. Balmain studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but did not complete his studies. He spent his time there designing dresses. While attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Balmain went to Molyneux, who promised to give him a trial. Balmain then left his architectural studies to work for the fashion designer Edward Molyneux, for whom he worked from 1934 until 1939. He joined Lucien Lelong after World War II and opened his own fashion house in 1945. The house showcased long bell-shaped skirts with small waists - a line which later became popular as Dior's New Look. In 1951 he opened branches in the United States selling ready-to-wear clothes. During the 1950s, Balmain popularized the stole for day as well as evening wear and
Thierry Mugler (French pronunciation: [tjɛʁi myɡˈle]) is a French fashion designer and creator of several perfumes.
Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France on 21 December 1948. His passion led him to focus more on drawing than on school and at the age of 9, he began to study classical dance. By 14, he joined the ballet corps for the Rhin Opera (Opéra national du Rhin).
At the same time, Mugler began taking classes in interior design at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Art.
At the age of 24, Mugler decided to travel the world and left Strasbourg to go live in Paris. He began designing clothes for a small, trendy Parisian boutique by the name of "Gudule". At 26, Mugler, who was working as a freelance designer, began to work for a variety of large ready-to-wear fashion houses in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona.
In 1973 Mugler created his first personal collection called "Café de Paris". The style of the collection was both sophisticated and urban. Melka Tréanton, a powerful fashion editor, helped launched his career. In 1976, she asked him to show his work in Tokyo, for an event organized by Shiseido. In 1978 he opened his first Paris boutique at the place des Victoires (in the
Jill Stuart (born 5 January 1965) is a fashion designer. She sold her first collection of silver and leather chokers and suede fringed hobos to Bloomingdale's at 15 while still attending Manhattan's Dalton School. Jill later attended the Rhode Island School of Design.
The Jill Stuart Collection began in 1993 with accessories and innovations such as the fashion backpack, cocktail mini dresses and plaid kilt skirts. The film Clueless featured many of the designs from her first sportswear collection fueling her notoriety and international appeal.
The homes of Jill Stuart have been featured in the 20th anniversary issue of Elle Décor, Hamptons Magazine, Vogue Living, InStyle, and Teen Vogue.
The photographers who have shot the JILLSTUART image include Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, Kelly Klein, Satoshi and Mario Sorrenti. The models selected by JILLSTUART have also launched the careers of Tasha Tilberg, Jaime Rishar, Trish Goff and Gemma Ward, among many others.
Katie Gallagher (born August 15, 1986) is an American fashion designer and founder of her own brand in New York City.
Gallagher’s designs have captured the attention of Vogue Italia, Elle, Interview magazine, Refinery 29, and New York based magazines. The New York Times Style magazine “T” labeled her in 2009 as one of its “magnificent 7”, and New York magazine included her in their list of the top six New York designers. In Refinery 29, she was awarded the title of “Coolest Freshman/Best New Designer” and also identified as one of six designers to watch. Her designs have also been featured in the Avant Guardian Portfolio of Surface magazine.
In January 2010, Gallagher was named as a semi-finalist in the 2009/2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation search for emerging fashion designers.
Katie Gallagher was born in western Pennsylvania and spent her early childhood there. About her youth, Gallagher has said, “I never wore shoes, and I hated wearing clothes (but always wore my cat on my head)!" From seventh grade through high school, she lived in State College, Pennsylvania, and taught herself to sew during high school. She shopped for vintage clothes, and altered them on a little Singer
Clare Potter was a fashion designer who was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1903. In the 1930s she was one of the first American fashion designers to be promoted as an individual design talent. She has been credited as one of the inventors of American sportswear. Based in Manhattan, she continued designing through the 1940s and 1950s. Her clothes were renowned for being elegant, but easy-to-wear and relaxed, and for their distinctive use of colour. She founded a ready-to-wear fashion company in Manhattan named Timbertop in 1948, and in the 1960s she also established a wholesale company to manufacture fashions. Potter was one of the seventeen women gathered together by Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of Vogue to form the Fashion Group International, Inc., in 1928.
Born Clare Meyer in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, she studied at the Art Students League of New York and began her studies at the Pratt Institute of Design in fine arts. After seeing clothes that Potter designed and made for herself, the director of the Pratt Institute recommended that she study costume design.
Before her graduation she left Pratt to work for Edward L. Mayer, a wholesale
Irene Lentz (December 8, 1900 – November 15, 1962), also known as Irene, was an American costume designer. Her work as a clothing designer in Los Angeles led to her career as a costume designer for films in the 1930s. Lentz also worked under the name Irene Gibbons.
Born in Baker, Montana, Lentz started out as an actress under her birth name, appearing in secondary roles in silent films beginning with Mack Sennett in 1921. She played ingenue parts opposite Sennett's leading comedians, Ben Turpin and Billy Bevan. Lentz was directed in her first film by Sennett's production chief, F. Richard Jones; their professional relationship matured into a personal one. They had been married for less than a year when Jones succumbed to tuberculosis in 1930.
Lentz had been taught sewing as a child and with a flair for style, she decided to open a small dress shop. The success of her designs in her tiny store eventually led to an offer from the Bullocks Wilshire luxury department store to design for their Ladies Custom Salon which catered to a wealthy clientele including a number of Hollywood stars.
Lentz's designs at Bullocks gained her much attention in the film community and she was contracted
Sonia Rykiel née Flis (French pronunciation: [sɔn.ja ʁi.kjɛl]; born 25 May 1930 in Paris) is a French fashion designer.
Ethnically a Russian-Romanian Jew, Sonia Rykiel was born in Neuilly, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France, the eldest of five daughters of a Russian mother and a Romanian father. At the age of 17, she was employed to dress the window displays in a Parisian textile store. In 1953 Sonia married Sam Rykiel, owner of a boutique selling elegant clothing. In 1962, she couldn't find any soft sweaters to wear when she was pregnant, so she used a supplier to her husband from Venice to design her own.
Sonia Rykiel thereafter created her first maternity dresses and a tiny sweater, called the Poor Boy Sweater, which she started selling from her husband's label "Laura". The Poor Boy Sweater made the cover of ELLE fashion magazine, and brought Rykiel fame; because of it, she was crowned "Queen of Knits" by the Americans in 1967.
Since then, she has continued to experiment to expand her offerings. She later became the first designer to put seams on the outside of a garment, and to print words on her sweaters. In particular, she favours long clinging sweaters or
Stefano Pilati (born 1965) is an Italian fashion designer. Since 2002, he has been the head designer of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.
Having seen his hometown grow into a fashion hotspot in the 1980s, Pilati gave up his course to qualify as a land surveyor, joined the fashion house Cerruti as an intern, and emerged without a doubt in his mind that his future lay in the industry he saw thriving. He has thus decided to embrace Milan's fashion scene and set out to learn everything there was to know about ready-to-wear apparel materials and production. A velvet manufacturer offered him his first job. A few months later, Pilati was designing that company's entire collection, and presenting it to Europe's leading ready-to-wear names.
The fashion house Giorgio Armani hired him as an assistant in its men's ready-to-wear department in 1993, and the fashion house Prada asked Pilati to run its fabric research and development in 1995.
In 1998, he was promoted to assistant designer at Miu Miu, a brand of Prada, working on men's and women's ready-to-wear clothing and reporting directly to Miuccia Prada.
In 2000, Pilati joined fashion house Yves Saint Laurent to run its ready-to-wear
Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (born Lillian Lee McKim on November 10, 1931), better known as Lilly Pulitzer, is a socialite and fashion designer. She is known for founding Lilly Pulitzer, Inc., which produces clothing and other wares featuring bright, colorful, floral prints. Because the brand has been very popular with high society, Lilly has been called the "Queen of Prep".
Lillian Lee McKim, nicknamed Lilly, was born to socialites Robert V. McKim and Lillian McKim (née Bostwick) in Roslyn, New York on November 10, 1931. She was the middle child, with older sister Mary Maude (called Memsey) and younger sister Florence Fitch (Flossie). Her mother, Lillian, was an heir to the Standard Oil fortune. Lillian divorced Robert and re-married Ogden Phipps in 1937.
Lilly attended the Chapin School in New York City, along with Bouvier sister Jacqueline Lee. In 1949, she graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She attended the college-finishing school Finch College in New York City, but left after one semester to work as a midwife's assistant in West Virginia and as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in The Bronx.
In 1950, she eloped with Herbert (Peter) Pulitzer Jr.,
Daniel Hechter (born 30 July 1938) is a French fashion designer, sometimes referred to as the inventor of Pret-a-Porter or ready-to-wear.
Daniel Hechter was born in Paris, France, in a family who owned a ready-to-wear company. As such, Hechter was brought up in an environment sympathetic to fashion. At the age of four, he was forced to flee from Paris with his mother and did not see his father, a prisoner of war, until he was seven. He married Marika Hechter; they have a daughter, Hechter then married Jennifer Chambon in 1980. He served in the French Army from 1958–60.
Hechter completed his secondary education and worked as a storekeeper to a fashion house until 1955. By 1956, Louis Féraud and Jacques Esterel were selling Hechter's designs, and he worked for designer Pierre d'Alby from 1958. Hechter founded the Daniel Hechter Company in 1962 with friend Armand Ornstein. His stated goal was to offer wearable yet high-quality, creative fashion for a wide range of consumer groups. Over time he expanded his company, developing it into an international label that encompasses seven different collections. Brigitte Bardot helped bring his designs to a wider audience when she wore one of
House Of Flora (founded 1996) is an established British fashion label and design house founded by its head designer Flora McLean (born 2 April 1971). McLean’s range of hats, jewellery, clothes and accessories are exhibited twice yearly in the London and Paris Fashion Shows. The design house produces commercial collections for stores worldwide but McLean is more notable as a designer who produces haute couture millinery for other established designers such as Givenchy, Katherine Hamnett, Caroline Cornu, Bruce Oldfield and Matthew Williamson, and her work has featured on fashion runways around the world.
House Of Flora/McLean's designs have been exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the Anthology of Hats exhibition curated by millinery doyen Stephen Jones. Jones, considered 'one of the world's most radical and important milliners of the late 20th and early 21st centuries', chose the work of Mclean and four other designers Piers Atkinson, Nasir Mazhar, Justin Smith and Noel Stewart.
Of Mclean and her contemporaries, Jones said:
"Today we did Millinery In Motion. And it was myself introducing five young designers, these are the people on the vanguard of
Mainbocher is a fashion label founded by the American couturier Main Rousseau Bocher (October 24, 1890 - December 27, 1976), also known as Mainbocher. Established in 1929, the house of Mainbocher successfully operated in Paris (1929-1939) and then in New York (1940-1971). Although often pronounced "Man-bo-shay," the designer's name is pronounced "Maine-Bocker."
Main Bocher was a native of Chicago, where he studied art at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He served in the Army in the World War I and stayed on in Paris after the war, working as a fashion illustrator for Harper's Bazaar, as Paris fashion editor for Vogue (1922-1929), and eventually became the editor-in-chief of the French edition of Vogue in early 1927. Main Bocher's decision to become a couturier grew out of his years as editor at Vogue; he realized that his critical eye and his feeling for fashion might also serve him as a designer.
In November 1929, Main Bocher fused his own name, in honor of his favorite couturiers, Augustabernard and Louiseboulanger, and established his own fashion house, incorporated as "Mainbocher Couture," at 12 Avenue George V in Paris.
Nicolas Felizola is a Venezuelan-born Miami-based Haute Couture designer, photographer, painter, singer and lawyer. In a fashion designer career spanning over 8 years, he has won multiple awards including Mexico's Universal Excellence Award, Italy's Zanetti Murano Award, and the Best Design Award in Miami Fashion Week 2008.
Born into a prominent family in Venezuela, Felizola grew up hearing about and watching films of famous Mexican movie star of the 1950s María Félix. She is the inspiration for the Enamorada collection.
Nicolas Felizola maintains very friendly relationships with many prominent Mexican stars such as: Patricia Manterola, Jacqueline Bracamonte and Susana González.
Also Despierta America anchor, Venezuelan Chiquinquira Delgado.
Nicolas Felizola was selected to design the evening dress that Miss Universe Japan 2009, Emiri Miyasaka, wore during the contest.
Felizola, as a designer, has produced the following collections:
Felizola debuted his spring/summer 2008 collection during Haute Lunch, a charity luncheon benefiting the AROD Family Foundation, hosted by "It" baseball player of the year, Alex Rodriguez and his wife, Cynthia. When asked about this collection, Felizola
Elaine Klimaszewski is a model and is one half of the Coors Light Twins with sister Diane. She is also an actress and was briefly a member of WCW's Nitro Girls.
Elaine Klimaszewski started acting in 1991 in Problem Child 2. She also has a modeling career that helped her and her identical twin Diane model for Maxim magazine in 2002, and become the Coors Light Twins in 2004.
In 2000, she was briefly a member of WCW's Nitro Girls as Nitro Girl Silver. Recently, the sisters have appeared as regular cast members on Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge, as the Big Time Twins.
She and her sister Diane had a guest appearance in the movie Scary Movie 4 as the Coors Light Twins.
They also run their own fashion line, ZipperGirl.
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Jeffrey Sebelia (born May 30, 1970) is an American fashion designer and founder of the clothing label Cosa Nostra, which he headed from a loft on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is best known as the winner of the third season of American reality show Project Runway.
In the early 1990s, along with Mike Coulter, John Rozas and Antonia Scarpa, Sebelia was a member of the band Lifter, which was signed by Interscope Records. They had a minor radio hit with the song "402," but they disbanded. Lifter's song "Swing" was featured in Jeffrey's runway show at Olympus Fashion Week.
After a successful drug rehabilitation at the age of 31, Sebelia enrolled in sewing classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. It was there that he immediately fell in love with design, and shortly after he started the clothing line Cosa Nostra. Among his celebrity clients are Dave Navarro, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Madonna, and Tommy Lee. The Cosa Nostra label is available in about twenty stores worldwide.
In the spring of 2006, Sebelia auditioned for the Bravo series Project Runway after seeing the success his friend, former contestant Santino Rice,
Jean Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24th Of April 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French haute couture fashion designer. Gaultier was the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. In the past, he has hosted the television series Eurotrash.
Gaultier never received formal training as a designer. Instead, he started sending sketches to famous couture stylists at an early age. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970. Afterwards he worked with Jacques Esterel in 1971 and Jean Patou later that year, then returning to manage the Pierre Cardin boutique in Manila for a year in 1974.
His first individual collection was released in 1976 and his characteristic irreverent style dates from 1981, and he has long been known as the enfant terrible of French fashion. Many of Gaultier's following collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his Haute Couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful.
Although most people found his designs decadent at the time, fashion editors, notably Melka Tréanton of Elle, Claude Brouet and Catherine Lardeur of
Malan Breton (born June 16, 1973) is a Taiwanese born actor, fashion designer, photographer, singer, dancer, costumer, columnist, producer, director, & media personality, based in New York City. "Malan Breton" also refers to his brands of apparel, and accessories.
Breton was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Breton is self taught and never went to design school. He began designing at the age of eleven but grew up, as a performer, in the entertainment industry.
In 1996, as a model, Breton moved to New York after a request by Versus and KCD to cast for the New York fashion week Spring 1997 Collection shows at 7th on Sixth. As a model, Breton was photographed by top photographers and directors Len Prince, Hype Williams, Thom Oliphant, Joseph Kahn to name a few. Breton in 1998 was featured in David Barton Gym's "Look Better Naked" campaign, photographed by Len Prince.
Living in New York, Breton got his start (in fashion) as a stylist for Barney's. His clients included Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, and Linda Evangelista. As Breton worked with these stars, he eventually fell into the design world.
Breton studied at Circle in the Square theatre school on Broadway. Breton performed on Broadway at the
Nikola Eftimov (Macedonian: Никола Ефтимов, born 6 October 1968 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia) is a Macedonian fashion designer and visual artist. He graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje (Graphic Art and Fashion Design, 1993) and completed the master studies at Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy (Fashion as Art, “The Eccentric male costume in the last three centuries”, 1998). After the three years working experience (2006–09) as an academic manager and professor at Accademia Italiana Skopje, currently he is occupied with the researches for his PhD thesis. In October 2009 he started to teach at the Faculty for Art and Design, European University-Republic of Macedonia. He has a wide range of professional interests (fashion as art, fashion as communication, theory and history of costume and fashion, experimental fashion techniques, men’s wear, theory of collection, haute couture, photography) and his work is focused on research of gender, cultural and social issues of the costume and fashion. From 1994 to 1997 he participates in group exhibitions of graphic art and drawing (1997, Macedonian Drawing ’96 - Award from the National and University Library Skopje). The
Alberta Ferretti (Cattolica, 1950) is an Italian fashion designer and dressmaker. She designs for Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. Her showroom is in Milan, Italy but her studio is in the picturesque village of Cattolica, near Rimini, Italy.
In 1968, Alberta Ferretti opened her first little boutique, called Jolly, in Cattolica. She designed a first collection in 1973 and was co–founder of Aeffe (a clothing manufacturer and distributor) in 1976. She began showing seasonal collections on runways of Milan, Italy, in 1981. She launched Ferretti Jeans Philosophy in 1989, renamed Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti in 1994. In 1994 she renovated a 13th–century castle into the Palazzo Viviani hotel in Montegridolfo.
In October 1993 Ferretti presented clothes reminiscent of The Great Gatsby for the Milan ready-to-wear shows. One of her designs was a long and trim gingham dress, in pale blue. A flapper showed a beige crocheted dress styled just above the knee. Her renditions of the toga for the production were diverse. They were simple gowns, some of them short, others long and draped.
Ferretti extended her the breadth of her company outside of Italy beginning with the
Christopher Cortez is a multi-disciplinary designer, whose innate curiosity and intuition has compelled him to explore new ways of thinking and has served to define his work philosophy and approach. The foundation of Chris’s work is rooted in non-verbal communication and blends the languages of fashion, graphic design, architecture, music and photography.
In addition to Christopher’s current responsibilities as a men’s footwear designer at Tommy Hilfiger, USA, he is also involved in Cortez Groupe, the graphic design firm founded in 2006. Cortez Groupe is an entrepreneurial network of innovators and thought leaders with expertise in a variety of creative disciplines. His best experiences emerged from collaborations with interior projects at Brioni and Mason Fisk (Williamsburg condo development). His firm also just redesigned Magave Tequila, an award winning tequila from California.
Out of 11,000 applicants Christopher was chosen to appear on “The Cut”, a primetime reality show produced by Tommy Hilfiger to discover “The Next Great American Designer”. After being awarded the title, Christopher was hired as head menswear designer to create a new label. During his four seasons with the
Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske in Forest Hills, Queens, USA, the daughter of Helen (née Richie), a salesperson and model, and Gabby Faske, a haberdasher. She grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, New York, with her stepfather and her mother. Karan started selling clothing on Cedarhurst, New York's Central Avenue at age 14.
She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design.
After leaving college, Karan worked for Anne Klein, eventually becoming head of the Anne Klein design-team, where she remained until 1985, when she launched her eponymous Donna Karan label.
Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house. In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation,
Marjan Pejoski (Macedonian: Марјан Пејоски) is a Macedonian fashion designer who lives and works in Great Britain. He is mainly known for designing Björk's iconic swan dress, which the singer wore many times: on the Vespertine album cover, for the Vespertine Tour, for the 2000 Cannes Festival and for the 2001 Academy Awards.
In 2004, Pejoski designed the costumes for Misia's dome tour, The Tour of Misia 2004 Mars & Roses.
Anand Jon Alexander (born November 28, 1973), know simply as Anand Jon; is a fashion designer who appeared on America's Next Top Model and rose to fame in the fashion industry prior to being indicted and convicted of multiple counts of sex crimes against aspiring models.
Jon was born in Kerala, India and came to the U.S. to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and later at Parsons The New School for Design. He sold collections at a variety of stores including Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, and Luisa Via Roma in Florence, Italy. His clothes had been modeled by and designed for celebrities like Paris Hilton, Rosario Dawson, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Oprah Winfrey, and Janet Jackson. His style was primarily known for its specific detail and Indian influence.
Jon was arrested in March 2007 in Beverly Hills, California on rape and related charges, based on the allegations of numerous aspiring models, including committing lewd conduct upon a minor. Later, the prosecutor added 15 additional felony counts as the investigation expanded. Jon was required to surrender his passport to authorities and was not allowed to leave the U.S. He
Hedi Slimane (French pronunciation: [eˈdi sliˈman]; born July 5, 1968) is a fashion designer. From 2000 to 2007, he held the position of creative director for Dior Homme (the menswear line of Christian Dior). He is currently the creative director for Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent).
Born to an Italian mother and a Tunisian father in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.
From 1992 to 1995, Slimane assisted fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart on the centenary of the project "monogram canvas" of Louis Vuitton. The project invited seven fashion designers - Azzedine Alaia, Helmut Lang, Sybilla, Manolo Blahnik, Isaac Mizrahi, Romeo Gigli, and Vivienne Westwood - to reinterpret the monogram canvas in celebration of its longevity.
In 1996, Pierre Bergé installed Slimane in
Jean Elizabeth Muir, CBE, FCSD (July 17, 1928 - May 28, 1995) was an English fashion designer (though she herself preferred to be called a dressmaker).
Jean Muir was born in London, the daughter of Cyril Muir, a draper's floor superintendent, and his wife, Phyllis Coy. Her father was an Aberdonian, and Muir would attribute her creative pragmatism and self-discipline to this Scottish ancestry. Her parents separated while she was still a child, and she and her brother Christopher were brought up in Bedford by their mother.
She was educated at the Bedford Girls' Modern School (now known as the Dame Alice Harpur School) in Bedford. While she was academically unimpressive, she showed a precocious talent for needlework, claiming to have been able to knit, embroider, and sew by the age of six.
At the age of seventeen, she left school and went to work at an electoral registration office at Bedford Town Hall. She then moved to London, where she worked briefly in a solicitor's office before taking a stockroom job at Liberty & Co in 1950. She worked her way upwards to selling over the counter, and then despite her lack of formal art college training, was given the opportunity to sketch in
Jean Patou (pronounced: [ʒɑ̃ pa.tu]; 19 August 1880 - 8 March 1936) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Jean Patou brand.
Patou was born in Normandy, France in 1880. Patou's family's business was tanning and furs. Patou worked with his uncle in Normandy, then moved to Paris in 1910, intent on becoming a couturier.
In 1912, he opened a small dressmaking salon called "Maison Parry". His entire 1914 collection was purchased by a single American buyer. Patou's work as was interrupted by World War I. He was mobilised in August 1914, shorty after the German invasion of Belgium. Patou served as a Captain in the Zouaves Reopening his couture house in 1919, he became known for eradicating the flapper look by lengthening the skirt and designing sportswear for women and is considered the inventor of the knitted swimwear and the tennis skirt. He, notably, designed the then-daring sleeveless and knee-length cut tennis wear for Suzanne Lenglen. He also was the first designer to popularize the cardigan and moved fashion towards the natural and comfortable.
Jean Patou is credited with inventing the "designer tie" in the 1920s when men's ties, made in the same fabric as the women's
Marcello Gandini is an Italian car designer, widely known for his work with the automotive design house Gruppo Bertone, notably his design of the Lamborghini Countach. Gandini belongs to a triumvirate, along with Giorgetto Giugiaro and Leonardo Fioravanti, of noted Italian car designers, all born in 1938, within months of each other. Gandini currently continues to work on automotive and aviation design.
In a 2009 interview with Robert Cumberford, editor at Automobile Magazine, Gandini indicated "his design interests are focused on vehicle architecture, construction, assembly, and mechanisms - not appearance." Gandini was one of twenty-five designers nominated for Car Designer of the Century.
The son of an orchestra conductor, Gandini was born in Turin, Italy on August 26, 1938.
In 1963, Gandini approached Nuccio Bertone, head of the Gruppo Bertone company, however Giorgetto Giugiaro, then Bertone's chief designer, refused to work with him. When Giugiaro left Bertone two years later, Gandini was hired, and worked for the company for fourteen years.
Creator of Stile Bertone in Caprie, Gandini served as general manager of the styling house, designing show cars as well as managing the
Phoebe Philo (born in Paris in 1973) is a British fashion designer and the Creative Director of Céline. Philo is also known for her work at Chloé.
Philo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1996, a year after Stella McCartney. She began working for Chloé in 1997 as Stella McCartney's design assistant, succeeding her as Creative Director in 2001, after the Gucci Group offered McCartney the opportunity to launch her own label. Philo claims that she learned a lot about design from McCartney, with many claiming that Philo added a "street sensibility" to McCartney's designs. Philo resigned from her role at Chloé on January 5, 2006. Her reasons for leaving included a desire to spend more time with her family.
Like McCartney, Philo is a vegetarian and will not work with fur, but whereas McCartney (a strict vegetarian) will not work with leather either, Philo will. But Celine, where Phoebe Philo still works, began to use fur in their Fall/Winter 2012 collection.
Philo has, at times, been credited with making Chloé "cool", as it had been in the late-1960s and 1970s under Karl Lagerfeld.
Some of the 'It' items produced by Chloé under Phoebe Philo include high-waisted jeans and babydoll
Pierre Cardin (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ kaʁdɛ̃]), born Pietro Cardin, is an Italian-born French fashion designer who was born on 2 July 1922, at San Biagio di Callalta near Treviso.
Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the "bubble dress" in 1954.
Pierre Cardin was also designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.
On 16 October 2009, Pierre Cardin was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Cardin was educated in central France. Beginning his career early, Cardin, aged 14, worked as a clothier’s apprentice, learning the basics of fashion design and construction. In 1939, he left home to work for a tailor in Vichy, where he began making suits for women. During WWII, he worked in the Red Cross, launching humanitarian interests that continue to this day.
Cardin moved to Paris in 1945. There, he studied architecture and worked with the fashion house of Paquin after the war. He worked with Elsa Schiaparelli until he became
Sang A Im-Propp (任常儿, original- Yim Sang Ah, born February 25, 1973) is a former Korean pop star turned designer of handbags, based in Soho in New York City.
Im-Propp first launched her collection of skin and leather accessories in Spring 2006.
Prior to the launch of SANG A in Spring 2006, Im-Propp spent two years researching, sourcing, and designing her collection. Her exotic skins, such as antiqued-finish alligator, hand-waxed rustic python, and silky lizard, are handpicked from the European tanneries. Her bags are praised as timeless and edgy. Celebrities carrying her handbags include Mischa Barton, Freida Pinto, and Jessica Simpson. They have been used in the television shows Gossip Girl and Lipstick Jungle.
In November 2007, Im-Propp was awarded the Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award in Seoul, South Korea.
Her use of exotic skins and materials include alligator, crocodile, python, ostrich, lizard, stingray, woven eel and fur. She also works with leather in a variety of styles.
For Spring 2011, Sang A used Perch fish leather for some of the new bag styles. This makes her one of the first luxury high-fashion designers to use what is called an eco-friendly material.
Sarah Jane Burton, OBE (née Heard, born 1974) is an English fashion designer, currently creative director of fashion brand Alexander McQueen. She designed Catherine Middleton's wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April 2011.
Burton was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, one of five children of Anthony and Diana Heard. She attended Withington Girls' School in Manchester. After completing an art foundation course at Manchester Polytechnic, and opting to pursue fashion over studies in fine art, she studied Print Fashion at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. During her third year she was interviewed for a year's placement at Alexander McQueen at the suggestion of her tutor Simon Ungless, a friend of McQueen's. She joined the company for a year as an intern, when the company was based in a tiny studio in Hoxton Square.
On graduation in 1997, she joined the company full-time as McQueen's personal assistant. Burton was appointed Head of Womenswear in 2000, during which time she created dresses for Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. Following McQueen's death in February 2010, and after company owner
Tamara Mellon, OBE is the former Chief Creative Office and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, a luxury brand that offers designer shoes, handbags and a range of accessories . She stepped down from the brand in November 2011.
Mellon was born in London, on 7 July 1967, the daughter of Tom Yeardye, a successful entrepreneur and Ann (Davis) Yeardye, a former Chanel model. She was educated in Berkshire at Heathfield St Mary's School, in Beverly Hills and in Switzerland.
Mellon began her career at Phyllis Walters Public Relations, Mirabella, and followed as accessories editor for British Vogue in 1990.
Recognizing the potential for development of high-end designer accessories, Mellon approached bespoke shoe-maker Mr Jimmy Choo with the idea of launching a ready-to-wear shoe company. As co-founder of the Jimmy Choo Company, Tamara secured funding from her father, for the creation of her business, and sourced factories in Italy. In addition, she set up an office in Italy to handle production, quality control and shipping. By 2001, Jimmy Choo had over 100 wholesale clients including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and the collections accounted for over 50% of the
Cynthia Rowley (born 29 July 1958) is an American fashion designer based in the West Village of New York City.
A native of Barrington, Illinois (an affluent northwestern suburb of Chicago), she is one of three children born to Ed Rowley, a former science teacher, and his wife, Clementine. She graduated from Barrington High School (1976) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1981).
Known for what The New York Times has called "flirty, vibrantly colored dresses and tops in wispy materials" that have "a whiff of the carefree, simple spirit" of Claire McCardell, Rowley launched her business in 1981 or 1983 with $3,000 in seed money from one of her grandmothers. "Several months later, she held a fashion show in her apartment, inviting every important fashion editor in New York, as well as Andy Warhol and a smattering of movie stars -- none of whom she knew and none of whom attended."
Since then the Cynthia Rowley Collection, incorporated in 1988, has grown to include women's wear, shoes, handbags, eyewear, belts, dishes, legwear, hats, color cosmetics, and fragrance. Rowley introduced menswear in 1998 as well as a women's secondary line, Rowley by Cynthia Rowley, both licensed
Jared Gold (born 2 May 1972 in Idaho) is a fashion designer of avant-garde American Gothic fashion.
Gold grew up in Idaho Falls and was already a child piano prodigy long before he discovered fashion design. In 1990 he attended the Piano Conservatory of Hawaii for a year and soon after took up the harpsichord. Gold trained at Los Angeles' Otis Parson's School of Design. Gold is lead designer for his clothing company Black Chandelier. Gold has been creating fashion for men women and children since 1992, and shows his collections at events in Los Angeles as well as New York City. His collections are based in antiquated imagery, and use Victorian sewing details. Gold is the originator of the jewelled Giant Madagascar Hissing cockroach worn as jewelry known as the "Roach Brooch."
Jared Gold's Czarina fashion show on March 14, 2008 was well reviewed in The Daily Titan, the student newspaper of Cal State Fullerton, which said Gold made the runway his "playground." In May 2006, he appeared as a guest judge on America's Next Top Model, in an episode that also featured his cockroach jewelry. In March 2009 Gold appeared as a special guest judge on Germany's Next Topmodel, hosted by Heidi
Anna Sui (born August 4, 1964) is an American fashion designer. Sui is one of the most celebrated names in fashion history, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally inspired collections. She was named one of the "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade" and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), joining the ranks of Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Diane von Furstenberg. Her worldwide luxury fashion brand includes clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eye-wear, and accessories, as well as her renowned line of signature fragrances. Anna Sui products are sold through her free-standing stores and distributors around the world in over 50 countries. In 2006, Fortune estimated the collective value of Sui's fashion empire at over $400 million.
Sui was born on August 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan to French-educated Chinese emigrants. By the time she was four years old, Sui knew she wanted to be a designer. As a teen, she read an article in Life Magazine about a girl who graduated from Parsons design school in New York and then moved to Paris- where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard
Christian Audigier,(French pronunciation: [k?istj?~ odi?je]) born on May 21, 1958 in Avignon (Vaucluse), is a French fashion designer and entrepreneur, living in the United States. In 2010, his fortune was estimated at 250 million dollars.
Christian Audigier was raised by his mother in Southern France; coming from a modest family, he leaves school at the age of 14 to start working. He soon realized his passion for James Dean and the American dream; He eventually infiltrates into Saint-Tropez nightlife and became friends with Johnny Hallyday. Keys-in-hand, Christian Audigier organizes parties for the latter in his famous Villa La Lorada.
In 2000 Christian Audigier started a new life in Los Angeles with 500 dollars in his pocket. Once in Hollywood, he would meet several celebrities (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Usher, Madonna, among others) and built up a renowned clientele. He popped up with the “Celebrity Wear” concept, a concept which would make him famous later. He paid paparazzi to photograph stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake or Madonna walking out of his shop on Melrose Avenue wearing
Christian Louboutin (pronounced [kʁis.tjɑ̃ lu.bu.tɛ̃]; b. 7 January 1963) is a French footwear designer whose footwear has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature.
Louboutin was born and raised in Paris's 12th arrondissement. He was the only son of Roger, an ébeniste (cabinet-maker), and Irene, a homemaker, his parents are European French and he has three sisters. Louboutin said in a 2012 interview that he was "much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family. You know, I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs." In the same interview he also recounted an incident where his dark European looks were the focus of racial hatred. One day he was out with a friend "in leopard, with high heels who was half-Spanish, half-Vietnamese". Louboutin, needed to use a restaurant toilet. "The staff went crazy! One guy grabbed my friend by her hair and started calling her a "little bitch". I took my fist to him,
Col. Littleton (born December 15, 1943) is an American fashion designer and business proprietor, best known for his Col. Littleton brand of upscale leather goods, apparel and specialty products − most handmade in his Lynnville, TN workshop by local craftsmen. His designs are sold through his Americana Collection catalog and in over 800 stores worldwide.
Col. Littleton was born Garry Allen Littleton in Camden, Tennessee to Avery (née Allen) and Lester Coleman Littleton, a millwright and carpenter.
His mother died shortly after his birth and he was initially raised by his grandparents, in Holladay, TN, while his father sought work in east Tennessee. His grandparents, father and stepmother Martha Littleton (née Beech) instilled in him a strong work ethic and foundation of Biblical principles (he teaches a young adults Sunday school class at his local Church of Christ) and he often references those early life lessons in civic talks and incorporates them in his business conduct.
He graduated from Bellevue High School in Nashville, TN, attended David Lipscomb University and later served in the US Coast Guard. He married Norma Ann (Susie) Hobbs in 1975. He worked at Tom James Co., where
Gianni Versace (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanni verˈsaːtʃe]; December 2, 1946 – July 15, 1997) was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Gianni Versace S.p.A., an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films, and was a friend of Madonna, Elton John, Cher, Sting, and Diana, Princess of Wales among many others. Openly gay, Versace and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. Versace was murdered outside his Miami Beach home, the former Casa Casuarina now known as "The Villa By Barton G.", at the age of 50 by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.
Gianni Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on December 2, 1946, where he grew up with his older brother Santo and younger sister Donatella, along with their father and dressmaker mother, Francesca. An older sister, Tina, died at the age of 12 from an improperly treated tetanus infection.
Versace began his apprenticeship at a young age, helping his mother find precious stones and gold braid with which to embroider dresses. He studied architecture before moving to Milan at the age of
Marc Eckō (born August 29, 1972) is an American fashion designer, entrepreneur, investor, artist, and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Eckō Enterprises, a billion-dollar global fashion and lifestyle company. He is also founder of Artists and Instigators, a venture innovation company, and a partner at SeventySix Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund.
Marc Ecko was born Marc Louis Milecofsky in New Jersey in 1972. He was brought up with his twin Marci and an older sister, Shari, in suburban Lakewood, New Jersey, where his father was a pharmacist and his mother was a real estate broker. The siblings attended local public schools.
In his teenage years, Ecko turned his parents’ garage into a design studio and showroom, creating and marketing t-shirts with his own designs, customizing hip-hop clothing, and airbrushing girls’ fingernails.
Ecko entered Rutgers University’s School of Pharmacy after high school. During his time in college he dabbled in graffiti and became absorbed in drawing, taking “Ecko” for his tag. In his third year, the school’s dean encouraged Ecko to take a year off and pursue his dream. “You don’t want to be 40 with
Wilbert Das is a Dutch fashion designer.
Wilbert Das was born in 1963 and spent his formative years working on his parents dairy farm in the small village of Riethoven in the South of Holland. At age 19 he left Riethoven to study fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem, where he received his diploma in 1988. Intrigued by the revolution that was taking place in Italian fashion, after graduating from Arnhem Das travelled to Italy for an interview with clothing manufacturer Renzo Rosso, the owner of the fashion brand Diesel). Das was offered a job on the spot and started working at Diesel that day in the role of assistant male designer on the Male, Accessories, Leather and Kids lines, but was soon directing the entire style office. In 1993 Das was recognized with the title of Creative Director, with broad responsibilities ranging from directing all clothing & accessory design to overseeing advertising and communications, retail and interior design, merchandising as direction of events and fashion shows.
During Das's early years with Diesel, the company became most famous for its denim collections. Throughout this time Diesel pioneered many techniques to age jeans and give
Beth Levine (December 31, 1914 - September 20, 2006) was an American fashion designer most known for her designs from the 1940s through the 1970s.
Under the Herbert Levine label, bearing the name of her husband, Herbert Levine, Beth was the best-known American women's shoe designer from the 1950s to the early 1970s, and is still referred to as "The first Lady of American Shoes Design" ().
She was born as Elizabeth Katz in Patchogue, New York, the third of five children of Anna and Israel Katz, Lithuanian Jewish emigrants who operated a dairy farm. In the 1930s, she moved to Manhattan and found work as a shoe model, then worked her way up from a stylist to head designer for I. Miller. She served as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II.
She met Herbert Levine when she applied for a job designing shoes for another shoe manufacturer in 1944 and married him three months later. In 1948, they founded together the Herbert Levine label. He was head of the firm, and this gave her designs the chance to come to center stage.
Beth Levine's greatest influence is considered to be the re-introduction of boots to women's fashion in the 1960s and the popularization of the shoe style known as
Frank Mechaly (born May 9, 1975) in Marseille, France and raised in St. Tropez, is a world-renowned jeans designer and brand maker, specializing in premium denim. Though he has successfully launched a number of brands including Sacred Blue and Blue Cult, he is probably best known as the founder and creator of 575 DENIM (now being renamed May75 brand) which has been embraced by celebrities such as Cameron Diaz who made a point of publicly acknowledging her affinity for the jeans during an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Mechaly has now launched his much-anticipated new brand of premium denim called RockStar.
Coming from a family with a deeply rooted history in the trade, Frank’s grandfather used to import Levis jeans into Morocco in the 50s. His father David Mechaly was the original creator and manufacturer of the legendary 70s brand MacKeen, which was the only premium denim brand with similar international recognition as Levis but started in the south of France. MacKeen did open offices in the U.S. and was worn by original cast members of Charlie’s Angels (ironically Cameron Diaz who embraced Frank Mechaly’s 575 DENIM jeans also starred in the modern remake of Charlie’s Angels
John Fluevog is a Canadian shoe designer. His shoes are noted for their progressive, art deco inspired styles. His shoes often include messages—for instance, "Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan" -- engraved into the soles.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Fluevog spent much of his youth at his father's drive-in ice cream parlour. During this time, he developed a passion for cars, which in turn has provided inspiration for many of his shoe designs. As his company's website declares, "When he's drawing a shoe, he's thinking about a car and, when he's drawing a car, he's thinking about a shoe".
After spending a summer hitchhiking the west coast, Fluevog returned to Vancouver and began working for Sheppard's Shoes. In 1970, he joined forces with fellow co-worker Peter Fox to start their own shoestore in Vancouver's Gastown. The partnership, known as "Fox and Fluevog", lasted over ten years before the two split amicably in 1981. In 1985, Fluevog opened his own store in Seattle, financed in part by the sale of his car.
During the 1980s, Fluevog was the first to import Dr. Marten shoes into North America. By the 1990s, Fluevog had opened five privately owned and operated
Joyce Michel (born Joyce Marie Kmiecik on June 22, 1951) is an American fashion designer, inventor and business executive. She has collaborated on a variety of fashion projects for various fashion companies as head designer and creative director for over 20 plus years. Michel helms her own label fashion house, Joyce Michel New York, that produces a line of apparel for women, men and children.
Joyce Marie Kmiecik was the first of nine children born to John Adam Kmiecik and Therese Joyce McGuiness. Her eight siblings include: Joan, John, Jacqueline, Julie, Jean, Jennifer, Joseph, and Jerome. Joyce graduated from Sam Houston High School (SHHS) in 1969. It was the loss of the school uniform that prompted Michel to learn to sew and tailor from her godmother, Verona Orlando, when she transferred from private school to public. At SHHS Joyce was lauded for designing the cheerleader uniforms.
In 1969 Joyce entered St. Thomas University in Houston on scholarship, then transferred to the University of Texas for two years. She was selected as one of eight people to be trained for a new profession that came to be known as Physician Assistants. Joyce later began work on a PhD/MD at Louisiana
Lubov Azria (born November 8, 1967) is an American fashion designer of Ukrainian descent. Azria is currently the Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house with over 20 brands.
Lubov Azria was born on November 8, 1967, in Kiev, Ukraine. Growing up as an only child, Azria studied ballet from an early age and eventually trained with the renowned Bolshoi Ballet youth division.
In 1980 her parents relocated to San Antonio, Texas, USA, where Azria further explored her passion for the arts. In 1986 Azria moved to Los Angeles, California, where she obtained a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Azria joined BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP in 1991 after a mutual friend referred her to the company's founder, and her future husband, Max Azria. As chief creative officer, Azria leads the company's design team and oversees marketing and merchandising for the group's 20-plus labels, which include the core brand BCBGMAXAZRIA and the high fashion labels BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway, Hervé Léger and Max Azria. Of her close working relationship with her husband, Azria explains, "We're a great combo. Max is the visionary, and I'm more detail-oriented. It creates the
Rad Hourani is a fashion designer born in 1982 in Jordan from a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother. When he was 16 years old, he moved with his family to Montreal (Canada) where he completed his high school studies. Shortly after his graduation, he started scouting for a modelling agency and eventually worked full time as a stylist. He moved to Paris in 2005, where he designed his first clothing collection. It is also in Paris that he launched his namesake label for a debut show on October 2007 at age 25.
While the Rad Hourani line experiments with new shapes and fabrics in a couture-like approach, the "RAD by Rad Hourani" collection focuses on styles and silhouettes of the same unisex signature look offered in different materials and a more casual transformable fit. Hourani forgoes the biannual, seasonal fashion calendar with collections identified only by their sequential number. Both unisex lines are sold in the same stores by retailers such as Seven New York, Podium (Moscow), Antonioli (Milan), Daily Projects (Seoul) Maria Luisa at Printemps (Paris), Luisa Via Roma (Florence), Midwest (Tokyo), Joyce, and I.T (Hong Kong).
The conceptual direction in Rad Hourani's work is that
Stuart A. Weitzman (born in 1942; wife, Jane Weitzman) is the designer of the international, high-end shoe company, Stuart Weitzman.
Stuart Weitzman's trademark use of unique materials (e.g., cork, vinyl, lucite, wallpaper, and 24-karat gold), and his attention to detail, garnered him and his company a global following. His shoes are sold over 70 countries.
Weitzman's father, Seymour Weitzman, started a shoe factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in the late 1950s, "Seymour Shoes" (also sold under the label: "Mr. Seymour"). Weitzman began designing shoes for his father's business in the early 1960s, when he was in his 20s.
Weitzman graduated George W. Hewlett High School in 1958, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. When Seymour Weitzman died in 1965, Stuart took over the business with his older brother, Warren Weitzman. They sold the business to a company in Spain in 1972, but Stuart continued to design shoes for the company. In 1994, he bought back the business, but continues to manufacture his shoe designs in Spain.
Since 2002, Weitzman has provided one-of-a-kind, "million dollar" shoes to an Oscar nominee to wear at the Oscars. For the
Toni Matičevski (Macedonian: Тони Матичевски) (1977-) is a Melbourne-based fashion designer.
Matičevski's parents migrated from Macedonia. He grew up in Seddon, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne with a sizable Macedonian community.
Matičevski studied fashion at RMIT University graduating with First Class Honours. After graduating he won a Fashion Group International Award resulting in a placement with Donna Karan in New York. Matičevski shockingly turned down an extended position at Donna Karan, deeming the power house creatively draining. Matičevski left for Paris to work two seasons at Cerruti. Matičevski returned to Melbourne in 1998 to launch his own label. In 2002, Matičevski won Best New Designer at the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival with his debut demi-couture collection. The same year saw his preliminary participation in the Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week spring and summer collections. Most recently he was tied with Kit Willow for the 2005 Prix de Marie Claire Best New Designer award.
Matičevski designs emotively, rejecting the norm to create such designs as his elegantly skeletal dresses, held together (or to hold you together) with a bondage system of raw
Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer, originally the protégé of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he went on to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, graduating in 1984. At this time he began his apprenticeship at Comme des Garçons as a patternmaker. In 1987, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. Starting in 1992, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons. He started his own line under the Comme Des Garçons name called 'Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons' in 1993 and began showing in Paris that same year.
Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as found in his spring/summer 2001 line but also uses more traditional materials such as cotton in his spring/summer 2003 collection. Watanabe is often considered to be a 'techno couture' designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials.
In 2007, Watanabe was licenced by Converse to design a series of
Thomas Jacob Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951) is an American fashion designer and founder of the premium lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.
Hilfiger was born in Elmira, New York. The second of nine children of a jeweler and an Irish-American nurse, he grew up in a German-Swiss/Irish-American family. Hilfiger also claims direct descendence from the Scottish poet Robert Burns. His parents originally intended for him to be an engineer.
He attended the Elmira Free Academy for high school. He also attended GST BOCES Bush Campus in Elmira, New York for machine shop trades.
Rather than furthering his education, he started to work in retail at the age of 18. Hilfiger would go to New York City to buy jeans and bell-bottom pants, which he customized and resold at Brown's, a local downtown Elmira store.
He later opened his own store, named The People's Place, around the block in downtown Elmira. Over the years, a number of stores closed in downtown Elmira as shopping traffic shifted to the new Arnot Mall in Horseheads, New York. After seven years, The People's Place went bankrupt, when Hilfiger was 25. The site of the original store has since been demolished to make room for First
Wendell Rodricks is a prominent fashion designer based in the western Indian region of Goa. He has been listed among one of India's top ten designers. His work has involved a wide range of fashion—from lecturing on world costume history to fashion journalism and styling for international advertising campaigns. He is openly gay.
Rodricks started as a catering graduate but later moved to fashion designing. He also acted in a film named Boom in 2003 and made an appearance in the television play True West in 2002. Also, he played a cameo as himself in the film Fashion.
Rodricks was the first India designer to be invited to IGEDO (the world's largest garment fair); and the first Indian designer to open the Dubai Fashion Week.
Rodricks lives in Colvale village of North Goa and since 1993 he has gained the reputation for sending out creative collections for each fashion season. He has argued that it is a remarkable feat for a designer who despite living in a small village can still manage to direct the fashion trend for the country.
Rodricks has researched the theme of the history of the Goan costume for three years and interned at The National Costume Museum in Lisbon and the Museum at
Albert Kriemler is a designer and Creative Director at Swiss fashion company Akris.
Albert Kriemler began at Akris in 1980.
Kriemler has collaborated with ballet choreographer John Neumeier by designing the costumes for the ensemble of Neumeier’s 2005/06 production with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Hamburg ballet’s 2008 production of “The Legend of Joseph”. In 2009, Kriemler created the brand’s first handbag collection of horsehair fabric.
At Akris, Kriemler has continued St. Gallen’s textile-based history by hiring local artisans.
Kriemler received the Grand Prix Design prize by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in 2008 and awarded with the Swiss Design Award for his achievements as the “most important international ambassador for fashion creation in design.” He was named the honoree for fashion design at the 2010 Fashion Group International Awards in New York.
Alexander Wang (born 1983) is an American fashion designer.
At age 18, he moved to New York City to attend Parsons The New School for Design to study fashion design. After dropping out in his sophomore year, he launched his first women's ready-to-wear collection in 2007. The label embodies casually cool downtown style, drawing inspiration from the nineties, French chic, and rock grunge—always finished off with a slouchy, rolled-out-of-bed edge. Wang launched a diffusion line of pre-weathered cotton tees, tanks, and T-shirt dresses in spring 2009, T by Alexander Wang, as well as a footwear collection of towering platform sandals. He won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008, an honor accompanied by a $200,000 award to expand one's business. His lines are now stocked globally by more than 30 of the world’s premiere retailers including Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Dover Street Market, Browns, Otte and Selfridges.
Wang is known for his edgy, somewhat masculine womenswear designs. After designing a Fall 2008 collection using black as the predominant color, he designed his Spring 2009 collection using bright colors such as orange, dusty purple, aqua and hot pink, and
Hardy Amies, Ltd. is a British-based fashion house specialising in modern luxury menswear.
Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO (17 July 1909 – 5 March 2003), was born Edwin Amies in Maida Vale, London. His father was an architect for the London County Council, his mother a saleswoman for Madame Gray at Machinka & May, London. In his teens, he adopted his mother's maiden name, Hardy – and always cited her as the inspiration for his chosen professional path.
Amies was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, leaving in 1927. Although his father wanted him to attend Cambridge University, it was his ambition to become a journalist. His father relented and arranged for a meeting between his son and R. D. Blumenfeld, the editor of the Daily Express. His father was mortified when Blumenfeld suggested his son travel around Europe to gain some worldly experience. After spending three years in France and Germany; learning the languages, working for a customs agent and then as an English tutor in Antibes and later Bendorf, Germany – Amies returned to England, where in 1930 he became a sales assistant in a ceramic wall-tile factory, after which he secured a trainee position as a weight machine salesman
Orry-Kelly was the professional name of Orry George Kelly (31 December 1897 – 27 February 1964), a prolific Hollywood costume designer.
He was born in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, and was known as Jack Kelly. His father William Kelly, was born on the Isle of Man and was a gentleman tailor in Kiama. Orry was a name of an ancient King of Man. He studied art in Sydney, and worked as a tailor's apprentice and window dresser.
He journeyed to New York to pursue an acting career. He shared an apartment there with Charlie Spangles and Cary Grant. A job painting murals in a nightclub led to his employment by Fox East Coast studios illustrating titles. He designed costumes and sets for Broadway's Shubert Revues and George White's Scandals.
He went to Hollywood in 1932, working for all the major studios (Warner Brothers, Universal, RKO, 20th Century Fox, and MGM), and designed for all the great actresses of the day, including Bette Davis, Kay Francis, Olivia de Havilland, Katharine Hepburn, Dolores del Río, Ava Gardner, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck, and Merle Oberon.
He worked on many films now deemed classics, including 42nd Street, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Arsenic and Old
Charles Frederick Worth (1826-1895), widely considered the Father of Haute couture, was an English fashion designer of the 19th century, whose works were produced in Paris.
Born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England, Worth made his mark in the French fashion industry. He worked at several prosperous London drapery shops before moving to Paris in 1846. He was hired by Gagelin and Opigez, well-known Parisian drapers. While working in their shop, he married one of the firm's models, Marie Vernet. Marie would model shawls and bonnets for prospective customers. Worth made a few simple dresses for his wife and customers started to ask for copies of the dresses as well.
Worth, by now a junior partner in the firm, urged his partners to expand into dressmaking, but they hesitated to risk their reputation in a business as low-class as dressmaking. Worth found a wealthy Swede, Otto Bobergh, who was willing to bankroll the venture and opened the dressmaking establishment of Worth and Bobergh in 1858. Worth was soon patronised by the French Empress Eugénie, and after that by many titled, rich, and otherwise notable women. Catherine Walters and Cora Pearl, the famous demimondaines, and Pauline von
Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI (born Vivienne Isabel Swire on 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Westwood was born Vivienne Isabel Swire in the village of Tintwistle, Derbyshire on 8 April 1941, the daughter of Gordon Swire and Dora Swire (née Ball), who had married two years previously, two weeks after the outbreak of World War II. At the time of Vivienne's birth, her father was employed as a storekeeper in an aircraft factory; he had previously worked as a greengrocer.
Aged 17, Vivienne and her family moved to Harrow, London. She studied at the Harrow School of Art - University of Westminster, taking fashion and silversmithing, but she left after one term saying, "I didn't know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world". After taking up a job in a factory and studying at a teacher-training college, she became a primary school teacher. During this period, she also created her own jewellery, which she would sell at a stall on Portobello Road.
In 1961, Vivienne Swire met Derek Westwood, a Hoover factory apprentice, in Harrow.
Adam Lippes is an American fashion designer. Mr. Lippes is the Founder and Creative Director of the eponymous fashion collection ADAM.
Adam Lippes was born December 24, 1972 in Buffalo, New York. Adam attended the Nichols School in Buffalo and studied Psychology at Cornell, from where he graduated in 1994. Upon graduation from Cornell, Adam continued his studies at the American University in Paris where he focused on Art history and architecture. In 1995 Adam moved to New York City, and began his fashion career at Polo Ralph Lauren before moving to Oscar de la Renta, where he was quickly promoted to Global Creative Director becoming one of the youngest to hold this position in the luxury fashion world. From 1996 to 2003, Adam worked closely with Mr. de la Renta on every aspect of the brand, including design, marketing and new business development.
In 2004, Mr. Lippes determined to pursue his dream of designing his own collection launched a collection of cotton basics under the label adampluseve. His desire to "fuse fashion with the perfect white tee" began with a global search for the finest manufacturers of cotton, cashmere, and wool. The Collection of Basics was launched at Saks
Emilio Pucci, Marquis of Barsento (Italian pronunciation: [eˌmiːlio ˈpuʧːi]), (20 November 1914 – 29 November 1992) was a Florentine Italian fashion designer and politician. He and his eponymous company are synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Emilio Pucci was born in 1914 of one of Florence’s oldest noble families, and would live and work in the Pucci Palace in Florence for much of his life. He was a keen sportsman, who swam, skied, fenced, played tennis and raced cars. At the age of 17 he travelled to Lake Placid as part of the Italian team at the 1932 Winter Olympics, but did not compete.
After two years at the University of Milan, he studied agriculture at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA, where he became a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society. In 1935 he won a skiing scholarship to Reed College in Oregon, received an MA in social science from Reed in 1937, and was awarded his doctorate (laurea) in political science from the University of Florence the same year. At Reed he was known as a staunch defender of the Fascist regime in Italy.
In 1938 he joined the Italian Air Force, and served as a S.M. 79 torpedo bomber pilot during
Keith Michael (born Keith Michael Rizza on January 14, 1972) is an American fashion designer based in New York City. Michael participated in the third season of American reality show Project Runway.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Keith Michael attended the Pratt Institute as an illustration major, then turned his attention toward photography. He took a job as a receptionist at a photography studio, and was soon promoted to stylist, assistant photographer, and finally, photographer. His photography has been published in W, ELLE, GQ and BlackBook magazines. He has his own line of men & women's clothing which has been described as "natural, organic and lovingly hand finished." (Andrea Cusick of Nylon Magazine). He has also been honored with a nomination for "Best Newcomer of the Year" by Sportswear International. Michael's distinctive tightly tailored clothes are sold in high end boutiques in Los Angeles and New York City.
Despite having a design focus on men's wear, Michael auditioned for Project Runway; a women's wear design reality television show competition on the Bravo Network. Michael came out as a front-runner from the beginning by winning the first challenge and receiving
Steven Cojocaru (born January 5, 1962), known by the nickname "Cojo", is a Canadian fashion critic. He was born in Montreal, Quebec to a family of immigrants from Romania. Cojocaru started out as a magazine columnist and eventually began working on American television shows as a commentator and celebrity interviewer.
He graduated from Wagar High School in 1979 and later earned a bachelors degree in communications from Concordia University.
Cojocaru began working in 1991 for the Canadian fashion magazine Flare. After moving to Hollywood, he began writing a column. He was People Magazine's West Coast fashion editor, and has written two autobiographies, Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy (2003) and Glamour, Interrupted (2008).
In 2003, he joined the cast of Entertainment Tonight, providing coverage of celebrity fashion. By the end of 2011, the association was dissolved.
He was the Style Correspondent for the Today show from 2000–2005; he has also worked at E! and Access Hollywood.
Appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
In 2003 and 2004, Cojocaru worked on American Idol, helping the contestants select new wardrobe pieces from show sponsor Old Navy.
On May 6, 2008, he appeared
Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5 became an iconic product, one irrevocably identified with The House of Chanel.
A woman of French peasant stock, convent bred, Chanel adhered to one constant in her life—a determination to rise above her humble origins. Her indefatigable energy and talent in her chosen trade combined ultimately to achieve both the business success and social prominence she had so striven to realize. Her professional life brought her in contact with the upper echelons of society and personages noteworthy in the arts. She herself became an art
Dean and Dan Caten (born Dean and Dan Catenacci) are a Canadian creative fraternity design duo are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of the DSQUARED, an international fashion house. Celebrities wearing their designs have included Bill Kaulitz, Lenny Kravitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Britney Spears and Madonna
Dean and Dan Caten were born in 1964 as Dean and Dan Catenacci in Toronto, Ontario. And grew up in the Willowdale area. They are the youngest of nine children. Their parents were from Naples, Italy.
In 1983, they moved to New York to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, but stayed only one semester before returning to Toronto. Finding a financial backer in 1986, they launched their first signature womenswear collection, DEanDAN. By 1988 they had signed on to label Ports International (currently Ports 1961) as creative directors to bring the company more fashion forward and upscale. At the same time, Dean and Dan designed for their lower-end, leisure brand, Tabi International. In 1991, the brothers moved to Milan, Italy where they worked as designers for the house of
Louis Féraud (13 February 1921 – 28 December 1999) was a French fashion designer and artist.
In 1950, Louis Féraud created his first "Maison de Couture" in Cannes and by 1955 had established a couture house in Paris on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.
From the mid 1950s he was dressing the Parisian elite and designed the wardrobe of Brigitte Bardot for many of her movies. It wasn't however until 1958 that he presented his first haute couture collection in Paris.
The early 1960s saw Louis Féraud hire the young unknown designers Jean-Louis Scherrer, Margit Brandt and Per Spook.
In 1970 he signed a contract with Fink (Germany) for a ladies' prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) collection. The year 1978 was an excellent one for Féraud: he won the "Golden Thimble Award" for his Spring/Summer 1978 Haute Couture Collection. He went on to claim this accolade again in 1984.
Adding to his growing collection of honours Louis Féraud was elected Prince de l'Art de Vivre in 1991. In 1995 he was decorated Officier de la Légion d'honneur, by the French President. His daughter Kiki signed her first Haute Couture collection in with Féraud in 1996. The head Haute Couture designer throughout the 70s,80s,
Luke Scheybeler is a British designer and the executive creative director of Scheybeler+company. He is the co-founder, former creative director and a shareholder of premium cycling clothing brand Rapha. In 2011 he launched The Collarbone, an iPad-based pro-cycling photography magazine, with photographer Camille Mcmillan.
Scheybeler founded Rapha in March 2004 with Simon Mottram. In his role as creative director, Scheybeler led Rapha's creative output and oversaw the creative teams. He was responsible for the company’s overall image including managing the brand, marketing communications, photographic art direction and in-store design. He set the strategy for, and designed, the Rapha website. Despite having no previous background in fashion design, he oversaw creation of the product range and led the detailed design of all products including clothing, accessories, luggage and publications. Scheybeler was also jointly responsible for marketing strategy, business planning, board-level management and company leadership.
In 2007 Scheybeler designed a jersey with British menswear designer Paul Smith to celebrate the London start of the Tour de France. In 2008 he worked with British tailor
Nicole Miller (born 1952) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman who was born in Texas and raised in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Miller attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Apparel Design. She studied for a year at L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne where she was trained to drape fabric and study the classical techniques of couture. Miller described her Parisian training as "intense," but explained that it gave her training in fabric manipulation, which became a signature of her designs.
Miller's first shop opened in 1986 on Madison Avenue. The brand has grown to 20 boutiques in major cities across the United States. and is sold in a number of high-end department stores. Miller designs an extensive collection for J.C. Penney and a home furnishing collection for Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Of her style, the designer has said: "I've always been downtown and uptown. I've had a lot of artist friends and I was always a little bit of a renegade." Her modern design aesthetic is known for its bright prints and patterns.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Miller was raised in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her father and Parisian-born mother, met in World
Perry Ellis (March 3, 1940 – May 30, 1986) was an American fashion designer who founded a sportswear house in the mid-1970s.
Perry Edwin Ellis was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on March 3, 1940, as the only child of Edwin and Winifred Rountree Ellis. His father owned a Coal and Oil company which enabled the family to live a comfortable middle-class life. Perry graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1957. Perry then studied at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1961. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard reserve to avoid the military draft and after six months he enrolled at New York University, from which he graduated with a master's degree in retailing in 1963. He then started out in department store retailing in the Richmond, Virginia area to gain experience in the fashion industry as a buyer and merchandiser at the department store Miller & Rhoads. While there, he was co-founder of a Richmond retail shop A Sunny Day. He later joined the sportswear company John Meyer of Norwich in New York. In the mid-1970s, eventually, he was approached by his then employer,
Roberto Cavalli (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto kaˈvalːi]) (born 15 November 1940) is an Italian fashion designer from Florence. He is known for detailed exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans which are now a standard style for the majority of jean makers. He is the father of fashion designer Daniele Cavalli (b. 1986).
Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Tuscany. His grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, was a member of the Macchiaioli Movement, whose work is exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery. Cavalli decided to enroll at the local Art Institute, concentrating in textile print. While still a student, he made a series of flower prints on knit that caught the attention of major Italian hosiery factories.
In the early 1970s, he invented and patented a revolutionary printing procedure on leather, and he started creating patchworks of different materials. He debuted these techniques in Paris, immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermès and Pierre Cardin. At age 30, he presented his first namesake collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. He brought it to the catwalks of the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and later on those of Milano
Santino Quinto Rice (born August 20, 1974) is an American fashion designer and television personality. He is best known for his appearances on the reality television programs Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race, and On the Road with Austin and Santino.
Rice was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri. His parents were both multiracial, and his background includes African-American, Italian,and Native American. In high school, Rice won a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After attending school there, he reportedly found work in the film industry, including extra roles, voice acting, and costume design.
In 2005, Rice participated as a contestant on the second season of the Bravo reality show Project Runway, in which fashion designers compete against each other in various design-related challenges, judged by a panel of industry experts. Rice's designs produced mixed results on the show. He won two challenges, including one in which the designers created red carpet dresses for Nicky Hilton, and on two other occasions, his designs scored among the top three. However, there were also four challenges in which Rice received low scores, landing
Catherine Malandrino is a fashion designer. She was born in Grenoble, France and now works in New York City as well as in Paris.
Born from Italian parents in the French Alps, Catherine Malandrino, after graduating from Esmod she worked in the Paris couture houses of Dorothée Bis, Louis Féraud, Emanuel Ungaro, and in the 1990s was the creative force at the French label "Et Vous" in Paris.
Malandrino currently designs two collections: her contemporary Catherine Malandrino line and her runway line Malandrino which features shoes and accessories including jewelry, handbags, and belts.
The company operates today 11 boutiques and the collections are represented in more than 400 doors around the world.
Adolfo Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈðolfo ðoˈmiŋgeθ]), born Adolfo Domínguez Fernández, is a Spanish fashion designer.
He was born May 14, 1950 in Ourense, Galicia in northern Spain. He studied design and cinematography in Paris, with further studies in London.
He took over his father's fashion boutique in Ourense in the early 1970s. He spent the following years developing his own designs, and finally made the big jump with a presentation of his work in Madrid in 1981. He also became the first Spanish designer to open his own brand-name store in Madrid, which soon mushroomed into a chain with outlets across Spain and abroad. The company went public in 1997.
Style His style is urbane, functional, casual and eminently comfortable, making use of loose, natural fabrics. One of his key marketing strategies has been to avoid distribution through multi-brand shops and target the ultimate consumer directly, reducing delivery time and cost to the buyers.
He was among the first to inject a new, fresh approach in Spanish fashion, spearheading the rise of a generation of new designers.
Nowadays his perfumes belongs to Puig company.
Rachel Roy (born January 15, 1974) is an American fashion designer and philanthropist who was born and raised in California.
Roy was born on January 15, 1974 in California. She was raised with her brother Rajendra Roy, now the Chief Film Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is of mixed racial ancestry, her mother is Dutch and her father is Indian.
Rachel Roy grew up in California, and attended Seaside High School along the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. She attended Columbia Union College and Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland majoring in Liberal Arts. Roy graduated in 1996. After graduation, she moved to New York to continue her work in retail, as well as work as a stylist.
Roy has two daughters with Damon Dash, Ava born December 7, 1999 and Tallulah born May 14, 2008. She and Dash were married from 2005 to 2009. In 2011, there was speculation that she and Dwight Freeney were dating.
Rachel's first job in fashion was at a Contempo Casuals clothing outlet in her hometown at age 14. After college, she came to New York City, where she worked as a stylist for magazines and music videos. She became an intern at the urban fashion line
Vivienne Tam (Chinese: 譚燕玉; pinyin: Tán Yànyù) is a fashion designer based in New York City. She was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to Hong Kong at the age of three. She attended Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Tam's fashion brand is named after her and is inspired by Chinese culture, design and modern fashion; East meets West. The theme of her first collection was EAST WIND CODE. Her shops can be found in most major cities around the world. She authored China Chic, a book on Chinese style meeting Western style. She has worked with Hewlett Packard on a special Vivienne Tam range of designer netbook computers, such as a version of the HP Mini 1000 and the HP Mini 210. Tam also appeared on Stardoll.com where she has her own suite and brand name. She has also designed dresses for the characters in the Animax movie LaMB.
The designer debuted her collaboration with Chinese jewelry brand TSL at her Spring 2013 fashion show.
Alber Elbaz (born 1961) is a Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer. Elbaz has worked for the Paris fashion house Lanvin since 2001.
Alberto Elbaz was born in June 12th 1961 Casablanca, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of eight months and grew up in Holon. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. His life partner is Alex Koo, Lanvin's director of marketing.
In 1985, Elbaz moved to New York City and spent two years working for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing. He then worked for Geoffrey Beene for seven years. He says he was influenced by Beene's rejection of trends and masterful drape and fit. "It was a very beautiful relationship.... Our best dialogue was not in words," Elbaz has reminisced.
In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and, through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of Guy Laroche. But, by the time of Elbaz's arrival, the Laroche enterprise had become overly conservative and lackluster. Even so, Elbaz was able to update the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose activities at the time included the management of 15 boutiques and 70
Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre (pronounced: [kɾisˈtoβal βalenˈθjaɣa ejθaˈɣire]) (January 21, 1895, Spain – March 23, 1972, Spain) was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.
Balenciaga was born in Getaria, a fishing town in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, on January 21, 1895. His mother was a seamstress, and as a child Balenciaga often spent time with her as she worked. At the age of twelve, he began work as the apprentice of a tailor. When Balenciaga was a teenager, the Marchioness de Casa Torres, the foremost noblewoman in his town, became his customer and patron. She sent him to Madrid, where he was formally trained in tailoring. (Balenciaga is notable as one of the few couturiers in fashion history who could use their own hands to design, cut, and sew the models which symbolized the height of his artistry.)
Balenciaga was successful during his early career as a designer in Spain. He opened a boutique in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1919, which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved
Gints Bude (born April 23, 1971 in Riga, Latvia) is a Latvian fashion designer and an expert of clothing and dress code.
Gints Bude graduated from Riga Tailor College as a tailor qualification. After that he studied Fashion garment pattern making and sewing technology in Riga Technical University. 1988-89 worked as a tailor in clothing company "Rīgas modes" (Riga fashions) experimental factory as a new collections tailor. On November 2, year 1990 he founded Gints BUDE fashion house and the first professional modeling school in Latvia Gints BUDE fashion model studio. Costume designer and choreography consultant of Miss and Mr. Latvia contest since year 1993. He has been a member of Baltic Fashion Designers association since year 2004.
Gints Bude is a designer of men's and women's fashion collections presented in international fashion forums, fairs and events since 1994 - men's clothing fair in Europe "Herren-Mode-Wöche-Köln". Co-creator and organizer of Latvian festival "Mode. Māksla. Mūzika." (Fashion. Art. Music.) and "Zelta adata" (Golden needle) award.
His clothing collections have been presented in Riga Fashion Week.
Gints Bude has participated in Latvian fashion presentations
Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.
Tom Ford was born August 27, 1961 in Austin, Texas, to realtors Tom Ford and Shirley Burton. He spent his early life in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and in San Marcos, outside Austin; his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he was 11. In Santa Fe, he entered St. Michael's High School and later moved to Santa Fe Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1979. Ford left Santa Fe at age 16, when he enrolled at Bard College at Simon's Rock, but quickly dropped out. He then moved to New York City to study art history at New York University.
Ford dropped out of NYU after only a year, preferring to concentrate on acting in television commercials; at one time, he was in 12 national advertising campaigns simultaneously. Ford then began studying interior architecture at The New School's famous art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design. During his time in New York, Ford became a fixture at the
Adrian Adolph Greenberg (March 3, 1903 — September 13, 1959), most widely known as Adrian, was an American costume designer whose most famous costumes were for The Wizard of Oz and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films of the 1930s and 1940s. During his career, he designed costumes for over 250 films and his screen credits usually read as "Gowns by Adrian". On occasion, he was credited as Gilbert Adrian, a combination of his father's forename and his own.
Adrian was born on March 3, 1903 in Naugatuck, Connecticut to Jewish immigrant parents Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenberg. He attended the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts (now Parsons School of Design). In 1922, he transferred to NYSFAA's Paris campus and while there was hired by Irving Berlin. Adrian then designed the costumes for Berlin's The Music Box Revue.
Adrian was hired by Rudolph Valentino's wife Natacha Rambova to design costumes for A Sainted Devil in 1924. He would also design for Rambova's film, What Price Beauty? (1925). Adrian became head costume designer for Cecil B. DeMille's independent film studio. In 1928, Cecil B. DeMille moved temporarily to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Adrian was hired as chief costume
Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.
Born on 17 March 1969 in Lewisham, London, to Scottish taxi driver Ronald and social science teacher Joyce, McQueen was the youngest of six children. He grew up in a council flat in a tower block in Stratford. He attended Carpenters Road Primary School, started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age, and announced his intention to become a fashion designer.
McQueen later attended Rokeby School and left aged 16 in 1984 with one O-level in art, going on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining
Andre Kim (August 24, 1935 – August 12, 2010) was a South Korean fashion designer based in Seoul, South Korea. He was known predominantly for his evening and wedding gown collections. He is survived by his adopted son, Kim Jung-do.
Andre Kim was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, Korea, as Kim Bong-nam. The son of rural farmers, Kim attended Hanyeong High School and graduated from the Kukje Fashion Design Institute.
Kim has been in fashion design since 1962. At the age of 27 he opened Salon Andre in Sogong-dong, Central Seoul, becoming Korea’s first male fashion designer. In 1966 he became the first South Korean to hold a fashion show in Paris. He would later go on to hold many other fashion shows in New York, Washington DC, Barcelona, Cairo, Sydney and Beijing.
In 1981, Kim was selected as Chief Designer for the 1981 Miss Universe beauty pageant. In 1988, he designed the uniforms of the Korean athletes for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Following this, he became a repeated invitee for occasions held by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 1997, he was presented with South Korea’s Presidential Culture and Art Medal for his contributions to the fashion industry. In 2003, he was
Robert Gordon "Bob" Mackie (born March 24, 1940 in Monterey Park, California) is an American fashion designer, best known for his costuming for entertainment icons such as Cher, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Tina Turner, and Mitzi Gaynor. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during its entire 11 year run and designed the costumes for the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy.
Mackie is also known for his exclusive dress designs for collector's edition Barbie dolls.
Mackie designed costumes for the Las Vegas Strip-based burlesque shows, Hallelujah Hollywood, which was inspired by the Ziegfeld Follies and ran at the MGM Grand (now Bally's Las Vegas) from 1974 to 1980, and Jubilee!, which has been running since 1981. Both productions involve intricate, elaborate costumes and grandiose sets. Images of many of Mackie’s design drawings for these productions are available in the Showgirls collection from UNLV Libraries Digital Collections.
Two of Mackie's best-remembered creations had a humorous aspect. While working on The Carol Burnett Show, he designed a "curtain dress" (complete with a curtain rod across the shoulders) that Carol Burnett wore in the Gone
Fátima Lopes, ComIH (born March 8, 1965) is a Portuguese fashion designer.
Fátima comes from the Portuguese island of Madeira. She was born and grew up in its capital city, Funchal. Since an early age she showed an interest in fashion and during her adolescence, unhappy with what the shops had to offer in terms of clothing, started to design her own clothes. Being fluent in English, French and German, she worked as a tourist guide for a local travel agency.
In 1990 Fátima moved to Lisbon, where she believed she could better pursue a career as a fashion designer. With a friend she opened a boutique named "Versos", which sold mainly clothes from international designers. In 1992 the boutique changed its name to "Fátima Lopes" and in that year the Fátima Lopes brand was born. In September of the same year, she participated in a fashion show made in an old convent in Lisbon (Convento do Beato), where her work was widely applauded.
In 1994 she exhibited her collection in Paris at the "Salon du Prêt-à-Porter Feminin". Two years later she opened her first international store in Paris, located in the famous rue de Grenelle. At the same time she began to diversify her collections by creating
Helmut Lang (b. March 10, 1956, Vienna) is an Austrian artist who lives and works in New York and on Long Island. Lang established his name-stake trademark in 1978 and presented his first international presentation at Centre Georges Pompidou in 1986, and has since his retirement from fashion in 2005, continued to work as an artist. Lang introduced unconventional materials into the urban uniform and by repositioning the perspectives of utility and modernity defined the silhouette of the 1990s and early 2000s. He broke away from the runway show-as-spectacle in the height of the 1980s opulence and was the first to ever stream his collection online, redefining how fashion is communicated. As one of the most important designers of our times, his work left an undeniable imprint on contemporary culture and his influence continues to reverberate among the fashion community today.
Lang’s seamless relationship with art has included collaborations with artists Jenny Holzer and Louise Bourgeois. His recent works explore abstract sculptural forms and physical arrangements and space beyond the limitations of the human body. Lang had his first solo art exhibition ALLES GLEICH SCHWER at the
Jamal Taslaq (born 1970) is a Palestinian high fashion designer living and working in Italy.
He was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1970, studied in Italy, and has become one of the top Rome High Fashion designers of the new era. His success started with his inaugural Rome High Fashion Show in the year 2000. Since then, every high fashion show in Rome has been wildly successful, including the latest in March 2011. He is held in esteem across boundaries and oceans and his clients are found in three continents.
His success is due to his talent of uniting the colours of the Mediterranean with the refinement of the “Made in Italy” creating a style that is unique in the world, and to his way of dressing not only the body but also the soul of woman.
He has been invited across the globe to show his creations: Jordan, Dubai, California, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Azerbaijan and many locations in Italy, from Milan to Sicily.
He has participated and received awards at: Fashion for Peace, Fashion in the Mediterranean, Fundraising for the needy, UNICEF fashion show for the children.
Selected exhibitions where his work has been presented
He has dressed famous Italian singers on television and
Patricia Field (born February 12, 1941) is an American costume designer, stylist and fashion designer.
Field was born in 1941 in New York City to a Greek father and an Armenian mother, who emigrated from Plomari, Lesbos, Greece. She was raised in Astoria, Queens and has claimed credit for inventing the modern legging for women's fashion in the 1970s. She is the owner of the eponymous boutique Patricia Field.
Field met Sarah Jessica Parker during the filming of 1995's Miami Rhapsody. The actress became so enchanted with Field's collections that they became friends and continued working with her on the series Sex and the City. Before beginning the first season of the Sex and the City television series on HBO, Parker asked to have Field design some of the clothes that her character, Carrie Bradshaw, would wear. During Field's tenure as costume designer on Sex and the City, the show became famous for the fashions showcased. For her work on Sex and the City, Field was nominated for five Emmy Awards, with one win, and nominated for six Costume Designers Guild awards, with four wins. She is one out of six Honorees of the 2008 Reel Time Film Festival. She went on to return as Costume
Patrick Cox is a Canadian–British fashion designer and an eponymous fashion label specializing in the creation of shoes, leather goods and accessories. Cox is most noted for the use of unusual materials and a mixture of Avant-garde and traditional styles.
Born 19 March 1963, in Edmonton, Canada, to a ballerina mother and linguist father, Cox was educated locally, except for periods when his father's work led the family to postings in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Cox eventually graduated from school in Edmonton Canada and moved to Toronto on his own when he was 17.
At the age of 19, Cox produced his first pair of shoes, for the Toronto-based designer Loucas Kleanthous, who suggested Cox consider a career as a designer. An interest in British fashion led Cox to study at Cordwainer's Technical College, London, a design school that was absorbed into the London College of Fashion in 2000. Cox studied at Cordwainer's from 1983 to 1985.
During his time as a student in London, Cox spent as much time in nightclubs as he did studying. Through his partying Cox became friends with several well-known designers, such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano who, at that time, were emerging stars.
Abigail Keats is a South African fashion designer.
Abigail Keats attended Dainfern College in her teen years. Later she graduated top of her year from the SA London International School of fashion in 2007 and launched her first collection at Audi Fashion Week 2008 as part of the autumn/winter New Generation Designer show.
Since then she has also showed her collections at Joburg Fashion Week, Audi Fashion Week and Arise Africa Fashion week - AFI
Keats has also been invited to showcase in New York, London and Miami, and has been selected as the "designer of the month" in South African Elle magazine (Elle Magazine, June 2008, Vol 13 No 3, Page 38) and the ‘designer to watch’ in Cosmopolitan magazine (Cosmopolitan Magazine, July 2008, Vol 25 No 5, Page 45) and ‘featured designer’ in life style magazine Ray (Ray Magazine, 2009, issue 3, Page 120 - 123).
Keats signature style is best described as a sophisticated contemporary art form that plays with the paradox of masculine tailoring, while exaggerating a feminine figure. The focus throughout all her collections is embedded in exerting the power of a woman while magnifying the beauty and grace of her being and form. Her love for art,
Carla Maria Zampatti AC (born 19 May 1942) is an Italian-Australian fashion designer and businesswoman.
Carla Zampatti is Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti Pty Limited. She is also a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Trust, and is a Board Member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation.
Born in Lovero, Italy, Carla settled with her family in Australia in 1950. In 1965, she produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch, and in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Limited.
Carla opened her first boutique in 1972 in Surry Hills, Sydney Australia. Over the next 3 years the Mosman, Double Bay and Elizabeth Street Sydney boutiques were opened, growing the Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd company to create a chain of 30 Carla Zampatti boutiques and concept stores across Australia. With the growth of the label, Zampatti moved into David Jones in 1990 and Myer stores in 1992.
In 1973 Carla became one of the first Australian designers to introduce swimwear into her collection. Expanding into other areas of fashion, Carla was commissioned to create the first designer eyewear of Polaroid's range.
In 1983, Zampatti
Carlota Alfaro (born June 4, 1933) is a high fashion designer from Puerto Rico. She is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion".
Alfaro showed a passion for design ever since she was a child, often designing clothes for family and friends. She was raised in Santurce where her aunt taught her how to sew.
Alfaro reached international fame in Latin America, Europe and the United States during the 1960s, decade in which she also created the Instituto Carlota Alfaro, aimed towards passing on her knowledge to young fashion design students. Alfaro's specialty is haute couture. During the 1980s, she published a series of designs in a local newspaper's fashion column, called "Destellos de la moda". Her signature dress is the exaggerated mermaid cut.
Alfaro's tumultuous relationship with Rafael Zuckerman was a nationalized scandal in Puerto Rico in the 80's. The slap fest between Zuckerman then wife Maria Migdalia Perez Soto was the talk of the watercoolers.
Alfaro has received many international awards, and her collections have been sold at stores around the world, including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Doo-Ri Chung (Korean: 정두리; born 1973) is a Korean-American fashion designer.
Chung graduated from The New School university's Parsons division with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion in 1995. After receiving her degree, Chung worked for Geoffrey Beene for six years, rising to the position of head designer. In 2001, Chung started her own firm in the basement of her parents' dry cleaning business. The firm remained there for the next four years.
Chung is best known for her jersey dresses, which have a unique drape. Chung has stated that she has no plans to move away from creating such dresses, as she now has a steady clientele. Chung will introduce a shoe line in fall 2008.
Chung is inspired by Ann Demeulemeester, Martha Graham and Joseph Beuys.
At the state's dinner honoring South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok on October 13, Michelle Obama joined her Korean guests with a beautiful asymmetrical purple dress designed by Doo-Ri Chung. The dress was a classic Chung creation, featuring a beautifully draped jersey -- her signature fabric -- with a chiffon belt embellished with multicolored crystals. It was described as "Ultra-violet, ultra-cool"
In 2004, Chung
James Galanos ([gulAn´Os]) is an American fashion designer, widely considered to be one the world's foremost 20th century couturiers.
James Galanos was born 20 September 1924 in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only son of Greek-born parents. His mother, Helen Gorgoliatos, and his father, Gregory Galanos, a frustrated artist, ran a restaurant in southern New Jersey, where Galanos had his first glimpses of well-dressed women. He grew up a shy boy and learned to work hard from early age. Galanos remembers that he was "a loner, surrounded by three sisters. I never sewed; I just sketched. It was simply instinctive. As a young boy I had no fashion influences around me but all the while I was dreaming of Paris and New York." Galanos graduated from Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1942 and went to New York City intending to enroll at a school headed by Barbara Karinska, the great Russian stage designer and costumer. When the school failed to open in the autumn, he enrolled at the Traphagen School of Fashion, one of the first schools of its kind. He attended two semesters at Traphagen, the first spent in general design studies and the second in draping and construction.
Peter Som is an American fashion designer. He describes his aesthetic as one of "effortless elegance and refined sexiness", and aspires to provide a fresh perspective to modern American fashion.
Peter was raised in San Francisco by architect parents of Han Chinese ancestry who encouraged in him the ideals of purity of form, function and composition. Now lives in Greenwich Village, New York City. Peter still draws from these early architectural influences as he designs clothes for tasteful and elegant women.
While he attended Connecticut College Peter studied both Art History and Studio Art and chose to make his move to fashion by continuing his studies at Parsons School of Design. During the years he spent at Parsons, he also apprenticed with the American designers Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. After graduating, Peter honed his skills in the design room of Bill Blass.
In 1997, he was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as a rising young talent in its first-ever Scholarship Competition. Isaac Mizrahi awarded Peter the Parsons Gold Thimble for his work in the school's prestigious Designer Critic program while Lord & Taylor reaffirmed his potential in its annual
Raf Simons (Dutch pronunciation: [rɑf ˈsimɔns]) (born 12 January 1968) is a Belgian fashion designer and head creative director at Dior. He studied Industrial design, but after a few years of self-study, he became a menswear designer in 1995. Initially, he worked with Walter Van Beirendonck in Paris, where he was exposed to the work of Martin Margiela and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
His collections (menswear only) are strongly influenced by youth culture albeit in an indirect way. His style, described as "tortured youth" or "live fast, die Bohemian" often combines strongly cut classic menswear with sharp lines. He is cited as being one of the most important innovators in contemporary menswear by the international press.
He presents his collections twice a year, usually in Paris, but works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium. In his early years, his runway shows were unconventional: models running down a street or walking in a parking lot, on a bridge, around a photography studio.
His "Raf Simons" and "Raf by Raf Simons" collections are sold at Barneys and Seven in New York and a variety of locations around the world; stockists are listed on the official website.
Raf Simons also launched a
Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifschitz, October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand.
Ralph Lauren (pronounced loren) was born Ralph Lifschitz in the Bronx, New York, to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, from Pinsk, Belarus: Fraydl (née Kotlar) and Frank Lifschitz, a house painter.
Lauren attended the Salanter Academy Jewish Day School followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. In MTA Lauren was known by his classmates for selling ties to his fellow students. In a moment of spontaneity, when asked what he wanted to do in his Clinton yearbook he stated under his picture that he wanted to be a millionaire.
At the age of 16, Ralph's brother George Poitras (who was his guardian) changed their last name to Lauren to avoid the unfortunate obscenity reference Lipshitz has in English (although Ralph's brother Lenny retained the name). Apparently Ralph was teased about it in school. “My given name has the word shit in it,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough
Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (Voghera, Italy, May 11 1932), best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, and R.E.D. Valentino.
In 1959 Valentino left Paris and opened a fashion house in Rome on the posh Via Condotti with the backing of his father and an associate of his. More than an atelier, the premises resembled a real "maison de couture," it being very much along the lines of what Valentino had seen in Paris: everything was very grand and models flew in from Paris for his first show. Valentino became known for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as "Valentino red."
On July 31 1960, Valentino met Giancarlo Giammetti at the Café de Paris on the Via Veneto in Rome. One of three children, Giammetti was in his second year of architecture school, living at home with his parents in the haut bourgeois Parioli section of Northern Rome. That day Giammetti gave Valentino a lift home in his Fiat and a friendship, as well as a long-lasting partnership, started. The day after, Giammetti was to leave for Capri
Benoit Pierre Emery (pronounced: [bə.nwa pjɛʁ e.mə.ʁi]) (born July 9, 1970) is a French art director and a fashion designer based in Paris, France.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art and of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Benoit Emery began his career as a freelancer, working as an art director for Canal + and Louis Vuitton.
His experience also includes stints with Paco Rabanne, Kenzo, Cabane De Zucca, The Cartier Foundation, Arte and Paris Première among others. In May 2000, he co-founded with Marc Nguyen Tan, the creative agency "le cabinet. paris""
In October 2003, he set up his own company "Les Soieries Modernes" and launched his first silk scarf collection.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the introduction of 24, Faubourg in 1995, Hermès issued in 2005 a limited edition of the perfume, in a bottle designed by Serge Mansau to imitate the lines of the silk scarf issued at the same time. The carré de soie was designed by Benoît Pierre Emery and stylizes the spirals of the flacon and the light shining through the perfume. The fragrance is a creation of Maurice Roucel.
Nick Smith (born November 9, 1979, in Liverpool, England) is a British milliner, fashion designer and socialite.
Smith is best known as a hat designer or milliner. He is also a designer, socialite, author, recording artist, actor, venture capitalist and philanthropist.
Smith studied fashion design and technology at the London Institute London College of Fashion and specialized in accessories and millinery. His millinery company is based out of London, England; his central offices are based on Fifth Avenue, New York City and Liverpool, England.
Smith presented his début collection at the Cafe de Paris during the 2001 London Fashion Week.
Smith's hats have been stocked at stores around the globe from New York's Bergdorf Goodman to London's Harrods, where store owner Mohamed Al Fayed hosted an exclusive soiree to welcome the designer in 2001. He went on to showcase his hats on collaborative catwalks with Scottish design brand Mac Millan during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (New York), London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week for nine seasons.
In 2005 Smith presented an environmentally friendly clothing line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Los Angeles using modal and other
Renzo Rosso (born 15 September 1955 Brugine, Padova, North East Italy) is an Italian fashion entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Jeans Genius" by Suzy Menkes, he is the founder and President of fashion brand Diesel . Rosso is also the founder of OTB (Only the Brave), the holding group for iconic brands like Diesel, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, and Staff International (who manufactures and distributes DSquared2, Just Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs Men) and the founder of its not-for-profit organization, the Only The Brave Foundation. Rosso is also the President of the Red Circle investment group; the Diesel Farm in Marostica, Veneto; the Pelican hotel in Miami; and Bassano Virtus 55 S.T., the professional soccer club of his hometown Bassano del Grappa, Veneto.
Rosso was born in the village of Brugine in the Northeastern Italian region of Veneto. His parents were farmers and he grew up under simple conditions, regularly helping his father after school. Having seen the laborious life required for a farmer, Rosso aspired to do something different from his parents and in 1970 began studying industrial Textile Manufacturing at the Marconi Technical Institute in
Austin Scarlett (born January 1, 1983) is an American fashion designer and artist best known for his appearances on the first season of Project Runway, the 2012 "Project Runway: All-Stars", and his Lifetime series, On the Road with Austin and Santino.
Scarlett, son of Debra Little and Christopher Scarlett, was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon. At a young age, he moved to Wanaque, New Jersey and attended Lakeland Regional High School. In his 20s, he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he specialized in couture and evening wear design and received his degree in fashion design. He also received fine arts training at the Art Students League of New York.
While still in school, Scarlett worked as a design assistant and patternmaker on various projects ranging from opera to dance, film, and on Broadway. Scarlett also worked as an assistant costume archivist at The Museum at FIT, with their collection of Haute Couture and textiles.
Scarlett found success on the first season of the Bravo reality show Project Runway in 2004-2005. During the airing of Project Runway, he became known for his ability to produce glamorous fashions under the tight deadlines and
Deepak Perwani (born 1973) (Sindhi: ديپڪ پرواني) is a well known Pakistani fashion designer. He is one of the prominent members of the Hindu Sindhi community in Pakistan. He has a brother, Naveen Perwani who is a snooker player.
The designer has recently created the world's largest kurta. The kurta, large enough to be worn by a 175-foot-tall (53 m) person, was unveiled at a public ceremony.The Guinness World Records later certified the entry based on a rigorous documentation process. The kurta weighs 800 kg, is 101 feet tall and 59 feet 3 inches wide. Each sleeve is almost 57 feet long. It took a team of 50 hardworking professional tailors a period of 30 days to make the kurta. The huge kurta is made of 800 yards of cotton blend fabric. According to Perwani, "the kurta is an intrinsic symbol of Pakistani attire, and (this garment) has successfully put it on the global map. A kurta represents the essence of what we are and defines our individuality in today's world." The world's largest designer kurta will later be used to create smaller kurtas that will be donated to children's homes run by the Edhi Foundation, a Pakistani NGO.The fashion designer Deepak Perwani is running his own
Diane Klimaszewski is a model and is one half of the Coors Light Twins with sister Elaine. She is also an actress and was briefly a member of WCW's Nitro Girls.
Diane Klimaszewski started acting in 1991 in Problem Child 2. She also has a modeling career that helped her and her identical twin Elaine model for Maxim magazine in 2002, and become the Coors Light Twins in 2004.
In 2000, she was briefly a member of WCW's Nitro Girls as Nitro Girl Gold. Recently, the sisters have appeared as regular cast members on Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge, as the Big Time Twins.
She and her sister Elaine had a guest appearance in the movie Scary Movie 4 as the Coors Light Twins.
They also run their own fashion line, ZipperGirl.
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Elsa Peretti (born May 1, 1940) is an Italian jewelry designer.
She was born in Florence, Italy, in 1940, the daughter of a well-to-do Roman family. Educated at Volbicela School in Rome, with a diploma in interior design. In early jobs she was a French teacher, a ski instructor and a model. She moved to New York in 1968, where she began modeling and designing jewelry for a handful of top designers, including Halston, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo and Tiffany & Co..
She designed the containers for Halston's fragrance and cosmetic lines, and many of Tiffany's best-selling items including the famous 'teardrop' necklaces and 'thumb' vases in white. Both are examples of her simple organic aesthetic. She is noted for creating understated and timeless pieces that have become favourites of stars such as Keira Knightley who is often seen wearing her Elsa Peretti Round Pendant.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, designer Erin Fetherston graduated from UC Berkeley before attending Parson's School of Design in Paris.
In January 2005, she first presented her eponymous label during the Paris Haute Couture Shows. From its debut, the collection established Fetherston’s signature feminine, whimsical and romantic sensibility, earning the brand a devoted following of press and celebrities. In 2007, Fetherston moved to New York City where she has since shown her ready-to-wear collection during New York City Fashion Week.
Fetherston is also known for her multi-media projects, creating short films and photographic works in tandem with photographer Ellen Von Unwerth featuring Kirsten Dunst, Zooey Deschanel and Karen Elson.
Among her honors, Fetherston was a recipient of the 2007 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, a finalist for the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and in 2009 was inducted as a member of the CFDA.
In November 2007, her limited-time discount line debuted at the nationwide retailer Target.
In April 2010, Fetherston was named as guest designer and creative consultant for the irreverent lifestyle brand Juicy Couture.
Fetherston debuted her
Jacques Doucet (French pronunciation: [ʒak du.sɛ]) (1853–1929) was a French fashion designer, known for his elegant dresses, made with flimsy translucent materials in superimposing pastel colors.
Doucet was born in Paris in 1853 to a prosperous family whose lingerie and linens business, Doucet Lingerie, had flourished in the Rue de la Paix since 1816. In 1871, Doucet opened a salon selling ladies' apparel. An enthusiastic collector of eighteenth-century furniture, objets d'art, paintings and sculptures, many of his gowns were strongly influenced by this opulent era. Beginning in 1912, the fashions of Jacques Doucet were illustrated in the fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton with six other leading Paris designers of the day – Madeleine Chéruit, Georges Doeuillet, Jeanne Paquin, Paul Poiret, Redfern & Sons, and the House of Charles Worth. His most original designs were those he created for actresses of the time. Cecile Sorel, Rejane and Sarah Bernhardt (for whom he designed her famous white costume in L'Aiglon) all often wore his outfits, both on and off the stage. For the aforementioned actresses he reserved a particular style, one which consisted of frills, sinuous curving lines
Nudie Cohn (December 15, 1902 – May 9, 1984) was a Ukraine-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as "Nudie Suits", and other elaborate outfits for some of the most famous celebrities of his era. He also became famous for his outrageous customized automobiles.
Cohn was born Nuta Kotlyarenko in Kiev. To escape the pogroms of Czarist Russia his parents sent him at age 11, with his brother, Julius, to America. For a time he criss-crossed the country working as a shoeshine boy and later a boxer, and hung out, he later claimed, with the gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. While living in a boardinghouse in Minnesota he met Helen "Bobbie" Kruger, and married her in 1934. In the midst of the Great Depression the newlyweds moved to New York City and opened their first store, "Nudie's for the Ladies", specializing in custom-made undergarments for showgirls.
Relocating to California in the early 1940s, Nudie and Bobbie began designing and manufacturing clothing in their garage. In 1947 Cohn persuaded a young, struggling country singer named Tex Williams to buy him a sewing machine with the proceeds of an auctioned horse. In exchange, Cohn made clothing
Stella Nina McCartney (born 13 September 1971) is an English fashion designer and rare environmentalist in the fashion industry. She is the daughter of former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney and the late American photographer and animal rights activist, Linda McCartney.
Stella Nina McCartney was born in Lambeth, London, England on 13 September 1971, the second child of Beatles bassist Paul McCartney and American photographer Linda McCartney. She is named after her maternal great-grandmothers (both of Linda McCartney's grandmothers were named Stella). As a young girl, McCartney traveled the globe with her parents and their pop music group Wings, along with her siblings: older half-sister Heather (who was legally adopted by Paul McCartney), older sister Mary, and younger brother James. According to her father, the name of Wings was inspired by Stella's difficult birth. As his daughter was being born by emergency caesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel." Wings toured from shortly after her birth in 1971 until 1980.
Despite their fame, the McCartneys wanted their children to lead as normal a life as possible, so
Torsten Amft (born January 14, 1971 in Leipzig, Germany) is a German fashion designer and artist.
Torsten Amft lives and works in Berlin (headquarter) since 1991. He studied fashion design in Zurich (Switzerland) and started masterwork with Ernesto Aligieri in Rome (Italy). In 2000, Amft won the "Lexton" fashion award in New York City. Many celebrities (such as Montell Jordan, Holly Johnson and Bryan Adams) love his clothes and style. Amft founded the style of "Elitist Futurism" and created its worldwide presence. Before Amft designed dresses, he was a model for Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Gianni Versace. He is currently the Creative Director of the Amft fashion labels.
His legally protected label (brand) is also his signature. He creates high-quality fashion for men and women. His single creations (Haute Couture) run under the proper name Torsten Amft, while the ready-to-wear collection line runs under the name Amft fashion. The brand label AMFT is administered by international investors.
Twice a year, Amft organizes trend-shows for international clothing purchasers. His trend-shows during the fashion week often takes place in Berlin, to strengthen it as a fashion- and trend
Traver Rains (born March 4, 1977) is an American TV personality, celebrity fashion designer, and photographer.
Traver grew up on a fourth generation AQHA Hall of Fame Quarter Horse ranch in Simms, Montana. He later moved to Dallas where he received a degree in Economics and International Business from SMU. After graduating Traver found himself in New York City training horses at the Chelsea Piers where he first met club kid, Richie Rich. Together the duo founded the fashion label, Heatherette and dressed the likes of Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, and Britney Spears. You can follow Traver on Twitter via @traverrains.
Traver was a featured judge on the third cycle of America's Next Top Model and as the designer for a fashion show contest. He was a guest judges on Project Runway Canada for the "When It Rains It Pours" challenge and also on Project Runway when contestants had to make costumes for WWE Divas. Traver's acting credits include the 2005 film One Last Thing and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Upcoming credits include judge on The Arrangement. Traver appeared as his brand representative on NBC's "Fashion on Ice special", The Anna Nicole
Stephen Sprouse (September 12, 1953 - March 4, 2004) was a fashion designer and artist credited with pioneering the 1980s mix of "uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility" .
Stephen Sprouse's initial Day-Glo bright, sixties-inspired, graffiti-printed fashion collections for men and women caught the attention of fashion editors, store buyers, and fashionistas, garnering much media coverage. His initial collections (1983–1985) were huge critical hits, sold at only the best stores (his 1983 collections were sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in New York City on a small scale). To much surprise in the fashion and retail communities, Sprouse declared bankruptcy in June 1985 (even though his base of influential fashion editors and high-end stores were firmly in place). Sprouse cited production, late deliveries, and financial problems in an interview with Womens Wear Daily shortly after he closed his initial business.
Sprouse informally showed a Fall 1985 collection to buyers and the press at his new showroom in Union Square on Broadway - the last location of Andy Warhol's infamous "Factory" lofts. A runway presentation at Club USA in
Georgina Chapman (born 14 April 1976) is an English fashion designer and actress. Chapman, alongside Keren Craig, an actress and a former model, are the co-founders of fashion label Marchesa.
The daughter of Brian Chapman, millionaire businessman and owner of the organic coffee company Percol, Georgina Chapman grew up in Richmond, West London.
At age 13, she started a band called Jesus and Mary Jane. In college she lived in a Shepherd's Bush flat, where she remained until recently with her dog, Rocky. In her twenties, Chapman modelled in Head & Shoulders and Soothers ads.
Chapman met future partner Keren Craig, while they were both students at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Chapman graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2001 and began her career as a costume designer. After graduation, Chapman appeared in various television shows and films.
In 2004, she and Craig launched Marchesa, named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Investors of the brand include Giuseppe Cipriani and Steven C. Witkoff. In 2006, the label was named one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's top ten finalists.
In 2010, she was named in Tatler’s top 10 best-dressed list.
In 2012 Chapman was a judge on
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ maʁi lɑ̃vɛ̃]; 1 January 1867, Paris – 6 July 1946, Paris) was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Lanvin fashion house.
One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and '30s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was naturally ceded to the designer's daughter, Marguerite di Pietro.
The eldest of 11 children, she became an apprentice milliner at Madame Félix in Paris at the age of 16 and trained at dressmaker Talbot before becoming a milliner on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1889.
In 1895, Lanvin married her first husband, Count Emilio di Pietro, an Italian nobleman and two years later gave birth to a daughter, Marguerite (also known as Marie-Blanche) (1897–1958). The couple's only child, Marguerite di Pietro became an opera singer, married the Count Jean de Polignac (1888–1943), and was, on the death of her mother, the director of the Lanvin fashion house. Lanvin and di Pietro divorced in 1903. Lanvin's second husband, whom she married in 1907,
Julien Fournié (pronounced: [ʒy.ljɛ̃ fuʁ.nje]) is a French fashion designer and CEO of his own eponymous haute couture company founded in the summer of 2009. Previously, he was the last Creative Director of the Paris-based haute couture fashion house Torrente. In 2008, he was named Creative Director for womenswear, menswear and accessories at Ramosport.
Julien has a Castilian mother and a French father. One set of grandparents were tanners. His other grandmother was a lingerie seamstress and corset maker. From the age of three Julien’s favourite toy was the crayon, his favourite pastime: drawing.
Fournié initially decided to study medicine and took a degree in Biology. After two years he changed career to study fashion, continuing his studies at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne graduating in 2000. On his graduation day, Paris Fashion 2000 awarded him with the Moet & Chandon Prize for best accessories. During those three years of study and the apprenticeship, he worked at fashion houses to develop his skills. After experience at Nina Ricci, he moved to Christian Dior, where he worked on accessories with Jean Mouclier, then at Givenchy haute couture.
Matthew Williamson is an English fashion designer. He counts celebrities such as Björk, M.I.A., Cat Deeley, Will Buckhurst, Sienna Miller, Kelis, Jade Jagger and Plum Sykes amongst his friends.
He was born in 1971 in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England, and studied in Manchester until he was 17. He then moved to London to attend school at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994.
Graduating from Central St Martin's in June 1994 with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles, his first job following graduation was a freelance design project with Marni. Williamson was then employed by British fashion companies Monsoon and Accessorize.
The luxury fashion house, Matthew Williamson, was founded in February 1997 by Williamson (designer) and Joseph Velosa (CEO). In September 1997, Williamson showed his infamous debut collection, 'Electric Angels', during London Fashion Week. Bias-cut dresses and separates in exotic shades of tangerine, fuchsia and magenta were worn by models Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger. This peculiar collection of bright, intricately detailed pieces defined and set the pace for the highly recognisable Matthew Williamson
Roger Vivier (1907–1998) was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel.
Vivier has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear" by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.
Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, and he designed the shoes for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.
Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the stiletto heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué and jewels to create unique decorations for his shoes.
In the 1960s Vivier also designed silk-satin knee boots outlined in jewels, and thigh-high evening boots in a black elastic knit with beads. His most iconic design, the Pilgrim pumps with
Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry.
Klein was born in The Bronx to Jewish-Hungarian immigrants. He attended the High School of Art and Design and matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving an honorary Doctorate in 2003. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer, Dan Millstein, and spent five years designing at other New York shops. In 1968, he launched his first company with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz.
Klein was one of several design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx, New York, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren. Klein became a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introductions he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene even before he had his first mainstream success with the launch of his first jeans line. Klein was immediately recognized for his talent after his first major showing at New York Fashion Week.
Christophe Josse (pronounced: [kʁistɔf ʒɔs]) is a French fashion designer and an haute couture fashion brand.
Christophe studied art history for three years in Paris, followed by one year in stylisme.
Christophe Josse worked in different fashions houses as designer's assistant. Then he moved to the Haute Couture studio of the Torrente house where he soon became the first assistant of Rose Torrente-Mett, the Director of the Studio at that time. After the departure of the designer in February 2003, Christophe Josse assumed the direction of the Haute Couture collection.
Christophe Josse left Torrente in 2004 and on July 2005 presented in Paris his first couture collection under his own name. Since January 2006 the designer has been invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to present his collections during the official Haute Couture calendar as "invited member". In January 2008 he opened his atelier and showroom at 231, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.
The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Française, the governing body of the French fashion industry, promoted Christophe Josse in January 2011 from guest member to permanent member status, which allows the Christophe Josse brand
Derek Lam is an American fashion designer. He was born in San Francisco, California and is of Chinese American parentage. Lam is the youngest of three children in his fourth-generation family. His parents had a business that imported clothes from Asia, and his grandparents ran a successful garment factory in San Francisco that specialized in bridal and wedding dresses. As a child he would sit with the seamstresses, "adoring the wedding gowns."
Lam graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Lam began working as an assistant for Michael Kors in the 90s and worked there for four years. Lam then moved to Hong Kong to work for a large retail brand. Following his Hong Kong experience, Derek returned to New York and was appointed vice President of Design for Michael Kors' Kors line.
In 2003, he launched his own label. He debuted at the New York Fashion Week in September 2003. In 2005, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for new designers and started his own line of clothes. In addition to clothes, Derek Lam also has a line of shoes and jewelry. In February 2010, Derek Lam launched an e-commerce website selling an edited collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.
Gareth Pugh (born August 31, 1981) is an English fashion designer. He currently lives and works in Paris.
At 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theatre. He started his fashion education at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003. He interned with Rick Owens in Paris. His final collection at St. Martins, which used balloons to accentuate models' joints and limbs (a technique that would become one of his trademarks), attracted the attention of the senior fashion editor of Dazed & Confused magazine, who placed one of his designs on the magazine's cover shortly thereafter. Pugh was selected to participate in British reality show The Fashion House two months after his graduation, which he would later call "horrible" and his "only other option [to being on] the dole." The rise of !WOWOW!, a feature in Dazed & Confused, and a debut show at London club Kashpoint's Alternative Fashion Week brought Pugh to the attention of Fashion East "London's breeding ground for cutting-edge new talent," leading them to invite Pugh to participate in its Autumn 2005 group show. Pugh had only four weeks,
Jonathan Saunders (born 1977) is a Scottish fashion designer, known for his work with prints and use of traditional silk screening techniques. Saunders was named Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards in 2005, and British Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in 2008. Celebrities who have worn his designs include Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller and Michelle Obama.
Saunders graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a BA in printed textiles, and went on to gain a MA in the subject at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2002. His graduate collection, which featured a series of brightly printed chiffon kaftans inspired by the Beatles' Yellow Submarine album cover, won him the 2002 Lancome Colour Award. Within two days of his graduation show Saunders was commissioned to design prints for Alexander McQueen, and produced a bird-of-paradise print for McQueen's 2003 collection. Saunders was also enlisted as a consultant for fashion houses Chloé, and Pucci under the direction of Christian Lacroix.
Saunders made his debut at London Fashion Week in September 2003. British Vogue featured one of Saunders' designs on the cover of
Sir Paul Smith, CBE, RDI, (born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire on 5 July 1946) is an English fashion designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his menswear. He is both commercially successful and highly respected within the fashion industry.
Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon. His collections of clothing and accessories for both men and women are usually identified by the presence of Smith's multistripe signature somewhere on each item.
Paul Smith left school at the age of 14, a member of Beeston Road Club his only ambition was to become a racing cyclist until his father hauled him off to work at a clothing warehouse. Smith had no real interest in his work during his first two years there except for the cycle journey to and from his home. A terrible cycling accident put an end to his cycling ambitions, and it was only then that Smith's career in fashion design began.He enjoyed his job and had forgotten everything about cycling. Six months in hospital followed and during this time Smith made some new friends. After leaving hospital he arranged to meet them all at a local pub that was popular with art students.
Phillip Lim (born 1973 in fashion designer of Chinese ancestry. He was awarded the 2007 Council of Fashion Designers of America Emerging Talent in Womenswear award for his work as creative director of 3.1 Phillip Lim. He worked at the label Development from 2000 to 2004, and has been the head of 3.1 Phillip Lim which launched in the fall of 2005 to present.
3.1 Philip Lim is Lim's fashion label. It is projected to have sales of 60 million USD in 2011.
For the line's fall 2006 collection, Lim aimed to "inject some 'street elegance'" into his designs. Laird Borrelli of Vogue praised his work as a "pretty-but-cool clothes" that "don't try too hard".
Lim's spring 2007 collection, His first runway show was praised as "lovely" by Nicole Phelps of Vogue, who said Lim proved himself to be an "accomplished tailor". His clothes were romantic and predominantly white, with occasional navy and floral elements. Phelps noted Lim's "knack for combining the dressy and the casual", saying that "Lim knows how fashionable women want to dress".
The line's fall 2007 collection was inspired by socialite Edith Bouvier Beale and meant to embody what Lim called "pedigree minus prudence". In what Phelps
Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Zaitsev (Russian: Вячеслав Михайлович Зайцев), more commonly known as Slava Zaitsev (Russian: Слава Зайцев), born 2 March 1938 in Ivanovo, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, is a Russian fashion designer, painter, graphic artist and theatrical costume designer.
Zaitsev was born on 2 March 1938 in Ivanovo to Mikhail Yakovlevich Zaitsev and Maria Ivanovna Zaitseva. His father was a victim of the repressions of Joseph Stalin and was incarcerated in one of Stalin's camps, and his mother was a cleaner and laundress. From 1945 – 1952 he studied Secondary School № 22 in Ivanovo. As his father was deemed by the State to be an Enemy of the people, Zaitsev was denied the opportunity to study at an industrial academy, a theatrical school and a pilot training school.
In 1952 he began studies in the Faculty of Applied Arts at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Ivanovo, and during this time he became interested in manufacturing and received the credentials to become a textile artist. He graduated, with honours, from the university in 1956. After realising that working with textiles was his dream, he moved to Moscow in 1956, and commenced studies at
Wolfgang Joop (born November 18, 1944 in Potsdam) is a German fashion designer. He is the founder of the fashion and cosmetics company JOOP!, and father of fashion designer Jette Joop.
Wolfgang Joop was born in Potsdam, on November 18, 1944. Wolfgang Joop studied advertising psychology at the University of Braunschweig. He was later invited to become an honorary professor of fashion design at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
He began his fashion career working with his former wife Karin when in 1968 they were awarded all three first prizes in a design competition. Professionally he had been working as both a fashion illustrator and journalist and as a freelance designer for fashion houses in Italy, France and Germany. is also well known in England
Joop achieved international success in 1978, when he showed his fourth fur collection, which the New York Times, among other publications, honored as "Prussian Designer."
The label and company JOOP!, created in 1981, is recognised for its provocative collections as well as for its internationally award-winning fragrances. In early 1982 Joop showed his first prêt-à-porter women's collection, followed by his first men's collection in
Bunto Kazmi is a well known fashion designer in Pakistan. She belongs to the Kazmi family, which has been in the fashion industry for more than 50 years . Bunto's specialty is bridal wear. Her work has been shown all over the world.
Christian Dior (French pronunciation: [kʁistjɑ̃ djɔːʁ]) (21 January 1905 – 23 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior.
Christian Dior was born in Granville, a seaside town on the coast of Normandy, France, the second of the five children of Maurice Dior, a wealthy fertilizer manufacturer (the family firm was Dior Frères), and his wife, the former Isabelle Cardamone. He had four siblings: Raymond (father of Françoise Dior), Jacqueline, Bernard, and Ginette (aka Catherine). When Christian was about five years old, the family moved to Paris, France, but still returned to the Normandy coast for summer vacations.
Dior's family had hopes he would become a diplomat, but Dior was artistic and wished to be involved in art. To make money, he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents each. In 1928, Dior left school and received money from his father to finance a small art gallery, where he and a friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. Three years later, after the death of Dior's mother and brother and a financial disaster in the family’s fertilizer business, during
Christian Siriano (born November 18, 1985) is an American fashion designer. Siriano first gained attention after winning the fourth season of American reality show Project Runway, becoming the series' youngest winner. Shortly after winning Runway, Siriano launched his fashion line, Christian Siriano, which as of 2010 has brought in revenue of over $1.2 million.
Siriano was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. He has one older sister, and is of Italian and German descent.
Siriano has said that his parents supported the arts and encouraged he and his sister to pursue creative fields. As a child, Siriano studied ballet, and on a March 2008 Ellen appearance, he described himself as a "musical theater kid who loved costumes". Siriano's interest in costume design inspired him to pursue a career in fashion. He began designing clothes at age thirteen, while working as a hair washer and styling assistant at Bubbles Salon in Annapolis, and eventually began sewing clothes for the salon's annual hair shows. Siriano spent a year at Broadneck Senior High School before transferring to Baltimore School for the Arts. The school allowed Siriano to choose fashion design as his course of
Edward Henry Molyneux ( /ˈmɒlɨnjuː/; 5 September 1891 in Hampstead, London – 23 March 1974 in Monte Carlo) was a British fashion designer whose fashion house in Paris was in operation from 1919 until 1950.
Born in London to Justin Molyneux and Lizzy Kenny, Edward Molyneux attended Beaumont College, a Roman Catholic preparatory school. Owing to the death of his father, he dropped out at the age of 16 to pursue his ambitions as a painter and illustrator. After a period working for the British fashion designer Lucile, Molyneux opened his fashion house in Paris at 14 rue Royale in 1919 (later, 5 rue Royale), expanding to Monte Carlo in 1925, Cannes in 1927, and London in 1932, becoming known for his "never too rich or too thin" idle slim "refined at the edge of outrageous" look, frowning on superfluous decoration, and going on to dress European royalty like Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, British high society, actresses Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gertrude Lawrence, Margaret Leighton, and Vivien Leigh, and interior decorator Syrie Maugham. His followers included Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. He was friends with Noel Coward. "The designer to whom a fashionable woman would turn
Elizabeth McKay Jenkins (born February 23, 1975) is an American fashion designer, business woman, mother and wife, who was born, raised and educated in the New York metropolitan area. Her family was originally from Tarboro, North Carolina.
Elizabeth attended the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut, St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, New York. After graduating from Parsons The New School for Design, Elizabeth began a career working with fashion houses, including TiBi, a New York clothing company founded by designer Amy Smilovic. She worked at C.J. Laing and, ultimately, co-founded the line T.S. Dixin (which she named after her nephews - Taylor, Spencer, and Dixon).
While the company may produce many styles, it is primarily known for its Scotland Wrap Dress and Elizabeth Ruffled Blouse. The label has also found a following among the country club set.
Kim Niklas Jones (born 11 September 1979) is a British fashion designer who, since graduating from Central St Martins College of Art and Design MA menswear, has developed a cult following for his refined, casual clothing.
Jones presented 8 collections for his main line, with the most recent having been shown in New York during the Men's Collections in February 2007. He presented his first catwalk collection in September 2003 at London fashion week and made his Paris debut in July 2004, where he showed for 5 consecutive seasons. Other presentations have varied from films with Alasdair McLellen and Toyin, to a book with American art photographer Luke Smalley.
Alongside his own collection Jones has designed and worked for a variety of companies, including Uniqlo, Topman, Umbro producing Umbro by Kim Jones, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss and Iceberg. Kim has contributed both as Stylist and Art Director for magazines including Dazed and Confused, Arena Homme +, Another Magazine, the New York Times T Style magazine, 10 Men, V Man, i-D magazine, Numero Homme and Fantastic Man. He has also contributed womenswear styling for V and POP magazines. The Face magazine had
Ozwald Boateng OBE (born 1967) (pronunciation: /ˈɒzwəld ˈboʊtɛŋ/) is a British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring style. Inspired by his father's suits, Boateng opened his first shop on Savile Row at the age of 28.
Boateng, whose parents emigrated from Ghana in the 1950s, was born in 1967 in Muswell Hill, North London. In London his father continued his career as a teacher, while his mother who was in the fabric trade in Ghana became a seamstress. His parents divorced when he was five, and Boateng has two older siblings.
Boateng was inspired by the immaculate suits his father wore, and received his first suit from his mother aged eight: a double-breasted in purple mohair. At fourteen, he found a summer job sewing linings into suits.
While studying computing at Southgate College aged 16, he was introduced to cutting and designing by his girlfriend. Using his mother's old sewing machine, he started designing and selling to his fellow students, and switched to graduate in fashion and design.
Boateng helped a friend to make clothes for a fashion show, and after receiving praise for his work, sold his first collection to a
Anaita Shroff Adajania is a fashion stylist and costume designer. She is the Fashion Director for Vogue (India) magazine. The owner of the Style Cell company, Adajania has been noted for her design work on several Bollywood films including Dhoom 2, Being Cyrus, Everybody Says I'm Fine!, and Love Aaj Kal. Her designs have also been featured in magazines including Vogue, L'Officiel, Elle and Rolling Stone.
Apart from this, she has acted in two films. In Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge she played Sheena, Simran's (Kajol) friend in London whom Raj (Shahrukh Khan) flirts with at the start of the European trip. In Kal Ho Naa Ho she played Gita, Rohit's (Saif Ali Khan) friend.
She is married to Indian film director Homi Adajania who directed Being Cyrus.
Jasper Alexander Thirlby Conran OBE (born 12 December 1959) is a fashion designer from England, United Kingdom (UK). He is the son of designer, Sir Terence Conran, and the author, Shirley Conran.
Conran's birth parents filed for divorce when he was two years of age.
Conran was educated at Port Regis School and Bryanston School in the 1970s; he also studied at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, United States (US).
Conran's first collection was for Henri Bendel in New York, US. In 1979, aged 19, Conran designed his first womenswear collection under his own name. The following year he was elected to be part of the London Designer collections. Conran designed his first menswear collection in 1985.
In 1994, Conran designed the wedding dress of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.
In 1999, he began designing a signature range of stemware for Stuart Crystal and later for Waterford. In 2001, he launched a fine bone china tableware collection for Wedgwood.
In 1996, Conran launched a womenswear range for the Debenhams chain of department stores in the UK. He has subsequently designed women's accessories, lingerie, hosiery, menswear, men's accessories, childrenswear, homeware and
Sruli Recht is an award-winning Designer, (Born 1979 in Jerusalem Israel). He is a citizen of Australia and is currently based in Reykjavik Iceland. Recht studied Fashion Design at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. His career began primarily in Fashion where he rapidly developed a unique style of experimental couture clothing influenced by Futurism, Cyberpunk, Russian Constructivism, Industrial design and Science-Fiction writing - particularly the work of Philip K. Dick and Bruce Sterling. Recht's approaches to materials and new technologies, particularly in recent years, have led to products including ~Elt - the first buckle-less water-cut leather belt, and a portable flat pack cardboard Cutting Table.
Timothy Everest, MBE (born 1961) is a Welsh bespoke tailor and designer who has, according to Vogue, "dressed some of the world's most famous people". Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, he moved to London in his early twenties to work with innovative Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, where he learned the art of bespoke. Everest was one of the leaders of the New Bespoke Movement, which brought designer attitudes to the traditional skills of Savile Row tailoring.
Everest has been running his own tailoring business in the East End of London since 1989. Based at his Spitalfields atelier since 1993, he opened a West End store off Bond Street, near Savile Row, in 2008. As well as collaborating on projects with designers and brands such as Brooks England, DAKS, Kim Jones, Levi's, Rapha and Rocawear, as costume designer Everest has dressed the stars of films including Mission Impossible (One and M:i-2), Eyes Wide Shut, Atonement and Mamma Mia!. He has been associated with the British high street retailer Marks and Spencer since 1999, and has been a contributor to men's magazine The Rake since 2008. Everest is at the forefront of the bespoke casual movement.
Everest was born and brought up in
Zac Posen ( /zæk ˈpoʊzən/; born 24 October 1980) is an American fashion designer.
Posen was raised in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan, the son of artist Stephen Posen and corporate lawyer Susan Posen. His interest in fashion design started early, and as a child he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents' synagogue to make ball dresses for dolls. He attended Saint Ann's School, a private school in Brooklyn, and in his sophomore year interned with fashion designer Nicole Miller. At age 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at Parsons The New School for Design. He graduated from Saint Ann's in 1999. For three years Posen was mentored by curator Richard Martin at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At 18, he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts London. During his tenure in London, Posen found that the environment was competitive, while at the same time students were given a wide berth for independent learning. In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes that was displayed by the Victoria and
agnès b. (born Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé, 1941 in Versailles) is a French fashion designer. She is known for her self-named brand, which includes fashion and film interests.
She had twins at 19 and separated at 20. She graduated from École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles. A career soon followed when her personal style caught the eyes of ELLE magazine staffers at a Paris flea market. Her style of dress at the time, which included selections from France's Monoprix discount chain, was inspired less by fashion than thrift, but the magazine liked what it saw and hired her as a junior editor. With a mind towards designing rather than editing fashion, she left ELLE after less than two years, preferring apprenticeships even when they paid little and offered no time off. She became a designer, buyer, and press attaché for Dorothée Bis in Paris. She freelance designed for Limitex, Pierre d’Alby, V de V, and Eversbin in the years 1965 and '66. In the latter year, she founded CMC (Comptoir Mondial de Creation), parent of the agnès b. label. She opened her first boutique in Les Halles in 1975. Formerly a butcher shop, the black and white tiled store had a rustic, communal atmosphere, defined
Luke Song is an American contemporary high fashion milliner designer.
Luke Song(hangul=송 욱 born in December 1972 in Seoul, South Korea) is a 5th generation Seoulite who grew up in the fashionable district of Myongdong. He moved to the Detroit suburbs in 1982 and graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School. He first studied Bio-Chemistry, but eventually ended up studying fine arts at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Luke's artistic career lead him eventually to Paris, France, but he found the art of hat making during his journey back home to Michigan. He began his career as a milliner in 1997. He incorporated Moza Inc. in 1998 and his label Mr. Song Millinery is currently sold in over 500 boutiques around the world. Luke has been also designing for many other fashion companies and designs products for the movies, TV, books, magazines, and other venues. He collaborates with many artists around the world for gallery exhibitions and special exhibitions. He is currently working on 6 joint projects in Japan, France, South Korea and USA. He is also known as "Mr. Song" by most of his clients.
The original showroom in Detroit was open until 2009. It is now merged into one
Yōji Yamamoto (山本 耀司, Yamamoto Yōji, born 1943) is a Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris. He is among the master tailors whose work is thought to be of genius and has been described as probably the only designer you could name who has 60-year-olds who think he's incredible and 17-year-olds who think he's way cool.. His more prestigious awards for his contributions to fashion include the Japanese Medal of Honor, the Ordre national du Mérite, the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His further studies in fashion design at Bunka Fashion College led to a degree in 1969.
Yamamoto became an influential fashion designer after making his Paris debut in 1981. His commercially successful main line, Yohji Yamamoto (women/men) and the diffusion line Y's, are especially popular in Tokyo. These two lines are also available at his flagship stores in New York, Paris, and Antwerp, and at high-end department stores worldwide. Yohji Yamamoto Inc. reported in 2007 that the sales of Yamamoto's two main lines average above $100 million
Akira Isogawa (五十川明, Isogawa Akira, b. 1964) is one of Australia's most prominent contemporary fashion designers.
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1964, he immigrated to Australia in 1986, studying fashion at East Sydney Technical College drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design.
Isogawa opened a store in Woollahra, Sydney, in 1993. By the late 1990s, international sales and recognition established his reputation. His commercial fashion label, Akira, concentrates on women's fashion.
His clothes appear under his own label and are sold both in Australia and New Zealand. He is one of the few Australian designers to exhibit and sell his clothing in Paris, arguably the world's high fashion capital. His clothes are sold in 12 countries around the world.
Isogawa's clothes draw on a variety of inspirations, notably his experiences growing up in Japan. It's well known that Akira also works closely with, and is also influenced by the creative direction of Christiane Lehmann, a collage artist with an eccentric sense of style, who has been commonly referred to as his muse over the last decade.
Isogawa recently collaborated with Australian airline, Qantas, to develop luxurious new
Anja Gockel (b. 1968 in Mainz) is a German fashion designer.
She studied in Hamburg and London (Central Saint Martins School) and started to work for Vivienne Westwood.
Her dresses are quite feminine and colourful. Her main inspiration comes from homosexual designers. She works in an old factory building in Hartenberg-Münchfeld quarter of Mainz and sells to twenty countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Anja Gockel is married and has three children, one of them her own.
Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (pronounced [y.bɛʁ də ʒi.vã.ʃi], born 21st of February 1927) is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, as well as clothing for clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. .
The younger son of Lucien Taffin de Givenchy (1888–1930), marquis of Givenchy, and his wife, the former Béatrice ("Sissi") Badin (1888–1976), Givenchy was born in Beauvais, Oise.
The Taffin de Givenchy family, which traces its roots to Venice, Italy (the original surname was Taffini), was ennobled in 1713, at which time the head of the family became marquis of Givenchy.
After his father's death from influenza in 1930, the future fashion designer and his elder brother Jean-Claude de Givenchy (1925–2009), who inherited the family's marquessate and eventually became the president of Parfums Givenchy, were raised by their mother and maternal grandmother, Marguerite Dieterle Badin (1853–1940), the widow of Jules Badin (1843–1919), an artist who was the owner and
Isaac Mizrahi (Born October 14, 1961) is a fashion designer, American TV presenter, and creative director of Xcel Brands. He is best known for his eponymous fashion lines.
Mizrahi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an observant Egyptian Jewish family. His father gave him a sewing machine at the age of ten. At 15, he launched his own label, IS New York, with the help of a family friend. He attended Yeshiva of Flatbush, High School of Performing Arts, and the Parsons School of Design.
Mizrahi presented his first collection in 1987 at a trunk show held by famed New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. The line immediately earned praise from fashion editors, prompting several top retailers to place orders. In 1989 he discussed his designs in an interview with Elizabeth Cannon. He described them as “controlled and glamorous”, “elegant”, “distilled, refined”, inspired by decadence, and by the diversity of New York City. He also expressed his interest in appealing to a refined and exclusive clientele. In 1992, the French fashion house Chanel bought a stake in the company and began to bankroll its operations. Despite continued critical acclaim, sales were inconsistent; Bloomingdale's
Joshua Mark Thomas is an accomplished interior designer and photographer.
He was born in Montana, possibly Proctor, on August 21, 1973 to Mark & Dianne Thomas. After various moves throughout the country, including to New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, he settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Joshua's early career including the design and manufacture of detailed, high-end dresses and costumes for ballroom dancers, and his clients included many of the countries top dancers who are still performing professionally today.
He was an on-air cast member of HGTV's Designed to Sell for all Atlanta seasons and is the current photographer for HGTV's Curb Appeal. Joshua's textile work has also been featured on The Today Show, HGTV's Designed to Sell, and with various John Gidding Design Inc. projects, including at the upscale furniture store, Artefacto (currently in their Atlanta, GA Style House). His work has also recently been in Loft Life magazine, which shows both his textiles as part of the Artefacto Style House and his photography, as credited in the article, in Jezebel magazine, where he's shown as part of the Designed to Sell cast, and
Mychael Knight (born April 11, 1978 in Nuremberg, Germany) is a fashion designer.
Michael Anthony Knight, Jr. was born on April 11, 1978 in Nuremberg, Germany to Pamela and Michael Anthony Knight, Sr.
Although Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1996, he received his high school diploma from Washingtonville Senior High School in Washingtonville, New York. Later that same year, Knight began his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, this university awarded Knight a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Knight broke into the fashion industry in Atlanta, Georgia by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 and then by becoming a Fashion Stylist in the music industry in 2002.
In 2005, Knight auditioned for the second season of the Bravo network reality television series, Project Runway, but he was not accepted as a season two contestant. In 2006, Knight reauditioned for Project Runway, and this time he was accepted as a contestant for season three. Knight went on to win season three's Fan Favorite award and to place fourth in the overall
Reem Acra is an internationally known Lebanese fashion designer. She studied in Beirut, Paris, as well as New York. She is known for her bridal designs. Her designs are sold in famous clothing boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. She has been on several popular magazines including In Style, Town & Country, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Sayidaty [English] and W. Her fine evening gowns are also sold all over the world.
The Reem Acra flagship store is located at 730 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Born in Lebanon, Reem was introduced to the intricate world of art by her grandmother, who had a skilled hand for creating handmade silk flowers. According to her biography, Reem Acra studied design in both Paris and New York at the Esmod Ecole de Mode of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After her studies and practical design experience, she returned to New York where her atelier quickly gained international recognition. Her collections are carried in more than 100 of the most exclusive retailers in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as her flagship Manhattan boutique.
As a wedding gown designer, Reem Acra began her
Shawna Trpcic (/ˈtɜrpsɪk/; née Shawna Leavell, born October 18, 1966 in Artesia, California) is a Hollywood costume designer. She got her start in the industry with the 1990 film Megaville, and went on to work as a wardrobe assistant on the films Toys and Red Shoe Diaries. She later served as the main costume designer on Joss Whedon's Firefly, Angel, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse, as well as Marti Noxon's Point Pleasant. She was also the main costume designer for Torchwood: Miracle Day.
In December 2005, Trpcic auctioned off several of the costumes from Firefly that were in her private collection. Many of those costumes were purchased by fans who later wore them to the 2006 Browncoat Ball in San Francisco. Trpcic attended the ball, along with Jonathan A Logan (who made Mal's original browncoat from Trpcic's design) and posed for a group shot with everyone who was wearing her original costumes. Trpcic altered her own wedding dress to create the ballgown worn by Morena Baccarin (as Inara Serra) in the Firefly episode "Shindig". Trpcic often attempts to add pink flamingos somewhere on her costumes as she considers this to be her signature mark. An example of this is
Todd Oldham (born October 22, 1961) is an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion lines, interior designs, books and by appearing in television shows. Oldham is openly gay.
Oldham launched his first clothing line in 1989 and won the Council of Fashion Designer Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1991. In 1998, Oldham moved to New York with his business partner, Tony Longoria. Oldham served as creative consultant to Escada in the late 1990s. He launched a perfume line in 1995 and designed a clothing line for Target (2002–2003). In 1995, he produced a clothing line associated with the Warner Brothers film Batman Forever. Oldham designed furniture and home accessories for La-Z-Boy furniture (2003–2007) and served as creative director for Old Navy.
Oldham designed The Hotel of South Beach in 1999. He is currently designing the annex to the hotel. Oldham has become widely known to American TV audiences through his many television appearances, most notably as host of "Todd Time" on MTV's House of Style in the 1990s. He hosted Fashionably Loud on MTV in 1999 and
Tracy Negoshian (born October 20, 1981) is a designer of women's clothing. She is a native of Zephyrhills, Florida.
As a teenager, Tracy became a champion scholastic golfer. She studied at University of South Florida.
It was in college that she recognized that she had a talent for clothing design. She would modify team jerseys, add flair and then sport her “new” apparel to games and events.
After college in 2004, Tracy moved to Palm Beach, Florida. She canvassed many of the local businesses (and all of the high-end retail stores on Worth Avenue) in search of an opportunity. She was ultimately hired by Saks Fifth Avenue to be an assistant in their Designer Salon.
In 2007, while attending the National Championship football game, she saw women wearing fan apparel that reminded her of her college days and how she would alter jerseys into fashionable garments. Tracy recognized a market opportunity for garments like these.
Tracy expanded on the concept that she could make college game day apparel trendy, fun and multi-purpose. She created My Team Boutique and began designing garments along the likes of some of the more popular colleges in the Southeastern United States.
Donatella Versace (born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella's daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after the death of Gianni Versace, Donatella's brother and Versace's founder.
Versace was born in the Italian city of Reggio di Calabria, the youngest of four children in her family. Her father was a personal financier to the Italian aristocracy. An older sister, Tina, died at the age of twelve from an improperly treated tetanus infection. In the mid 1970s, Donatella followed her older brother, Giovanni ("Gianni"), to pursue knitwear design in Florence, Italy. Donatella had planned to work for her brother as Public Relations, but she was more valuable to Gianni as a "muse and critic," according to Donatella during an interview with Vogue. Through her closeness to her brother's enterprises, Donatella plunged into the fashion world. A decade later, during the 1980s, Gianni launched a perfume dedicated to her, Blonde, and gave her her own diffusion label, Versus,
The House of Gucci, better known simply as Gucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡuttʃi]), is an luxury Italian fashion and leather goods house, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by French company PPR. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921.
Gucci generated circa € 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek magazine and climbed to 41st position in the magazine's annual 2009 "Top Global 100 Brands" chart created by Interbrand. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated stores worldwide (as of September 2009) and it wholesales its products through franchisees and upscale department stores.
From modest at the end of the 19th century, the Gucci company became one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of high-end leather goods, clothing, and other fashion products. As an immigrant in Paris and then London, working in exclusive hotels, young Guccio Gucci (1881–1953) was impressed with the luxurious luggage he saw sophisticated guests bring with them. Upon returning to his birthplace of Florence, a city distinguished for high-quality materials and skilled artisans, he established a shop in 1920
Hattie Carnegie (15 March 1880 — 22 February 1956) was a fashion entrepreneur based in New York City from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Henrietta Kanengeiser.
The second oldest of seven children, Hattie Carnegie's father was an Austrian Jewish artist and tailor, thought to have introduced her to the world of fashion.
Carnegie, who emigrated with her family to the United States at the age of six years old in 1886, was known for her elegant couture collection and secondary ready-to-wear lines. Her company was revolutionary in the sense that it was one of the first to introduce ready-to-wear to the high-end market. She pioneered the 'head-to-hem' boutique concept that paved the way for the future success of Ralph Lauren in America. Her company discovered some of the most prominent American fashion designers of the twentieth century, such as Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère and James Galanos; for nearly a decade, the made-to-order department was headed by Pauline Fairfax Potter.
Hattie Carnegie was originally a milliner and owned a successful shop on East Tenth Street in New York named Carnegie - Ladies' Hatter. Despite the fact she had never sewed a
Loris Azzaro (9 February 1933 – 20 November 2003) was a French fashion designer. He was born in Tunisia of Sicilian parents and went to Paris to set up his cloth and perfume lines in 1962. By 1968 his business was a huge success. He was well known for making glamorous party dresses for the elite of French society. Often his creations featured ornate beading and daring cut outs. He was also known to use brightly colored chains woven onto shirts to make intricate chainmail dresses and tops. Over the course of his long career he dressed numerous celebrities including Dalida, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Marisa Berenson, Claudia Cardinale, Isabelle Adjani, Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman.
Azzaro's collections are always named alphabetically by season. The first season's collection featured clothing all given names starting with an A, the next with B names and so on. Azzaro admitted that he would sometimes skip a letter like Q, X or Z because it was too hard to find names for those letters.
Azzaro released a wide range of products including women's and men's clothing lines and accessories as well as a wide range of fragrances. in 1975 he created his first fragrance for women, "Couture",
Rudolph Moshammer (27 September 1940 – 14 January 2005) was a German fashion designer. He was murdered at the age of 64 in the Grünwald neighborhood of Munich, Germany.
Born in Munich, Germany, Moshammer had an education in retail industry trading. He began to design fashion in the 1960s.
His base of existence was his boutique "Carnaval de Venise" in Munich's high society street, Maximilianstraße. There he created fashion for wealthy men from furs, cashmere, and silk. With this strategy he attracted the high society of Munich and Germany. His international clients included:
He had inherited the boutique from his mother, Else Moshammer. He had a strong relationship with her and frequently appeared in public with her. She died in 1993.
Moshammer was an eccentric and iridescent personality. He was well known for carrying his Yorkshire Terrier dog Daisy in public wherever he went, and even wrote a book about her.
Moshammer had a strong commitment to helping homeless people. For this he was awarded the "Martin's Coat 2000" of the radio station, "Sankt Michaelsbund".
Moshammer played in some made-for-TV movies like in the German crime series Tatort.
He had a musical band, "Münchner
Betsey Johnson (born August 10, 1942) is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered "over the top" and embellished. She also is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows.
Johnson is the second of three 3 children born to Lena and John Johnson. She has an older sister, Sally, and a younger brother, Robert. Johnson took many dance classes, which inspired her love of costumes. Following her graduation from high school, Johnson studied at the Pratt Institute and then later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity. After graduation, she spent a summer as an intern at Mademoi mselle magazine.
Johnson's fashion career started after she entered and won the Mademoiselle Guest Editor Contest. Within a year, she was the in-house designer for Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia. Johnson became part of both the youthquake fashion movement and Andy Warhol's underground scene, along with The Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick and Lou Reed. In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunky Nini on New York's Upper East Side. Edie Sedgwick
William Ralph "Bill" Blass (June 22, 1922 – June 12, 2002) was an American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is known for his tailoring and his innovative combinations of textures and patterns. He is the recipient of many fashion awards, including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).
Bill Blass, born William Ralph Blass in 1922, was the only son of Ralph Aldrich Blass, a traveling hardware salesman who committed suicide when his son was five years old, and his wife, the former Ethyl Easter Keyser (died 1952), a dressmaker. He had one sister, Virginia Mae (born 1920).
In his autobiography Blass wrote that the margins in his school books were filled with sketches of Hollywood-inspired fashions instead of notes. At fifteen, he began sewing, selling evening gowns for $25 each to a New York manufacturer. At 17 he had saved up enough money to move to Manhattan and study fashion. He excelled in his fashion studies immediately and at 18 was the first male to win Mademoiselle's Design for Living award. He spent his salary of $30 a week on clothing, shoes, and elegant meals.
In 1942 Blass enlisted in the army. He was
Carolina Herrera (born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño (born January 8, 1939) is a Venezuelan and naturalized American fashion designer and entrepreneur who founded her eponymous company in 1980.
Herrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, a daughter of Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo, an air-force officer who later became Governor of Caracas, and his wife, the ll former María Cristina Niño Passios. Based in New York City since 1980, throughout the 1970s and 1980s she was named one of the best dressed women in the world. Her clients have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Renée Zellweger.
In 1957, Herrera married Guillermo Behrens Tello, a Venezuelan landowner, with whom she had two daughters, Mercedes and Ana Luisa. They divorced in 1964.
She Care So Much About Tydrianna. In 1968, in Caracas, she married Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, the host of "Buenos Dias", a Venezuelan morning-television news program and the elder son of a prominent Venezuelan landowner and art collector; he is now a special-projects editor of Vanity Fair magazine. Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera have two daughters, Carolina Adriana and Patricia Cristina.
Carolina Herrera is a recipient of The International
Christopher Bailey MBE (b. 1971, West Yorkshire, England) is Chief Creative Officer of Burberry, and is responsible for the company’s overall image including all advertising, corporate art direction, store design and visuals as well as the design of all Burberry collections and product lines.
Bailey, who was 38 in 2009, was born in Yorkshire, the son of a carpenter and a window dresser for Marks and Spencer. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters degree in 1994 and later received an honorary fellowship from the College in 2004. From 1994 to 1996 he was the Womenswear Designer at Donna Karan and Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. While in Milan, he met and began dating Geert Cloet, brand designer for Miu Miu. He split his time between his home in Milan and England. In 2004, Cloet was diagnosed with brain cancer. He and Bailey moved to Yorkshire to be near Bailey's family. Cloet died the next year. He joined Burberry in May 2001 as creative director and became chief creative director in November 2009. Bailey is credited with transforming the fortunes of the company.
In 2008, Bailey, alongside Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, set up The
Giorgio Armani (pronounced [ˈdʒordʒo arˈmaːni]; born 11 July 1934) is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer to come out of Italy, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal fortune of $7 billion as of 2012.
Armani was born in the northern Italian town of Piacenza, where he was raised with older brother Sergio and younger sister Rosanna by his mother Maria Raimondi and father Ugo Armani. Armani aspired to a career in medicine after reading A. J. Cronin's The Citadel, and enrolled in the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan. In 1953, after three years he broke off his studies, and joined the army, because of his medical studies, he was promoted and transferred to an infirmary in Verona. After experiencing hospital life and occasional evenings at the Arena in Verona he decided to find a different career.
After his stint in the armed forces Armani found a job as a window dresser at La Rinascente, a department store in Milan. He went on to become a seller for the menswear department, in
Irina Roudakoff Belotelkin (January 1, 1913 – January 21, 2009) was an American artist and fashion designer.
Irina Belotelkin, nee Roudakoff, was born in Elisavetgrad, Ukraine (alternatively: Yelisavetgrad, now Kirovohrad or Kirovograd) to the Russian noblesse ancienne as recorded in the imperial registers of Tver. A morganatic descendant of Catherine the Great, she was a student at the Mariinsky Noble Ladies' Institute , Novocherkassk, Russia (former capital of the Don Cossacks). She was orphaned at the time of the Russian Civil War after her father, General Paul Roudakoff, was fatally wounded in battle; 5 days later her mother died of typhus.
Her surviving brother, Paul Roudakoff, was at school in the elite Corps des Pages, and was evacuated to the banks of the Nile in Egypt with the entire Corps by their patron, King George V of England who took responsibility for the school after the assassination of his cousins. (King George V was a first cousin to both Czar Nicholas II, and his Empress, Czarina Alexandra.)
Still unaware of her parents' death, and after witnessing her two sisters' deaths from starvation, the young Irina, then 8 years old, made her way over 1,000 kilometers,
Linda Mason is a makeup and visual artist famous since the 1970s for her creative and exciting use of color.
Linda Mason was born in Sunderland, in the northeast of England, on Friday, 13 September 1946. Linda's mother, who expertly imitated the hottest designer fashions of the day and whose eccentric home renovations transformed their neighborhood, inspired in her a fascination for artistic expression. She got her start in the beauty industry modeling for haute couture designers in Paris while studying makeup.
Linda moved to Beirut to teach makeup and sell cosmetics for Lancôme. In the late 70s, she returned to Paris and became the premier makeup artist for Helena Rubenstein. While making rounds at fashion shows, Linda observed that makeup done by the models themselves was totally out of sync with the incredible fashions they were wearing. Linda then reinvented the role of makeup on the runway by personally applying the models’ makeup. She worked on early collections for Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Giorgio Armani, and Issey Miyake. The diligence, skill, and ingenuity of these designers inspired her to further develop and refine her own
Marisol Deluna, born Marisol Patricia Luna (June 20, 1967, in San Antonio, Texas), is an American fashion designer who specializes in fashion accessories and couture apparel.
Her parents are Peggy and Rudolfo Luna (Deluna adopted her family's original Spanish surname "Deluna"). She grew up in the Alamo Heights suburb of San Antonio, Texas.
Deluna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute, and studied fashion and textile design at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology.
Deluna's company, "Deluna By Design Inc.", is best known for her commission printed silk scarves and ties, often for nonprofit organizations. Clients include the Girl Scouts of the USA and the City of New York.
Deluna was elected as an Executive Member of Fashion Group International in 1995.
Raymond "Ossie" Clark (9 June 1942 – 6 August 1996) was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era. Clark is now renowned for his vintage designs by present-day designers.
Clark is compared to the 1960s fashion great Biba and influenced many other designers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui and Tom Ford. Manolo Blahnik has said of Ossie Clark's work: "He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do — produce desire." Ossie Clark and Ossie Clark for Radley clothes are highly sought after, and are worn by well known models like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
Born in Warrington, Cheshire, England in 1942, Raymond Clark's parents, Anne and Samuel Clark, moved to Oswaldtwistle during the war, hence his nickname, "Ossie". Ossie's mother, Anne Grace Clark, was in labour with Ossie for seven days during an air raid in World War II. Anne had been expecting a girl and so had no name picked out for her new baby. She let the midwife name him Raymond. Ossie was the youngest of six children ( Gladys, Kay, Beryl, Sammy and John ). Ossie and his brother John sang in the church
Salvatore Ferragamo (June 5, 1898 – August 7, 1960) was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. Film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved into a luxury goods empire spanning the world.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino, the eleventh of 14 children. After making his first pair of shoes at age nine, for his sisters to wear at their confirmation, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling. He always had a passion for shoes. After studying shoemaking in Naples for a year, Ferragamo opened a small store based in his parent's home. In 1914, he emigrated to Boston, where one of his brothers worked in a cowboy boot factory.
After a brief stint at the factory, Ferragamo convinced his brothers to move to California, first Santa Barbara then Hollywood. It was here that Ferragamo found success, initially opening a shop for repair and made-to-measure shoes, which soon became prized items
Takeo Kikuchi (菊池 武夫, Kikuchi Takeo, born May 25, 1939) is a famous Japanese industrial and fashion designer. He designs such things as spectacle frames and chronographs in addition to clothing.
In 2004 he bowed out from designing his own self-named brand, entrusting creative direction to Taishi Nobukuni, a graduate of London's St. Martin's College. The rejuvenated label has regained some of its former glory with a funky mix of 1970s vintage looks and contemporary street styling a huge commercial and critical success.
Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; pinyin: Wáng Wēiwei, Mandarin pronunciation: [u̯ɑ̌ŋ u̯éɪ̯u̯éɪ̯]; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite ladies figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions.
Vera Ellen Wang was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. Her parents were born in Shanghai, China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father owned a medicine company. Wang has one younger brother, Kenneth. She graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. Wang began figure skating at the age of six. While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the January 9, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.
Willy Bogner, Jr. (born January 23, 1942 in Munich, Germany) is a former alpine ski racer and a renowned fashion designer and inheritor of the Bogner clothing brand, originally set up as "Willy-Bogner-Skivertrieb" by his father, Willy Bogner, Sr..
Just turned age 18, Bogner, Jr. competed for West Germany at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He led the competition in the men's slalom after the first run, but fell during the second run. That season, he won the prestigious Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen, Switzerland.
In 1962, he became double world student champion in alpine skiing's slalom and alpine combined event.
His best result in the World Championships was a 4th place in the slalom (& 5th place in the combined) at the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile.
Willy Bogner, Jr. was a familiar face in the international ski scene until 1967, when he decided to concentrate his efforts on film-making. He returned in 1971 to launch his first ski collection, "Formula W". An American outlet in Newport, Vermont was created in 1973 while a tennis fashion line debuted the following year. A golf fashion line was created in 1976. When his father died in 1977, Bogner returned to
Óscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo (born July 22, 1932) is one of the world's leading fashion designers. Trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo, he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy. An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s. De La Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear.
De la Renta was born Oscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to a Dominican mother, Maria Antonia Fiallo, and a Puerto Rican father, Oscar Avelino de la Renta. The Fiallos were so embedded in Dominican society that they could count poets, scholars, and businessmen as well as top army brass among their members. One of Maria Antonia's brothers, Aristides Fiallo Cabral, was an intellectual- a doctor, lawyer, architect, and recipient of every degree the University of Santo Domingo could confer. Another brother, Fabio Fiallo, was a diplomat and poet. On his father's side, de la Renta's great great grandfather José Ortíz de la Renta was the first constitutional
Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. He studied at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts along with the legendary avantgarde fashion collective the Antwerp Six. Many still consider him to be the "7th" member of the collective.
After graduation in 1980 he worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before showing his first collection under his own label in 1989. Between 1997 to 2003 he became, despite his non-traditional design, the creative director of the Hermès women's line.
During the 1980s, the Japanese avantgardists, with Rei Kawakubo—creator of the label Comme des Garçons—had turned the fashion scene upside-down with their eccentric and ground-breaking designs. Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six would carry on the work, revolting against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction, also embraced by the aforementioned Rei Kawakubo, is important for the understanding of Martin Margiela's fashion statement. Margiela famously redesigns by hand objects such
Mary Quant, OBE, FCSD (born 11 February 1934) is a Welsh fashion designer and British fashion icon, who was instrumental in the 1960s mod fashion movement. She was one of the designers who took credit for the miniskirt and hot pants, and by promoting these and other fun fashions she encouraged young people to dress to please themselves and to treat fashion as a game.
Ernestine Carter, an authoritative and influential fashion journalist of the 1950s and 60s, wrote: "It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior, and Mary Quant".
Quant was born in Blackheath, southeast London, on 11 February 1934, the daughter of Welsh teachers. Her parents, Jack and Mary Quant, were both from mining families. They had been awarded scholarships to grammar school and had both attained first-class degrees at Cardiff University, before moving to London to work as schoolteachers. Quant went to Blackheath High School, then studied illustration at Goldsmiths College. After gaining a Diploma in Art Education from Goldsmiths, Quant began an apprenticeship at Erik, a high-end Mayfair milliner on Brook
Mohammad Mehdi is a fashion designer in Pakistan.
Mohammad Mehdi, a graduate of PSFD (affiliated with La Chambre Syndicate de la Couture parisienne, France) took up his passion for sculpture and pottery after completing his degree but decided to switch to fashion designing in 2002, by creating a small collection. The success of that collection led to launch of the brand Mehdi in 2004.Today Mehdi is one of the top most brands of Pakistan, producing and delivering the most stunning and glamorous designs for the people in love with fashion. Mehdi has a loyal clientele and admirers of his work, both at home as well as abroad. Mehdi has done several fashion shows all over the world. Mehdi’s fashion shows met tremendous success in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, New York, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Romania. His collection is available in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. His label has adorned a huge number of magazine covers. Mehdi does not believe in what is in and what is out, he rather believes in statements. He always promises to create a silhouette with a perfect fit, alluring cut, a dreamy fall of the design and mouth watering colors
Adrien Victor Sauvage (born 30 May 1983) is an English fashion designer, director and photographer of Akan desent. His short film, This is not a Suit released in 2011, garnered international recognition and was nominated for the official selection into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Adrien Sauvage was born in Wandsworth, London. From the age of 13 he played professional basketball, representing Great Britain at an International level. After taking an early retirement from basketball, Sauvage began working as a stylist and personal shopper under the name of Untiled Muse with female clients of a socially highstanding position. Whilst working with these clients, Sauvage began to style the husbands of his clients, and quickly moved from styling to designing when he saw that their sartorial needs could not be met. With no formal training, Sauvage created looks which were inkeeping of his mantra ‘DE’ – Dress Easy.
In January 2010, Sauvage announced the creation of the A. Sauvage brand. Sauvage was later joined in this venture by his former client and muse George Lamb. The collection was received instantly by world renowned department store Harrods, and London boutique Matches. To run
Alexandre Herchcovitch (Portuguese pronunciation: [aleˌʃɐ̃dɾi heʁʃkoˈvitʃ], born in 21 July 1971, in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian fashion designer. He's of Jewish descent, his grandparents emigrated from Poland and Romania.
Alexandre Herchcovitch is a designer who is able to transform classic into modern, simple into glamorous, easy into complex. His designs have been sent down the runways of New York, Paris, London and São Paulo Fashion Weeks. Best known for avant-garde designs and eclectic prints, his trademark skulls became an icon of Brazilian youth in the nineties. Changing the way the world thinks about Brazilian fashion, coupled with his new Japanese store and concessions in New York, Herchcovitch is fast becoming a big and serious name in the fashion world.
Selected products of his are sold in the USA, Canada, England, France, Spain and Australia. His first store in Tokyo has recently opened. Herchcovitch chose Tokyo where a good part of his collections are purchased and where he has become somewhat of a fashion guru. The 1,076 sq ft (100.0 m) store, which sits in the hip Daikanyama district carries his men's, women's and denim collections and is operated in
Christian Marie Marc Lacroix (French pronunciation: [kʁistjɑ̃ lakʁwa]; born 16 May 1951) is a French fashion designer. The name may also refer to the company he founded.
Lacroix was born in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône in southern France. At a young age he began sketching historical costumes and fashions. Lacroix graduated from high school in 1969 and moved to Montpellier, to study Art History at the University of Montpellier. In 1971, he enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris. While working on a dissertation on dress in French 18th-century painting, Lacroix also pursued a program in museum studies at the École du Louvre. His aspiration during this time was to become a museum curator. It was during this time he met his future wife Françoise Rosenthiel, whom he married in 1974.
In 1987 he opened his own couture house. He began putting out ready-to-wear in 1988 drawing inspiration from diverse cultures. Critics commented that he did not seem to understand the type of clothing the working woman needed. In 1989, Lacroix launched jewelry, handbags, shoes, glasses, scarves and ties (along with ready-to-wear). In this same year, he opened boutiques within Paris, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse,
Elie Tahari (born 1952 in Jerusalem) is an Israeli-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. Elie Tahari, Ltd., the company he founded, has annual revenue of around $1 to 2.5 million.
Tahari was born in 1952 in Jerusalem, the eldest son of a Persian Jewish couple. He has two sisters, Aliza and Diana. The family immigrated to Israel from Iran and lived then in the transition camp of Al-Qastal, now Mevasseret Zion. In 1953–1957 the family returned to Iran, then came again to Israel. As his parents divorced and his father remarried, Elie was sent by the Israeli social services into an orphanage ("Sde Hemed") in Rishon Lezion, later moving to Tel Aviv ("Maon Hayeled"). The following years of his youth were spent in Kvutzat Schiller and in an Israeli Air Force boarding school in Haifa.
Tahari immigrated to the United States in 1971 as an electrician. Moving to New York he sought work in Manhattan's Garment District, sleeping many nights at a YMCA hotel, or on the benches of Central Park. Selling clothing from a boutique in Greenwich Village introduced him to women's fashion, and he began designing women's fashion inspired by the New York City nightclub
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli's designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Alberto Giacometti. Her clients included the heiress Daisy Fellowes and actress Mae West.
Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and her business closed in 1954.
Schiaparelli was born at the Palazzo Corsini in Rome. Her mother, Maria-Luisa, was a Neapolitan aristocrat, and her father, Celestino Schiaparelli, was a renowned scholar and curator of medieval manuscripts. Her father was Dean of the University of Rome and an authority on Sanskrit. She was a niece of astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who discovered the so-called canali of Mars, and she spent hours with him studying the heavens. She studied philosophy at the University of Rome, during which she published a book of sensual poems that shocked her conservative family. Schiaparelli was sent to a convent until she went on hunger strike and at the age of 22 accepted a job
Eric Gaskins (born 1958) is a New York based fashion designer known for his craftsmanship and technique.
Gaskins was born in Germany and grew up in Groton, MA. He attended Lawrence Academy and graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Fine Arts. He moved to Paris where he was trained by Hubert Givenchy. After his return to the United States he designed for Koos Van Den Akker, Bob Evans, and Scott Barrie. In 1987, he launched his own label in New York, where he currently lives. His design philosophy is “to create clothes that are essential, without artifice or contrivance”.
Gaskins releases his couture collections four times annually under his own line. It is modern day and evening wear. He mainly focuses on dresses, suits, and gowns.
His designs have been featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Spy, Bazaar, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Palm Beach Illustrated. Other significant editorial coverage included such magazines and television programs as: Self, New Woman, Elle, Essence and Entertainment Tonight. Among his celebrity clients are Salma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Geena Davis, Maria Shriver, Jada Pinkett, Jennifer Lopez, Allison Janney, Kim
Hanae Mori (森 英恵 Mori Hanae, born January 8, 1926, in Yoshika, Shimane, /həˌnɑːeɪ ˈmɔːri/) is a fashion designer in Japan. She is the only Japanese woman to have presented her collections on the runways of Paris and New York, and the first Asian woman to be admitted as an official haute couture design house by the fédération française de la couture in France. She is also the most honored female designer in Japan. Being one of the first women to have a career in Japan, she is widely regarded as an icon of the liberated women. Her fashion house, opened in Japan in 1951, grew to become a $500 million international business by the 1990s.
After graduating from Tokyo Women's Christian University, Hanae Mori married and attended dress-making school. She opened her first atelier in 1951 and over the next several years designed costumes for hundreds of movies. In 1965, she successfully presented her first New York collection, "East Meets West". Twelve years later, she opened an haute couture showroom in Paris, leading to her appointment as a member of La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Mori designed three consecutive uniforms for the stewardesses (flight attendants) of Japan Air
Jeff Banks CBE (born 17 March 1943) is a Welsh designer of men's and women's clothing, jewellery, and home furnishings. Born in Ebbw Vale, Wales, Banks co-founded the fashion chain Warehouse in the late 1970s. He later created and presented the television programme The Clothes Show, broadcast on BBC One from 1986 to 2000.
Banks was born in the Monmouthshire valleys of South Wales, at Ebbw Vale. His sheet metal worker father left his mother when Banks was eight, and she consequently decided to move to London, England.
He was offered a scholarship to independent public school St Dunstan's College, in Catford, South London, but his mother couldn't afford the uniform. He went to Brockley County Grammar School instead, but still without a uniform. In order to afford a uniform he set up his own business buying paraffin at the bottom of the hill, then pushing it up in an old pram, and selling it for a penny more at the top of the hill. By age 13 he was employing a man to drive a lorry-based tanker, and at 15 he sold the business.
Encouraged by a teacher to study art and become a painter, he realised his art skills were limited during his first year at London's Camberwell School of Art,
Kenneth Cole (born March 23, 1954) is an American clothing designer.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, his father, Charles Cole, owned the El Greco shoe manufacturing company. Before learning the family business and starting his own company in 1982, Cole graduated from Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University in 1976.
Cole is Jewish. In 1986, Cole met Maria Cuomo, and they married a year later. Maria Cuomo Cole is the daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and sister of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and ABC News journalist Chris Cuomo. One of his daughters, Amanda, hosted the Mets Kids Clubhouse for SportsNet New York cable TV network.
Kenneth Cole and wife Maria Cuomo Cole purchased a $14.5 million co-op in 2008 on Sutton Place in New York City. At one time, fashion designer Bill Blass lived in this same building.
Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. Wanting to preview his line of shoes at Market Week at the New York Hilton, but unable to afford the purchase of a hotel room or showroom to display his items, Kenneth Cole inquired about parking a trailer two blocks from the Hilton Hotel. When
Kenzo Takada (高田賢三 Takada Kenzō, born 27 February 1939 in Himeji, Japan) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is also the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes.
Kenzo's love for fashion developed at an early age, particularly through reading his sisters' magazines. He shortly attended the University of Kobe, where he felt bored and eventually withdrew, against the will of his family. In 1958, he joined a fashion school, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College, which had then just opened its doors to male students.
After earning his diploma, he settled in Paris in 1964. He was trying to gain a place in the fashion environment; attending shows, making contacts with the media and selling sketches.
Kenzo's first designs started because he could only afford to buy his fabrics from flea sales. As a result, Kenzo had to mix many bold fabrics together to make one garment.
Kenzo's success started in 1970: during this year he presented his first show at the Vivienne Gallery; his first store, "Jungle Jap" was opened; and one of his models appeared in the cover of ELLE. His collection was presented in New York and Tokyo in 1971. The next year, he won the Fashion
Anne Elisabeth Jane "Liz" Claiborne (March 31, 1929 – June 26, 2007) was a Belgian-born American fashion designer and entrepreneur. Claiborne is best known for co-founding Liz Claiborne Inc. which in 1986 became the first company founded by a woman to make the Fortune 500. Claiborne was the first woman to become chairperson and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Claiborne was born in Brussels to American parents. She came from a prominent Louisiana family with an ancestor William C.C. Claiborne having been Governor of Louisiana during the War of 1812. In 1939, at the start of World War II, the family returned to New Orleans. She attended St. Timothy's, a boarding school then in Catonsville, Maryland and currently in Stevenson, Maryland. Rather than finishing high school, she went to Europe to study art in painters' studios. Her father did not believe that she needed an education, so she studied art informally.
In 1949, she won the Jacques Heim National Design Contest (sponsored by Harper's Bazaar), and then moved to New York City where she worked for years in the Garment District on Seventh Avenue as a sketch artist at the sportswear house Tina Leser. She worked as a designer for Dan
Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff-Gordon (née Sutherland) (13 June 1863 – 20 April 1935) was a leading fashion designer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, best known as "Lucile", her professional name. The first English designer to achieve international renown, Lucile was a widely acknowledged innovator in couture styles as well as in fashion industry public relations. Apart from originating the "mannequin parade", a precursor to the modern fashion show, and training the first professional models, she launched liberating slit skirts and low necklines, popularized less restrictive corsets, and promoted alluring, pared-down lingerie. She opened branches of her London house, Lucile Ltd, in Paris, New York City, and Chicago, dressing a trend-setting clientele of royalty, nobility, and stage and film personalities. Lucy Duff Gordon is also remembered as a survivor of the sinking of Titanic in 1912, and as the losing party in the precedent-setting 1917 contract law case of Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, in which Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo wrote the opinion for New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals.
Daughter of civil engineer Douglas Sutherland (1838–1865) and his
Manish Arora (Hindi:मनीष अरोरा) (Punjabi: ਮਨੀਸ਼ ਅਰੋੜਾ) is an Indian fashion designer based in New Delhi. In early 2011, he was appointed as creative director of the womenswear collection of the French fashion house Paco Rabanne.
Born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), Manish was studying to graduate in Commerce, when he decided to change his career path and applied for the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. He graduated in 1994 after winning the Best Student Award.
In 1997 Manish Arora launched his own label "Manish Arora" and started retailing in India. Three years later, Manish participated in the first-ever India Fashion Week held in New Delhi and represented India at the Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Arora launched his second label, "Fish Fry", in 2001. This colorful, sportswear-styled line was created in association with the athletic apparel manufacturer Reebok. During 2002 Manish opened his first flagship store, Manish Arora Fish Fry, in New Delhi and in the following year opened a second store in Mumbai. Another successful showing at India Fashion Week (2003) led to a stocking deal with the fashion house Maria Luisa (Paris) and the beginning of a
Max Azria (born January 1, 1949) is a French fashion designer of Tunisian Jewish descent who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is based in Los Angeles.
Max Azria was born in Sfax, Tunisia, as the youngest of 6 children. As a child, Max was educated in southeastern France before his family relocated to Paris, France, in 1963.
After 11 years of designing a line of women's apparel in Paris, Azria moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1981 and launched Jess, a series of new-concept retail boutiques for women's apparel.
In 1989, Azria launched BCBGMAXAZRIA, named for the French phrase "bon chic, bon genre," a Parisian slang meaning "good style, good attitude". Azria was credited for offering designer fashion at affordable price points and, as a result, was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1998. The BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway collection was first presented at New York Fashion Week in 1996.
Azria also maintains two eponymous designer collections, Max Azria Atelier and Max Azria. Launched in February 2004, Max
Miuccia Prada Italian pronunciation: [ˌmjuʧːa ˈpɾaːda] (born Miuccia Prada Bianchi; 10 May 1949) is an Italian fashion designer (Prada, Miu Miu) and entrepreneur. She also has a Ph.D. in political science.
Prada was born in Milan, the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, founder of the company. According to: Forbes.com's The World's Richest People 2001: "She and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. Since then, they've turned it into a fashion powerhouse, acquiring Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and shoemaker Church & Co." Prada is a collector of contemporary art and owns several artworks by Young British Artists (YBAs) including Damien Hirst. In 2002, she opened a contemporary art space, Fondazione Prada, which exhibits work by various international artists. Prada announced the winner of the 2010 Turner Prize.
Miuccia Prada was born on May 10, 1949 in Milan, Italy. After graduating with a PhD in political science, Miuccia attended Teatro Piccolo to study and perform as a mime for five years. She was known to be a member of the Communist party and a champion for women’s rights during the seventies in Milan. In 1978 she entered into
Nick Verreos (born February 13, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American fashion designer and contestant on the second season of the reality television program Project Runway.
Verreos was born in Missouri on February 13, 1967 to a Greek-American father and a Panamanian mother. Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, he spent his early childhood in Caracas, Venezuela after his father, a U.S. State Department diplomat in Panama, met his mother, whose great uncle had been the president of that country. At age 10, Verreos and his family moved back to the United States and he finished elementary and high school in San Francisco, California. He began college at UCLA, studying Political Science and International Relations, but after graduation, turned his interest to fashion design and pursued additional work at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. He completed the Advanced Fashion Design Program at FIDM.
After finishing studies at FIDM, Verreos immediately found success in the fashion industry. He won the Suisse du Jeune Talent competition, in which he represented the United States in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He began his career in Los Angeles working
Norman Norell (born Norman David Levinson on April 20, 1900 in Noblesville, Indiana; died October 25, 1972 in New York City, New York) was an American fashion designer known for his elegant suits and tailored silhouettes.
The son of a haberdasher, from early childhood Norell had an ambition to become an artist. After spending a short period at military school during World War I, he studied fashion design at the Pratt Institute. In 1922, he joined the New York studio of Paramount Pictures where he designed clothes for Gloria Swanson and other stars of silent movies. He then worked as a costume designer on Broadway, making the costumes for the Ziegfeld Follies and the Cotton Club, as well as for the Brooks Costume Company and for wholesale dress manufacturer Charles Armour. In 1928, he was hired by Hattie Carnegie and remained with her until 1941.
In 1943, Norell won a Coty Fashion Award and became a critic at Pratt Institute fashion department, where he was previously a student. Shortly afterwards Anthony Traina invited him to form the fashion company Traina-Norrell, with Traina looking after the business side and Norell the fashion side. By 1944, Norell had launched chemise
Oleg Cassini (11 April 1913 – 17 March 2006) was a French-born American fashion designer. Cassini dressed numerous stars creating some of the most memorable moments in international fashion and film. With his designs for Jacqueline Kennedy he garnered admiration and even awe, for American fashion design.
Oleg Cassini’s designs for the First Lady, ‘The Jackie Look’ are recognized as being the "single biggest fashion influence in history" by film costume designer, Edith Head. Cassini's contemporary designs such as the A-line, Sheath and the Empire Strapless continue to remain influential and predominant today.
His passions including sports and Native American culture fueled his work with freshness and imagination, creating innovative looks fueled by his very personal feeling that: "To be well dressed is a little like being in love."
He was born in Paris as Oleg Cassini Loiewski, the elder son of Countess Marguerite Cassini and her husband, Count Alexander Loiewski. His father was a Russian diplomat, and his maternal grandfather, Arthur Paul Nicholas Cassini, Marquis de Capuzzuchi di Bologna, Count Cassini, was the Russian ambassador to the United States during the administrations of
Pearl Lowe (born 7 April 1970) is an English singer-songwriter turned fashion and textiles designer.
She was the vocalist of mid-1990s indie bands Powder and Lodger, which she fronted after a brief period at LAMDA, and as a solo-artist under the name Pearl. Throughout her music career, Lowe was nicknamed Pearl Spam by journalists in the NME.
In 2001 she launched 'Pearl Lowe', her signature range of lace curtains and cushions. In 2006 Lowe started designing her own bespoke handmade dresses that sold exclusively for Libertys in London, she was quickly snapped up by the budget chain Peacocks where she designs a capsule range four times a year.
Lowe published her memoir All That Glitters in 2007, a sombre look at overcoming addiction.
Pearl is managed by Carol Hayes Management for her TV work and was briefly the face of Agent Provocateur. Lowe was an ambassador for the homeless charity Crisis, but is now an ambassador for Action on Addiction.
Since 1995 her partner has been Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, with whom she has three children, Alfie (born 1996), Frankie (born 1999) and Betty (born 2005). Goffey and Lowe married on December 4, 2008, in Babington House, Somerset.
Rick Owens (born 1961) is an American fashion designer hailing from California, celebrated for his avant garde and subversive eye.
He is married to Michele Lamy. Since 2003, Rick Owens has lived in Paris.
Born and raised in Porterville, California, Owens studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons (now known as Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College leading to work in the garment industry doing knock offs of designer clothing. His own label, begun in 1994 found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years. In 2001, he signed with Italian sales agent Eo Bocci Associati for worldwide distribution, and his production moved to Italy. His birth name is Richard Saturnino Owens.
He began to receive attention when an image of Kate Moss shot by Corinne Day appeared in Vogue Paris, featuring one of Owens' fitted distressed leather jackets. He showed his first runway collection in September 2002 during New York Fashion Week. The show was sponsored by American Vogue and Anna Wintour, who also
Rohit Bal is a Kashmiri Pandit fashion designer from New Delhi, India. He designs for both men and women.
Rohit Bal was born in Kashmir and graduated from St. Stephens College with a degree in history. He also studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Bal started his career with his brother Rajiv Bal in New Delhi in 1986, and started his own first independent collection in 1990.
Bal was also chosen by the Khadi Gram Udyog, the largest handloom textile operation in India, to work with them. Bal won the 'Designer of the Year' award at the Indian Fashion Awards in 2006. He was also won 'Designer of the Year' at the Kingfisher Fashion Achievement Awards in 2001. He was announced as the Lakme Grand Finale Designer for 2012.
Bal has designed for the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Bal opened a flagship store in Delhi, as well as stores in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai. Bal has also ventured into the designing jewellery.
Bal's clientele list includes Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and Anna Kournikova. Most of his fashion shows in India, New York, Paris and Singapore are sponsored by The Swatch Group. He has also been the
Stéphane Rolland (pronounced: [ste.fan ʁɔ.lɑ̃]) is a French fashion designer and an haute couture fashion brand.
Rolland spent his childhood in the South of France, Argentina and the West Indies. He studied fashion in Paris at l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture.
At the age of 20 Rolland joined Balenciaga and within a year was promoted to the position of Creative Director of menswear and international licenses. At 24, he left Balenciaga to start his own prêt-à-porter company, which he ran for six years, until Jean-Louis Scherrer asked him to become the artistic manager of his haute couture fashion house, a position he occupied for the next ten years.
Rolland simultaneously worked as a costume designer. In 2006 and 2007, he was nominated for the prestigious Molière awards and became an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival.
On the 2 July 2007, Rolland presented a couture collection under his own name.
Rolland is a full member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and therefore his brand can officially bear the "haute couture" label.
Tufi Duek (born May 31, 1954 in Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian fashion designer, creator of the Triton and Forum (marketed outside Brazil as Tufi Duek) brands, which have an international following.
Yotam Solomon (born March 28, 1987) is a Los Angeles-based, Israeli-born fashion designer. Yotam Solomon's designs from his collection YOTAM SOLOMON have been seen on celebrities such as Nikki Reed, Christian Serratos, Monet Mazur, Stacy Keibler, Kim Kardashian, etc.
Solomon's grandparents migrated from Austria and Hungary to Israel after the Holocaust. A son of Israeli-born parents, Yotam grew up in Israel and attended art school through his teen years. A viola prodigy since he was young, Solomon moved to Los Angeles in 2003. He attended Beverly Hills High School and graduated from Santa Susana High School, where he received the National Orchestra Award in 2005. After Santa Susana High School, Yotam attended FIDM for Fashion Design and graduated with honors.
After graduation, Solomon acquired a pattern-making position for a men’s label. This job opportunity inspired him to start his own label, presenting his first Spring-Summer 2008 Ready to Wear and Footwear Collection during LA Fashion Week, October 2007. Since, Yotam has showcased successful collections in LA and New York fashion weeks.
As a devoted supporter of the arts, Yotam explained his thoughts about the art world from a