It was in the 19th century that fashion design is generally considered to have started, when Charles F. Worth became the first fashion designer to sew his label into the garments he created. This led to the establishment of a fashion industry whose professional fashion designers, mostly self-employed did fashion designing for individual clients and changed trends. Others cater to specialty stores or high-fashion department stores e.g. Ralph Lauren, whose line of Polo fashion clothing is carried by all the high-ton department stores.
Names of haute couture designers to make their mark in the fashion world read like an honour roll with Chanel, John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Versace, all of whom created one of a kind original garments, including establishing fashion trends for the season. Split into haute couture, ready to wear and mass market, some of the best fashion designs, such as, from the House of Versace design for celebrities like Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Demi Moore, and Versace designs can be seen on display at all Versace hotels worldwide.
However, some of the top ten designers in the world include, Valentino Garavani, an Italian who knows how to make a woman look like a goddess. His shows speak for themselves, the one place one is sure to find a Valentino dress on the red carpet. Having proven his talent as the Kind of Elegance, he has dressed many of the worlds’ most famous leading ladies, such as, Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor.
The extremely talented Tom Ford is not only the Creative Director for Gucci; he is also Creative Director for Yves Saint Laurent, winning the Best International Designer Award in 2000.
British fashion designer John Galliano, the creative supreme at the House of Dior is amongst one of the world’s best fashion designers. Creating designs with a historical influence, he has worked hard to gain the title of Chief Designer at Givenchy and the House of Christian Dior. John Galliano designs are extremely popular amongst the swish set and acclaimed the world over, for his unique touch in bringing fantasy to reality in the fashion world. In 1998, he went on to win the Designer of the Year award and has been a part of the fashion world for well over a decade.
Donatella Versace, a little flamboyant has taken over her late brother Gianni Versace’s already flawless design house, and following in his footsteps, has become known for her sexy, yet elegant designs. Then there is Alexander McQueen known for his innovative and theatrical creations that are not only beautiful, but also colourful and raw. Known for her celebration of the exuberant, Betsey Johnson’s designs are brilliant, bold and fun. Funky, edgy, they have a lifetime of flare.
Ralph Lauren, possibly be the king of ready-to wear is known for dressing the most beautiful in the prep world. His lines include Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Sport, and the Ralph Lauren collections. Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, household names are well-known for making Stars look like Stars, while every woman who wears D&G feels confident and sexy. March Jacobs, an incredibly talented designer makes everyone who wears his designs feel they are the cutting edge of fashion. His 1960’s housewife inspired dresses in this year’s collection were not only cute, but incredibly feminine, as well.
Last but not least, we have Stella McCartney, who despite being the new girl on the block, has managed to carve a niche for herself in the fashion world. Daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, supermodels Kate Moss, Yasmin Le Bon and Naomi Campbell have cat walked in her designer creations. The chief fashion designer of Paris fashion house Chloe, she has given the world the best of her funky and feminine designs, dressing the likes of Liv Tyler, Madonna, and Cameron Diaz. She even designed Madonna’s wedding dress and earned the VH1 / Vogue Fashion and Music Designer of the Year award in 2000.
But, no one re-defined women’s fashions as Coco Chanel, who was not just a designer, but an icon in the fashion industry. Chanel played a huge role in designing the modern woman: independent, fashionable, self-sustaining, sexy, intelligent, and unique. Coco Chanel’s fashion design industry thrives under the watchful eyes of style legend Karl Lagerfeld.