Famous Fashion Designers
Fashion designing is a unique job which requires a lot of creativity and skills. There are many famous fashion designers who have changed the world of fashion and have become a role model for others.
Designers often get inspiration from everything. They might cite nature, art or their own personal experiences as sources of inspiration.
Born in 1940, in Florence, Italy, Roberto Cavalli was immersed in a creative environment since childhood. He enrolled at the local art institute and focused on textile print. By the 1970s, he invented and patented an innovative printing procedure for leather and gained commissions from Hermes and Pierre Cardin.
In 1972, he showcased his debut namesake line for pret-a-porter in the Sala Bianca (White Hall) of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. His patchwork evening gowns, mini dresses and maxi coats in printed leather provoked amazement and instant success.
In the 1980s, Cavalli met model and designer Eva Duringer while judging a beauty pageant and they got married. Duringer is now an integral part of the brand and manages the business side of the company. The pair have two children Christiana and Tommaso from their first marriage. This embroidered denim jacket and silk crepe-de-chine bustier from the Spring 2003 collection embodied Cavalli’s sexy aesthetic. It also reflected the trend for historical allusion and reinvention that 21st-century designers so often pursue.
Marc Jacobs is one of the most prolific fashion designers on the planet. He has multiple lines of clothing, bags, shoes, and fragrances that have all made a big impact on the industry. Jacobs’ eclectic style combines high fashion with subculture references that connect with youth culture. His childhood experience of losing his father and working as a stock boy at the upscale Manhattan clothing boutique Charivari gave him a taste for fashion (Vogue). Jacobs went on to study at Parsons School of Design and eventually landed at Perry Ellis where he won the Gold Thimble Award and Design Student of the Year.
During his tenure at the label Jacobs and partner Robert Duffy created their now famous Spring-Summer 1993 grunge collection that shocked and awed the fashion world. This collection fueled the trend of grunge that continues to influence current generations. Jacobs has also tapped into New York’s art scene with his collaboration with visual artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana is a fashion house founded by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The brand is known for its mix of traditional Italian culture with modern styles. In fact, one of their designs, the Sicilian dress, is considered one of the most iconic dresses ever made.
The brand has seen a rise in popularity amongst the younger generations, including Gen Z and Y. This generation appreciates Dolce & Gabbana’s originality and heritage. They are also attracted to the brand’s flamboyant yet elegant collections.
This is why the brand has partnered with London-based South Korean designer Sohee Park (whose clothes have been worn by Cardi B and Miley Cyrus). This partnership shows that the brand is trying to reach the younger generation. Moreover, the brand is also trying to connect with emerging designers in order to gain credibility and trust from this generation. In a sense, it is similar to how CPG companies work with niche players to attract the right customers.
Paul Smith is a quintessential British designer who has been in the fashion industry since the 70s. From collaborations with iconic celebrities like David Bowie to working with companies such as Mercian Cycles, Anglepoise and Leica, Smith has become a staple name in the world of fashion.
The renowned London-based brand is a combination of tradition and modernity. Its collections take inspiration from music, art, contemporary lifestyles and exotic foreign inputs.
Sir Paul Smith has built his success through a combination of creativity and business acumen. He is well-versed in ecommerce and has established strong relationships with retailers such as Mr Porter and Matches. His designs are relatively traditional but offer a twist that allows men to stand out from the crowd. He also takes a great interest in his staff and ensures that everyone in the company has an equal share of the profit. His philosophy is simple: treat your employees as you would want to be treated.