top 12 world's best-ever women fashion designers

Through this blog article, we are going to disclose those women fashion designers who gave new meaning, look, and identity to the fashion world. Similarly, these top 12 world’s best-ever women fashion designers played their pivotal role and dedicated their entire life to fashion and fashion-related things. They not only innovated the way we dress but also changed fashion outlook and get up for ramp walk. These best-ever women fashion designers truly dominated the diverse world of vogue. Although, they are no more alive however their fashion creativity and ideas are still being followed by many. In fact, these best-ever fashion designer women are the source of inspiration for many women. We pay tribute to these iconic personalities of the world of fashion for their ever-lasting contributions. Let’s now know about these top 12 world’s best-ever women fashion designers one by one.

top 12 world's best-ever women fashion designers

Madeleine Vionnet ( 1876 – 1975)

Madeleine Vionnet is a renowned French women’s fashion designer that dominated the world of fashion 20th century. She is mainly known for her “bias-cut dress” art. She used to cut “bias-cut dress” at a 45-degree angle. Her particular dress cut style became so much famous during the 1920s to 1930s era. The bias-cut dress the longer skirts, creating a figure-hugging style became so famous at that time.  This particular dressing style flared out at the hemline as well. Being a fashion designer she rejected corsets and buttons in favor of the bias cut.

Madeleine Vionnet

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971)

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer businesswoman, founder, and namesake of the present-day Chanel brand. She is credited in the post-World War I era in which she popularized sporty and casual chic as the feminine standard style of that particular time. Chanel never married in her entire life possibly due to living an orphanage life in her childhood. She wanted to free women and give them freedom. She believed that fashion gives freedom to women and fashion is the perfect platform for expressing their feelings and emotions. Coco is also known for its timeless designs, trademark suits, and blackish dresses.

Coco Chanel

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973)

Although Elsa was born in Italy she worked and lived in France where she died. Schiaparelli is mainly famous for her “Tear Dress”. She had unique but surprising fashion ideas. Her fashion design philosophy revolved around Surrealism, contemporaneous events, erotic fantasy, traditional and avant-garde art. Elsa always wanted women to feel beautiful, daring, and independent. Similarly, Schiaparelli wanted women to wear insect jewelry, clown prints, and shoes on their heads.


Elsa Schiaparelli

Edith Head (1897 – 1981)

Edith Head was an American costume and fashion designer. However, she is mainly famous due to her costume designing skills and art. Edith is the most awarded woman ever in the history of cinema and film academy awards. Head had won 8 academy awards due to her amazing fashion designs. She is, without doubt, a role model for many young women who dream to have their careers in the film industry and fashion world.

Edith Head

Valentina (1899 – 1989)

Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee was a Ukrainian fashion and theatrical costume designer. She is quite famous due to her artistic creation of ” Valentina’s Gowns.” On the other hand, Sanina also developed her rapport as a stage costume designer and introduced her own perfume named “My Own” perfume.

Valentina Fashion Designer

Madame Gres (1903 – 1993)

Madame Gres was a French couturier and costume designer. She is mainly remembered as a founder of an haute couture fashion house. Similarly, Madame’s perfumes became the source of huge fame and success for her. Additionally, Gres is regarded as one of the pioneers of  the “Sphinx of Fashion.”  Like Valentina, Madame is also remembered for her floor-length draped Grecian goddess gowns. This is why Gres is known as the queen of drapery.


Madame Gres Gown Exhibition in Paris

Claire McCardell ( 1905 – 1958)

This lovely American fashion designer was so famous due to designing ready-to-wear clothing in the twentieth century. Claire brought a revolution in the history of women’s fashion and clothing. She is best regarded due to her “Monastic Dress” artwork. Additionally, McCardell introduced her innovative ideas of blue-jean stitching, trouser pleats, and pockets in women’s clothing. This made her the most influential fashion designer in American fashion history.

Claire McCardell

Bonnie Cashin (1907 – 2000)

Bonnie Cashin was the most copied American fashion designer. Bonnie is considered a pioneer in the history of the design of American sportswear. Similarly, Cashin created innovative and simple clothing that served modern independent women.  She opened her own business (Bonnie Cashin Designs) and also worked for Philip Sills. Bonnie designed leather, purse, gloves, coach leatherware, jersey, canvas, and woolen cloths.

Bonnie Cashin

Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2015)

Sonia Rykiel the queen of knits was a French fashion designer and writer. Sonia’s knitwear designs and new fashion techniques made her so famous in the world of fashion designing. Additionally, Rykiel introduced different fashion design techniques and artistic ways. She loved black garments and put seams on the outside of a black dress. Sonia also worked with H.M as a fast fashion (ready to wear) designer.


Sonia Rykiel

Gloria Vanderbilt (1924 – 2019)

Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, and model. She started her career as a model when she was just 15 years old. She appeared as a fashion model in an American fashion magazine named “Harper’s Bazaar”. Gloria loved jeans and said that jeans are a perfect fit for every woman. She is regarded as one of the fashion icons in American fashion history.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021)

Elsa Peretti was an Italian fashion model and jewelry designer. She recently passed away in 2021. Elsa started her career as a fashion model in Barcelona Spain and later she moved to America. Halton was a great admirer of Peretti. According to Halston, “Elsa had style and she made the dress she was modeling her own.” Similarly, she designed jewelry for various brands such as  Halston, Tiffany & Co.

Elsa Peretti

Kate Spade (1962 – 2018)

Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade or simply Kate Spade was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. Kate was the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. Spade got fame in women’s purses and handbag designing. However, later on, she also designed fast fashion for teenagers and women. She also earned a big name in interior house design apparel. However, her luxury handbags and purses became her identity.  Kate Spade


These top 12 world’s best ever women fashion designers are my choice list. Your choice may vary as well. Similarly, there are enormous lovely women fashion designers. Hence, your choice may vary in this regard.

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