There are so many top fashion designers in the industry from all corners of the planet. They all have special gifts and many have stayed relevant through many decades. But only a select few have truly transformed the entire industry. Here are the top 5 designers who changed everything.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel
1. Calvin Klein
Calvin Richard Klein (November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer and the founder of Calvin Klein Inc., which he founded in 1968. He has his name on a variety of perfumes, watches, and jewelry in addition to clothing.
2. Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Otto Lagerfeld is a fashion designer. He was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist who lived from September 10, 1933, to February 19, 2019. He was the creative director of Chanel, a French fashion firm, from 1983 until his death, as well as the creative director of Fendi, an Italian fur and leather goods design house, and his own namesake fashion label. He was involved in a number of fashion and art initiatives. Lagerfeld’s distinctive white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high, starched, detachable collars were well-known.
3. Donna Karan
Donna Karan, often known as “DK,” is an American fashion designer and the originator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing lines. She was born on October 2, 1948.
4. Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer who was born on April 9, 1963. He is the creative director of Marc Jacobs, his own fashion company, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion brand that was produced for 15 years before being discontinued after the 2015 fall/winter season. There were approximately 200 retail outlets in 80 countries at one time.
From 1997 to 2014, he was the creative director of the French fashion business Louis Vuitton. Jacobs was ranked #14 on Out magazine’s 2012 list of “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America” and was named to Time magazine’s “2010 Time 100” list of the world’s 100 most influential people. On April 6, 2019, he married Charly Defrancesco, his longtime partner.
5. Tom Ford
Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is a fashion designer and filmmaker from the United States. After working as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, he founded his own luxury label in 2005. The films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2009) were both written and directed by Ford (2016). He is now the chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Board of Directors.
Without these 5 top fashion designers, I seriously doubt the fashion industry would have followed the path it has today. The real question is who will lead the direction over the next ten or twenty years is really a hard question to answer. I do see a shift to a more global influence so it is fair to say they may appear from unexpected places in the world.
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