Whether you’re interested in fashion or not, you probably know the names of some of the biggest fashion brands out there – Armani, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, etc. However, usually, the masterminds behind the brands are camera-shy and steer clear of media attention to focus on their craft. In case you ever wondered what the faces behind those beautiful, out-of-this-world and madly expensive designs looked like, we have compiled a list of the faces behind the most famous fashion brands.
The fairy godmother of every white wedding, Vera Wang was born in 1949 and raised in New York City. An avid figure skater, Vera tried to make it to the US Olympic team and failed, therefore this has prompted her to turn to another passion of hers – fashion. Upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, Vera was hired to be an editor at Vogue making her the youngest editor at that magazine. She worked there for 17 years, then spend 2 years at Ralph Lauren, when finally, at the age of 40 Vera became an independent bridal wear designer. Vera got her start in bridal fashion before her own wedding in 1989. She was unsatisfied with the choices of wedding dresses available, so she designed her own. Now, her feminine and fairy-tale-like dresses amassed many fans, including Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham and even the one and only Michelle Obama.
Mr. Giorgio Armani probably needs no introduction. The genius was born in Italy and is now known for his clean and tailored lines in the clothes. Back in 2001 he was proclaimed to be the most successful Italian designer ever. If that’s not enough, Mr. Armani is credited for pioneering red-carpet fashion.
Born in the Big Apple, Marc Jacobs attended the High School of Art and Design and studied at the Parsons School of Design. At the moment, he is the head designer for his own fashion label Marc Jacobs which is known for its feminine and sometimes quirky style. Back in 2016, the Council of Fashion Designers of America have announced Marc to be Womenswear Designer of the Year.
pple, Marc Jacobs attended the High School of Art and Design and studied at the Parsons School of Design. At the moment, he is the head designer for his own fashion label Marc Jacobs which is known for its feminine and sometimes quirky style. Back in 2016, the Council of Fashion Designers of America have announced Marc to be Womenswear Designer of the Year.
Gianni’s mother was a seamstress, so the boy spent majority of his childhood learning how to sew. He opened his first Versace boutique in 1978 and quickly became an international sensation. Versace clothes took inspiration from the contemporary and pop cultures. Gianni was also one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world.
The youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia Bianchi Prada took over the family business in 1978. One of the best dressed women in the world (as per Forbes), Miuccia is the head designer of the luxury brand Prada and the founder of its subsidiary Miu Miu. Although most of her designed goods look more like pieces of art than actual clothes, Miuccia abstains from merging fashion with art by proclaiming that “Art is for expressing ideas and for expressing a vision. My job is to sell.”
Calvin Klein is yet another man who needs no thorough introduction. His name has become a proper noun and he is credited for being an amazing businessman that took undergarment fashion to a whole new level. Thanks to this New York City native, the world is going crazy for panties with a CK line on them. Of course, that’s not all that he crafts – the brand Calvin Klein also produces clothes, perfume and accessories.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Best known for her iconic wrap dress, Diane von Fürstenberg (born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin) is a Belgian-born designer. Back in 1974, she introduced the knitted jersey “wrap dress” and the fashion world went mad. Fast-forward to today, she is the president of Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and one of the most notable women designers ever.
Dolce & Gabbana
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in Milan in 1980 when working for the same fashion house and created their own label five years later. Dolce & Gabbana became known for their sensual and sexy style, often inspired by classic and feminine looks of the women of Sicily. The genius pair are partners in both business and their personal life.
When Manolo was 28, he started to a column about footwear in the legendary Vogue magazine in London. A year later, he opened his own footwear boutique named after himself. At the age of 32, the designer became the second man in history to have appeared on the cover of Vogue. Now, Manolo Blahnik shoes are coveted by celebrities and were even called the fifth character on the Sex and the City series.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean-Paul Gaultier grew up in the suburbs of Paris. When Jean-Paul was a kid, his grandmother introduced him to the world of fashion. Interestingly enough, the now world-famous designer and a creative genius never received formal training. Instead, he drew sketches and started sending them to famous couturiers at a young age. Thankfully, Pierre Cardin saw his talent and was so impressed, that he hired Jean-Paul as his assistant back in 1970.
Tommy (born Thomas Jacob Hilfiger) sure knows what it’s like to fail – when he was just 20 years old, he opened his own clothing store but went bankrupt in 5 years. After bankruptcy, he moved to New York City – the fashion capital of the US – where he worked for several brands. By the age of 28, he once again took a shot at creating his own clothing company, called Tommy Hill. Six years later, he established the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation which was destined to become one of the most recognizable fashion brands in the world.
Michael Kors, who was born in Long Island, is a designer mostly known for his glamorous but timeless pieces. His passion for the craft of designing emerged early and at the age of 5, he even redesigned his mother’s wedding dress for her second marriage. During his teenage years, he would sell the clothes he made from his parents’ basement. In 1981, Kors launched his Michael Kors women’s label at Bergdorf Goodman and today he has an incredible fanbase, alongside with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Roland Mouret was born in France and after high school, he studied at a fashion college in Paris for three months. Even though he lacked some technical skills, this didn’t stop him from designing. His big break through came in 2006 when he introduced his Galaxy dress in his Spring collection. Suddenly, it became the dress of the year and the majority of celebrities fell under Roland’s spell.
Donna Karan an American fashion designer and the owner of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. Donna was born in Queens, New York and after high school, went to Parsons School of Design. Ms. Karan is often nicknamed as The Queen Of Seventh Avenue and has always insisted that she would only create clothes which she would wear herself. Naturally, she has a lot of fans who love her feminine, creative but simple designs.
Thierry Mugler, a designer known for his impeccably structured designs, was born in France. In 1973, Mugler presented his first clothes collection called “Café de Paris”. Even years later, the designer still finds new and fresh ideas, which are inspired by the weirdest of things – insects, robots, aliens. An interesting and not so well-known fact is that Thierry is actually a very avid… bodybuilder.
Stella McCartney is a British designer, known for many as the daughter of the famous former Beatle Paul McCartney. However, Stella has proved herself to be so much more than that. She designed her first jacket at the age of thirteen. Now, Stella is known for her feminine, soft clothes for which the designer never uses leather or fur, as she is a passionate animals-rights and ecology activist.
Since a young age, Christian loved making shoes and has done so for fashion houses such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon. When he turned 27, he decided that he wanted to create his own brand and opened a store. His business gained recognition from Hollywood celebrities and socialites, who fell in love with his footwear, making him one of the most notable footwear designers in fashion history.
Kenzō Takada – a legendary Japanese designer – moved to Paris after graduating from Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College. He then set up shop in the city and created clothes from fabrics he bought from flea markets. His success began in 1970 and today, Kenzō is one of the most renowned designers in the world and is the acting Honorary President of the Asian Couture Federation.
Alexander Wang – the hero of all the cool kids – is an American designer, known for urban and sleek designs. He was born in San Francisco and at the age of 18, same as many other designers and stylists, he moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. In 2007, two years after graduating, Alexander presented a women’s ready-to-wear collection on the New York catwalk and received critical acclaim. His fanbase steadily grew and now, among many others, Rihanna is a huge fan of his urban and refreshing clothes and accessories, which should be enough evidence that Mr. Wang sure knows his craft.
When Roberto was young, he studied weaving techniques, which he found to be fascinating. This inspired him to drop out of school and open his own textile printing business, that slowly but surely made a name for itself in the fashion world. At the age of 32, the designer presented his first ready-to-wear collection in Paris. Not long after, he opened a fashion boutique in Saint-Tropez and his name became synonymous with glamorous and sexy style.\