Fashion has continually evolved over the course of history, and without designers fashion would not be where it is today. Of course, some fashion designers impact the world of fashion far more than others, there are are some individual’s who’s style is still changing the way we think of fashion. Without that being said though, there are only a handful of individuals who are able to make it into the most famous fashion designers of all time list. While this list is up for debate, as some individuals are going to enjoy a particular look over another look, there is no doubting that all of these individuals had a stark and lasting impact on the world of fashion, both when they released their clothing lines and still currently, with the way present fashion designers work off of their work.
10. Yves Saint Laurent
He became popular because he completely changed the thought of masculine clothing. Up until he started to work on mens clothing, everything was rather cookie cutter and men really didn’t have any sort of options in terms of style. While mens’ style assortments still lack significantly to what women have available, it is because of Saint Laurent that individuals are even able to wear any sort of different clothing at all in terms of men’s fashion. He also introduced the idea of power suits to women. Up until the 1960s, women usually wore skirts and a blouse for the top. However, he wanted to add power to the female worker, and by doing so he created a suit for women. Up until this point of time, women would have never worn such an option, but he combined the masculine features of a suit and combined it with the trim and dapper look of the female body in order to create these suits that are still very much in effect today.
9. Pierre Cardin
Pierre always had a way of creating looks of clothing that come off as something from the future. He came to age during the 1960s and the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. This influenced him to create futuristic looks that seems to come right out of Science Fiction.
8. Tom Ford
Tom Ford learned form the best, as he was the fashion director, at one point in time, for both Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. He is one of the newer designers to make the list, as he really didn’t hit the big time until the 2000s. However, with this being said, he takes a good amount of vintage looks and adds these designers into new age offerings, making sure everything is always fresh and inviting.
7. Christian Dior
This French designer still has his name placed on a variety of clothing offerings, although many individuals might know him more for his perfume line than anything else. However, he changed the way women dressed and he also helped trim down the oversized skirt that women were typically forced to wear. While he did not take it to the extremes as what they are now, he introduced the idea to the world that women did not have to wear skirts down to their ankles.
6. Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is still one of the most influential designers in the world, and while he has an extensive, high end line, he is most known for his Polo brand. You know you have made it big when an entire style of shirt is named after a creation you have made. He also has grown his brand by offering the less expensive Polo brand to individuals, which is not nearly as much as hi Ralph Lauren name brand.
5. Donatella Versace
Versace’s name is connected to many of the top designers in the world. From clothing to furnishings, she has designed it all. Her name sake is well respected and she has customized her looks to fit just about anywhere in the world.
4. Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren are hand in hand in this group. The two individuals seem to work off of one another, as their styles, while different, do share some rather interesting similarities. However, Calvin Klein has usually gone with more muted, black and gray tones, while Lauren has never shied away from the bright and bold.
3. Giorgio Armani
When individuals think of high class, they tend to think Armani. There really is nothing more stylish and high class than an Armani suit. Of course, it helps that his business is one of the most profitable fashion institutions in the entire world, although he has also contributed towards the move towards models who are not deathly skinny. His company refuses to hire any sort of model who has a Body Mass Index under 18.
2. Donna Karan
While her name might not sound familiar to most, her product lines most likely will ring a bell. Her DKNY offering is one of the most popular brands in the world, and while she still has other lines of clothing, DKNY (short for Donna Karan New York) remains to be a major player in the world of fashion.
1. Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel has been gone for some time now, although many of her designs and looks are still in place around the world. Of course, many individuals now have her name pinned to some of the most popular perfumes in the world, she also has an important fashion line as well. The very French line of clothing remains to influence individuals all across the planet, and she bodes so well that when Time Magazine created a list of the most important people of the Century, back around the year 2,000, she was the only designer to actually make the list. When someone is on a list of the top influential people over the past 100 years, that is rather impressive. She was along the same likes as Ford and the Wright Brothers, all who added to world culture.