I think every fashion blogger and news outlet has published an article on the designer Karl Lagerfeld over the last few weeks. Every angle covered from his groundbreaking designs to his attitudes towards the female form.
So instead of going down a similar route I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the other influential fashion designers of the last 100 years.
They have shaped not only the way we dress but also the world around us. They were the rule breaker, the ones who thought outside the box and pushed the boundaries.
Christian Dior. Arguably one of the most successful fashion designers of all time. His designs have been worn by film stars and Royalty and even after his death in 1957 at the age of 52 his company continues to operate as one of the global fashion powerhouses. Born in France in 1905, it was his post war designs that put him on the fashion map. Throwing out the wartime restrictions, he brought back femininity and luxury.
Hubert de Givenchy
Hubert de Givenchy was the iconic french fashion designer known for elegant haute couture designs. His name has become synonymous with Parisian chic. His most famous and celebrated collaborations was with the spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Together they introduced the “slack”. A new silhouette with no waistline.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta left his home in Caribbean at the age of 18 to study painting but instead fell in love with the world of fashion and went on to become one of the most famous designers in the world. His designs have adored many a presidential first lady and for those who could not afford his designs his iconic scent was released in 1977.
We’ll have part two of this series next week. These icons of fashion have achieved great things and live remarkable lives.