You have probably heard people say, “Money makes the world go round.” Well, what if we tell you “fashion” does too?
Fashion has been here since humans knew they needed to cover their bodies. Fashion designers have created fabulous designs over the years and have caused tremendous changes in how we feel about wearing certain types of clothes.
Today, we bring 10 of the best fashion designers in the world to thank them for their work and to introduce them to you. Ready? Let’s go!
1. Phoebe Philo
Born January 1, 1973, in Paris, Phoebe Philo is a British fashion designer who’s carved an exciting niche for herself in the fashion world.
In 1996, she graduated from Central Saint Martins college, where she studied Arts and design in London. From 1997-2006, Philo worked at Chloé, starting as a design assistant and working her way up to the Creative Director role in 2001.
After leaving Chloé, she accepted a job as creative director for Céline. After ten years of working with Céline, Philo branched out and launched her fashion brand under her name “Phoebe Philo.”
In 2014, Philo was listed amongst Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, and in the same year, she was appointed officer of the order of the British empire.
2. Ralph Rucci
A 65-year-old American designer and artist who was born in Pennsylvania in 1957 (day and month unknown). Rucci bagged a degree in Philosophy from Temple University and later moved to New York to follow his passion for fashion.
This meant that he enrolled at the Fashion institute of technology. Ralph Rucci launched his brand in 1991, and in 2001, he became the first American designer to be invited to show his collection in Paris by the French Chamber.
Since then, he has been in the spotlight, having received numerous awards, including the 2008 National designers awards, Icon Awards in 2009, The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Visionary Awards for fashion in 2011, and LifeTime achievement awards in 2012, amongst others.
3. Carolina Herrera
Carolina is known for her fabulous creations, including shoes, bags, jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics, etc. Born on January 8, 1939, Carolina is a Venezuelan fashion designer who has had the opportunity to dress American first ladies like Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and even Melania Trump.
Carolina was introduced to the world of fashion by her grandmother, and her love for fashion has been on a steady rise since then. In her words, “My eyes were accustomed to seeing pretty things,” so she decided to create pretty things.
Carolina founded her brand in 1980 and made her debut at Manhattan’s metropolitan club in the same year. Herrera’s brand has gained the recognition of several publications like Tatler.
She’s also been a recipient of numerous awards like the women’s wear designer of the year and the style awards designer of the year in 2012.
4. Zac Posen
American fashion designer and recipient of the Swarovski Perry Ellis Awards for women’s wear in 2004, Zac Posen was born October 24, 1980, to Jewish parents who resided in SoHo of lower Manhattan.
After graduating from school, he was under the tutelage of curator Richard Martin at the costume institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2001, he returned to New York and opened an atelier in his parent’s living room; that same year, he was chosen to present a capsule collection at the Gen’sArt Fresh in a Fashion show in New York.
Posen has since then maintained the spotlight and has designed wears for celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet.
5. Vera Wang
Chinese – American fashion designer, Vera Wang’s early life passion, was to be a figure skater, and she competed in the 1968 U.S figure Skating championship.
However, not making it to the Olympics was a significant discouragement and marked the beginning of her sojourn in the fashion world.
Wang would go on to study Art history at Sarah Lawrence College, then at the University of Paris. Upon graduation, Vera Wang was hired as an editor with Vogue magazine, making her the youngest editor to work with the magazine.
She worked at the magazine for 17 years before launching her brand at 40. Vera became a designer of wedding dresses. Some of her designs have been worn by celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Khloe Kardashian, and Ariana Grande, and she’s even styled former first lady Michelle Obama.
6. Sandeep Khosla
Sandeep is an Indian fashion designer known for his fusion of Indian textiles with European silhouettes, combining traditional aesthetics with modern designs. Born in Kapurthala, Punjab, India, and has been in the fashion industry since 1986. In addition to fashion designing, Kholsa is also an interior decorator and has worked on the interior designs of hotels like the Sofala, restaurants, resorts, and even event venues for weddings. Sandeep Khosla is the recipient of the National Film award for best costume design for his work in the movie “Devdas.” Some celebrities who have worn his designs include Judi Dench, who wore his design to the BAFTA awards in 2012.
7. Alexander McQueen
In addition to receiving the British title of “commander of the order to the British Empire in 2003 for his contributions to the British fashion scene, Alexander McQueen has also been a recipient of several awards such as British fashion designer of the year and Designers of America international designer of the year.
McQueen started his brand in 1992. In his early work, McQueen caught the attention of Isabella Blow, who then became his mentor. In 1999, he partnered with Gucci, expanding his brand to perfumes, fashion accessories, and a line of trainers.
He was most famous for his skull scarves and armadillo shoes. He unfortunately died in 2010.
8. Deola Sagoe
Born on August 21, 1966, Deola Sagoe is a Nigerian designer who’s made significant marks in the world fashion scene. After graduating from the University of Lagos, she studied at the University of Miami, where she got her Master’s in Finance management. Deola Sagoe ventured into designing in 1989 and has gained international recognition for her colorful designs. In April 2006, she organized a fashion event in Ghana to raise funds for hungry children worldwide. Some of Sagoe’s designs have been featured in the New York fashion week. In 2018, she released her now popular “Komole collection.”
9. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun and his wife Sailaja Saj Tahiliani co-founded “Ensemble,” the first Indian multi-designer boutique in 1987, followed by Tahiliani studio in 1990, based in Delhi. This Indian designer is best known for his bridal dresses. Born in Mumbai, India, in an extended Sindhi family, Tarun left India for America after high school and has since ventured into the fashion scene.
When Ensemble kicked off in 1987, he was still an untrained designer, so he had to enroll in the fashion institute of technology in New York in 1991. In 1995, British heiress Jemima Khan wore his designs for her wedding to Imran Khan, bringing his work to the limelight. Tarun Tahiliani has worked with some non-profit organizations, such as “Save the children” in India, to increase the health budget of children.
10. Marc Jacobs
Born on April 9, 1963, Marc Jacobs is the head designer of his brand, “Marc Jacobs.” Jacobs worked as a creative director with Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014, and it was during this period that he found his brand.
With over 80 retail shops across America, Marc Jacobs was amongst Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010 and also on the list of 50 most influential gay men and women in 2012. In 1987, Jacobs became the youngest person to receive the Perry Ellis award for new fashion talent and the award for women’s designer of the year 1993.
Marc Jacobs was a massive part of legalizing same-sex marriage by making shirts dedicated to the course and selling them in his stores. Some of Jacob’s collections have featured celebrities like Willow Smith, Winona Ryder, and Daisy Lowe.
There you have it – a look at 10 of the best designers around the world. These designers have made the world a better place and helped us become more confident in our bodies by creating fashion pieces that beautify those parts of us we consider faulted. We hope you consider wearing some or all of these designers someday and send us pictures.