Most Influential Fashion Designers from Europe

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There is no doubt that Europe is home to a lot of iconic and the most influential fashion designers known to the world. Many of these designers have left a permanent mark in the fashion industry. They offered us timeless designs and pieces that helped change and revolutionize the fashion industry today.

Here are the 10 most influential fashion designers from Europe.

Coco Chanel

  • A French fashion designer, who popularized sport casual chic style for women, and revolutionized the fashion industry.
    • Among her classic fashion pieces were the Chanel suit, iconic quilted purse, and little black dress (LBD). Her perfume Chanel No.5 was also a commercial success and is still  popular today as it was before.

Christian Dior

  • Was a French fashion designer
    • Christian Dior introduced the new silhouette for women called the “New Look”. This new silhouette featured calf length A-line skirt, cinched waist, and a fuller bust. He reintroduced femininity and luxury in women’s fashion, similar to the previous fashion era.
    • Christian Dior’s designs have greatly influenced women’s evening wear today.

Cristobal Balenciaga

  • Was a Spanish fashion designer.
  • He was known as “The Master” of haute couture. He was a very skilled tailor, and he was able to translate his complex illustrations to real life garments.
  • Balenciaga introduced new shapes and silhouettes in women’s fashion which were never seen before.                                                   

Hubert De Givenchy

  • Was a French fashion designer
  • Known for creating elegant Parisian chic designs.
  • He created the iconic little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s               

Yves Saint Laurent

  • Was a French fashion designer
  • He was known for popularizing women’s trousers for all occasions as well as other creations such as the smoking suit, sheer blouse, jumpsuit, and reefer jacket.

Alexander McQueen

  • Was a British fashion designer
  • His work was imaginative and ground-breaking. He is known for launching theatrical runway shows and complex designs.His work was inspired by Roman Gothic and Victorian styles.

Karl Lagerfeld

  • Was a German fashion designer, who was a major creative force of many well known fashion brands today including; Chanel, Fendi, Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger and also his own brand.
  • He is credited for elevating Chanel’s global prominence, by incorporating modernity in Coco Chanel’s original designs.

Elsa Schiaparelli

  • Was an Italian fashion designer
  • She is known for her Surrealist and whimsy sense of fashion, as well as the use of colour “shocking pink” .

Gianni Versace

  • Was an Italian Fashion designer, who was a prominent fashion figure in the 80’s to  90’s.
  • Versace essentially brought the fashion industry into pop culture, by elevating models such as Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington to supermodel status which brought media attention.
  • His designs embodied sensuality, sex appeal and boldness.

Vivienne Westwood

  • Is a British Fashion designer, known for bringing modern punk fashion into mainstream pop culture.
  • Her style and designs rose to prominence in the 1970’s when she dressed members of many punk rock bands including the Sex Pistols.
  • Her designs include punk rock, and rebel aesthetics.

By: Jade Florendo

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