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Top 10 fashion designers

There are some people  that have managed to leave their mark in fashion history and inspire new designers for years to come. People like: Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren and Valentino Garavani. This is a list about those and other people that have managed to win their place in ‘The top 10 fashion designers” of all time.

At number 10 we have Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian designers that loved surrealistic art and it showed in her work. Her offbeat designs were the first to introduce the “shocking pink” color in the fashion world. Born an aristocrat, but a rebel at heart she fought her way to independency and became popular in Paris in the period 1924-1940 with her unusual clothing with whimsical elements.

Number 9 is Christian Dior, the French designer that revolutionized the way women dressed after WW II. unclear to this day circumstances.  Today, John Galliano carries out Diors legacy and does a pretty good work at it.

Roy Halston Frowick (or just Holston) is the 8th most influential designer of all time. His silky and sexy designs became the symbol of the 1970s and the disco culture. The famous designer dressed people such as: Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor, Liza Minelli and Bianca Jagger. Unfortunatelly his drug addiction and AIDS led to his fast downfall in 1988.

At 7 we have Calvin Klein who like Halston became popular in the 70s. But his stripped down, modern designs reigned for decades to come. His ads became famous for their sexuality and ability to shock, which did bring him success.

Ralph Lauren, the nemesis of Calvin Klein is at number 6. The born in Bronx Ralph first became famous with his flashy neckwear and then with his signature polo shirts that came in every color of the rainbow. To this day he stands like a giant in the fashion world.

Number 5 in the “Top  10 fashion designers” is taken by Gianni Versace. The Italian with open homosexuality picked up a lot from his mother, who owned a little tailoring shop. Murdered in 1997, Versace left behind glamorous pieces of work, inspired by art( both modern and ancient) that made the 80’s a golden age for fashion.

At 4th place , Valentino Garavani is certainly someone to be mentioned. A passionate fashion-lover from early childhood, he strived to perfect  his designs. His signature are the dramaric scarlet dresses. A lover of luxury and beauty he lives and works to this day.

The bronze goes to Giorgio Armani, another Italian with unique vision that is popular with his menswear. His clothes send the message of confidence and are a symbol of high status. Armani certainly had his ups and downs but to this day continues to be one of the most influential fashion designers out there.

The Silver belongs to no other but Yves Saint Laurent. A talent from young age, he quickly made it up the ladder, becoming the protégé of Dior and inheriting his fashion house at the age of 21. However a nervous breakdown following his military service robbed him of his position in the Dior house. After long treatment he rebounded in the 60s and 70s with his own line and stunning new designs. But by 1887 he was once again in the abyss of drugs and alcohol and left his work to other designers.

And the gold medal goes to Coco Chanel, the french woman that invented the modern women’s sportswear and proved that there can be style without sacrifice. An intelligent and seductive woman , she started her business with funds from her 2 wealthy lovers and slowly grew it into an empire. To this day her vintage designs remain popular and wearable.

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Fashion designer Wilbert Das

Wilbert Das

Wilbert Das was born in 1963. He spent his childhood helping at the dairy farm of his parents in the small village of Riethoven that is situated to the south of the Netherlands. When he turned 19 he went away to pursue his dream and study fashion design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem. He graduated from the academy in 1988. Then, the winds blew him to Italy, where a revolution in fashion was taking place. Renzo Rosso ( the owner of the Diesel brand) hired him and soon Das climbed from assistant male designer to director of the entire style office. In 1933 Wilbert Das was made a Creative Director which meant he was now responsible for directing all the clothing and accessory design, overseeing advertising and communications, taking care of the merchandising and also the fashion shows.

When Das was still new in Diesel the company became famous for its denim. Wilbert was inspired and decided to experiment widely with denim over the next few years. He started using many techniques to age the jeans and make them more vintage, experimented with dyes,  the position of the pockets and was the one to introduce curves. In the years to come Diesel , under the creative direction of Das, introduced new footwear, sunglasses, watches and jewellery. The new accessories soon became well-recognized and a commercial success was also present. The “Timeframes” by Diesel alone generate an income of about 100 euros a year.

Not only has Wilbert Das made a revolution in the denim and accessories line of Diesel, but he has also brought the advertising methods of the company to new hights. “Nike” chairman Phil Knight has once said that advertising now has two ages, before and after Diesel. And all thanks to Das.

Fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji  Yamamoto was born on the 3rd of October 1943 in Tokyo. He graduated from Keio University in 1966 with a law degree. Then he went to study fashion design in Bunka Fashion College and graduated in 1969.

Yamamoto becomes popular after his debut in Paris some 12 years later. His very own fashion lines – Y-3, Y’s for living and Y’saccs are especially popular in Tokyo. His lined are also sold in major stores in New York, Paris and other places all around the world. In 2007 his sales are said to have reached over 100 million dollars.

Yohji Yamamoto is famous for his avantgarde approach to clothing. He often creates something that is far from the current tendency. His signature is the silhouette in black- usually an ordinary black drapery with different structure.

Yamamoto became especially famous for his work with Adidas. The product of which was Y-3, one of his most famous collections. Another well-known collaborations of his are with Hermes, Mikimoto and Mandarina Duck. He has also teamed up with famous artists of various kinds- Elton John, Placebo, Takeshi Kitano, Pina Bausch and Heiner Mueler.

In 2008 YYFP ( Yohji Yamamoto Fund for Peace) is created in association with CFFPD ( China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development) to encourage the friendship between China and Japan through art, through fashion design. Every year new chinese designers can earl two year scholarships for design colleges in Japan and Europe. And chinese models, both men and women, can make their debut in Paris if they win the opportunity.

Design by Yohji Yamamoto

Design by Yohji Yamamoto