Top 10 European Fashion Designers

When it comes to fashion, we choose clothes that represent our moods or our personalities.  Planning your wedding may be the day you can show your appreciate for fashion, and express your personality.  But who is the absolute top influential and significant designer from Europe that can help you achieve your look for your special day? Here are our top 10 fashion designers.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

Coco Chanel

Considered by many to be one of the most influential fashion designers, Coco Chanel is known for her trademark suits and little black dresses, which are still popular today. The timeless Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume to feature a fashion designer’s name.

Karl Lagerfeld (1933-)

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Currently the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous label fashion house. After he took the wheel in 1982, Lagerfeld had pushed and exaggerated the classic Chanel themes and eventually turned the legendary label into a fashion powerhouse.

Miuccia Prada (1949-)

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The breadth of Prada’s design — from the nylon backpacks to the revolutionary architecture of retail stores – has set trends rather than following them. Miuccia Prada has also founded Miu Miu, the fashion-forward women’s fashion brand.

Gianni Versace (1946-1997)

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Characterized by bold colors, daring cuts and glamorous styles, his design won him popularity and helped him developed strong relationships with a number of celebrities, including Madonna, Princess Dianna and Elton John. He often used innovative materials and experimented with cutting-edge techniques.

Hubert de Givenchy (1927-)

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Givenchy set new trends and encouraged higher hemlines in the 1960s. Best known for designing both the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, Givenchy was a master of Parisian chic, feminine designs, and he also set new trends and encouraged higher hemlines in the 1960s.

Christian Dior (1905-1957)

Christian Dior

Dior changed the way women expressed their femininity through luxury ready-to-wear clothes. Dior brought the shoulder in and slopped it, nipped the dresses in the waist, and had incredibly full skirt that drop down to the ankle.

Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008)

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Regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with the first one to introduce tuxedo smoking jacket and thigh-high boots for women throughout the 1960s and 1970s. What’s more, he became the first designer to use non-white models.

Giorgio Armani (1934-)

Giorgio Armani

As an Italian fashion mogul, Armani is particularly known for his menswear design. He introduced men’s “power suits”, which contained his most famed design element soft shoulder in the 1980s. The Armani brand now extends beyond clothes; it includes housewares, hotels, books and watches.

Valentino Garavani (1932-)

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By the mid-1960s, Valentino was considered the undisputed favorite designer of the world’s best-dressed women, including Audrey Hepburn, Babe Paley and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He gained recognition for his particular fabric shade, known as “Valentino red”.

Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972)    

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Trained in Madrid, Balenciaga’s skills of cut and drape wowed his fellow designers. In 1950s, he dramatically transformed the silhouette by removing the waist and broadening the shoulders, which is revealed in his tunic dress, chemise dress and balloon shirt. Hubert de Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta are both Balenciaga’s mentees, who were inspired by his fashion design classes.

 

 

 

Mia Xiang

A graduate student at Hofstra University pursuing a Master of Journalism, and scheduled to graduate in May 2016. As a contributing writer with Long Island Report and The Hofstra Chronicle I have earned a Master of Ethnology in China, where I come from. I have a strong interest in magazine journalism, fashion and graphic design. Currently I am an editorial intern at World Bride Magazine in New York City, and happily reside on Long Island, with my addiction for spicy food.

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