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FAMOUS 20TH CENTURY FASHION DESIGNERS Guccio Gucci is a figure who passed away more than 50 years ago, but his Gucci is still one of the hottest in the world. Gucci,the master of splendid leather goods. Gucci is known for its luxury-good designs and is one of the best known names in prestigious designer tops. Guess [The company] was founded by the four Marciano brothers: Maurice, Georges, Armand, and Paul. The Marcianos were commonly believed to have grown up in southern France, getting influenced mostly by the regions style and culture. In 1977 the brothers moved to California, and it was in 1981 when the Guess Company was founded. Guess is a widely popular clothing line not only in its home country of United States but also all over the world. The label is also known for its stylish accessories with some of the most distinctive being their high-end watches. Belts, wallets, and the like are also popular items that are on offer. This is one of the more popular brands and major players in the modern fashion industry. Gianni Versace is one of the Twentieth Centurys most talented designers, unfortunately shot to death in 1997. Many most famous world actors, music stars and other celebrities wear Versace, because of the style that makes a person the center of attention, who always looks exceptionally great, fashionable, stylish, sexy and classy. Burberry is a British fashion label whose design is an instantly recognisable beige tartan colour. The label was created by Thomas Burberry in 1856, and has grown in popularity throughout the years. Burberry designs clothing and fashion accessories, with the latest range being a more tougher leather look, including thigh high boots and leather jackets. Giorgio Armani was born in Piacenza, Italy in 1934. Armani began his fashion career as a simple window dresser at a large Milanese department store, La Rinascente. A few years later and a whole lot wiser, Armani realized that he could incorporate his naturally-gifted sense of style and form his own fashion company but this dream wouldnt be realized right

away. Armani sells sunglasses, fragrances, makeup, shoes, handbags, jewelry, clothes, and more. Finally, Forbes Magazine declared Armani to be the worlds most successful designer in a 2000 issue.

Giorgio Armani

Louis Vuitton came onto the scene in Paris circa 1854. The brand started primarily as a developer of high-end, handcrafted leather luggage. Shortly thereafter, their handcrafted handbags quickly became a huge hit with many of the women in France. In 2008, the name Louis Vuitton is synonymous with high fashion. And most of their stardom has to do with the classic handbags they sell, but they also offer shoes and other accessories. The Louis Vuitton name is no stranger to fashion enthusiasts around the world. And since the mid 1800s, many people have been well aware of their overall presence and influence on subsequent style.

DKNY [Donna Karan New York] was created by American designer, Donna Karan and has a sophisticated but fun style. The labels new collection features in House of Fraser and consists of lots of winter styles, including gorgeous cardigans and jackets. The DKNY label has many different brands, including DKNY Active, Kids and Baby.

Calvin Klein is one of the best known designer brands of the world and all this was reached because of his unique style orientated at practical design clothes without exaggerating jewelry and other accessories. He was the first designer who created unisex fragrance [CK One] and the first line of designer jeans is also under the label of Calvin Klein. The designer Calvin Klein. Calvin Richard Klein was brought up alongside Robert Denning, Ralph Lauren and such, designers raised in the Jewish immigrant community. Even though he did not graduate and finish, the New York fashion institute thought of him as one of their own, giving him a special Doctorate in 2003.

Calvin Klein

Dolce and Gabbana; or D & G as it is also known as, is a famous Italian fashion label created by two dynamic individuals. Dolce and Gabbana is famous for its clothing, jewellery, footwear, with a large slice of the sunglasses market. Many of the clothes designed by the label are black in colour and the look is always sexy, young and extremely vibrant.

Dolce and Gabbana designs

Coco Chanel. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, known as Coco, learned to sew at a young age, while spending time in a Roman Catholic monastery's orphanage. At the age of 18 in 1901, she set out from school to work with a local tailor, in what can only be called an ironic twist to the rags to riches story of fame and fortune. Throughout this time, she began to design hats, which fascinated the interest of the privileged, together with her enthusiast, French millionaire Ettienne Balsan--her doorway to high Parisian culture. She opened her own boutique in 1910. In the 1920s, she burst onto the fashion scene with her minimalist styles constructed using readily-available fabrics and simple designs. Even though Chanel died in 1971, her fashion is still around today. Chanel has one of the top perfumes in the world today - No.5. Everyone knows Chanel as the person responsible for bringing pants to women's fashion but did you know Chanel was on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century and was the only one named to this list from the haute couture field?

Coco Chanel

Ralph Lauren is another top of the line designer famous for his Polo line. Despite his poor beginnings as a traveling salesman for a necktie maker, he later became famous for his Polo Ralph Lauren line of clothing. He started to sell his line of Polo ties in 1967, but his greatest achievement was having his designs used in a film in the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford in the lead role. Ralph Lauren is listed as the 224th most wealthy person in the world, his worth his estimated at $2.8 billion.

Ralph Lauren

Yves Saint Laurent is well known in the fashion and cosmetic world. One of the greatest and most influential fashion designers is this French designer who was born in Algeria. More well known as Yves Saint Laurent (born as Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent), he is thought of an icon when it comes to ready to wear clothes. His avant garde designs revolutionized the fashion world when he developed the ready-to-wear scene in the 1920s. The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-towear reputable. He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women, became the first designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows, and referenced other non-European cultures in his work.

YSL designs

Valentino Garavani. Founder of the famous brand Valentino SpA, Valentino Garavani is an Italian fashion designer and an unquestioned legend of couture. Valentino is best known for designing the dresses of famous female celebrities across the world. Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Paola of Belgium, Princess Margaret and other prominent faces were his regular customers.

Valentino Garavani

Pierre Cardin, born Pietro Cardin, is an Italian-born French fashion designer who was born on 7 July 1922, at San Biagio di Callaltanear Treviso. Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the "bubble dress" in 1954. Cardin moved to Paris in 1945. There, he studied architecture and worked with Jeanne Paquin after the war. He worked with Elsa Schiaparelli until he became head of Christian Dior's tailleure atelier in 1947, but was denied work at Balenciaga. Cardin founded his own house in 1950. His career was launched when he designed about 30 of the costumes for "the party of the century", a masquerade ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice on 3 September 1951, hosted by the palazzo's owner, Carlos de Beistegui. He began with haute couture in 1953. Cardin was the first couturier to turn to Japan as a high fashion market when he travelled there in 1959.

In 1971, Cardin redesigned the Barong Tagalog, a national costume of the Philippines by opening the front, removing the cuffs that needed cufflinks, flaring the sleeves, and minimizing the embroidery. It was also tapered to the body, in contrast with the traditional loose-fitting design; it also had a thicker collar with sharp and pointed cuffs. A straight jacket design was favored by President Ferdinand Marcos.

Pierre Cardin dress, 1967

Donatella Versace. Chief designer and the Vice-President of the Versace Group, Donatella Versace is the first fashion designer to use A-List celebrities to publicize her clothing on the catwalk, instead of using nameless models. In advertising sector of Versace, she enrolled some topnotch Hollywood actresses including Madonna, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and others to promote her brand.

Donatella Versace

Marc Jacobs. Born in a Jewish family of New York, Marc Jacobs is the head designer of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diffusion Line, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. While studying at the Parson College of Design, he sold his first stack of hand-knit sweaters and very soon became the first choice of New York City celebrities. In April 2010, he was introduced to the list of the 100 most influential people of the world, compiled by Time magazine.

Marc Jacobs Jeanne-Marie Lanvin. One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and '30s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso


embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was naturally ceded to the designer's daughter, Marguerite di Pietro. In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturire. Lanvin made such beautiful clothes for her daughter that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg SaintHonor, Paris. She became known for her mother-and-daughter outfits and exquisite robes de style, as well as her modern and global approach to the fashion industry. From 1923, the Lanvin empire included a dye factory in Nanterre. In the 1920s, Lanvin opened shops devoted to home dcor, menswear, furs, and lingerie.



Designs by Mme Lanvin in "La Gazette du Bon Ton"