Pioneers of Fashion Design and Their Successful Successors

Pioneers of Fashion Design and Their Successful Successors

If we are to believe old magazines and books, but also the all-knowing Google, Charles Frederick Worth was the first fashion designer in the world.

If he had stayed in his native England, who knows how long we would have waited for the first fashion collection and the first fashion show, and who knows if Paris would have become and remained the fashion capital!?

Fortunately, Worth decided in the middle of the 19th century to leave his job in a fabric factory and move to France. For a while, he worked in a fashion accessories store, and then he decided to take fashion into his own hands, open a tailor shop, and in a short time, become one of the most famous names of that time.

Practical but also fanatical, Worth realized that women had a great need for everyday clothing, such as housecoats, maternity dresses, mourning clothes, as well as elegant evening gowns, so he designed modern clothing for all occasions.

His clients were leading members of Comedie Francais, for whom Worth created models inspired by the works of Titian, Rembrandt, and other artists.

Worth was also the first designer to organize and present an entire clothing collection for the next season. He was a pioneer in fashion shows, as he was the first to use female models to present his fashion designs.

He dressed the most influential French ladies, and many women were dying to wear one of his models. Due to great interest, Worth opened several stores that copied and produced the same models in several hundred copies, and then sent and sold these models all over the world. It is obvious that he was not only a good fashion designer but also a successful businessman.

Worth died in 1895, and fashion began to spread beyond the borders of France at the beginning of the 20th century. However, everything that was new and avant-garde was designed and worn first in the City of Light and Love, and only then could it be seen on the streets of other world cities.

At the beginning, fashion was 'haute couture', exclusively designed for wealthy individuals, and then in the middle of the last century, mass production of fashion clothing began, which became available to the "general public."

Since then, fashion has undergone numerous transformations (sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse) and frequent repetitions, and several fashion designers have left a deep mark on the global fashion industry.

Coco Chanel

For nearly six decades, this fashion designer ruled the Parisian haute couture. Her main focus was designing simple and comfortable clothing. Thanks to Coco, women were freed from corsets, petticoats, and other clothing items that were not at all light and comfortable to wear. She believed that "luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury," and her designs focused on simplicity and comfort.

The Chanel suit, quilted bag, jewelry, and the "little black dress" are some of her best innovations and contributions to women's fashion. The perfume 'Chanel No. 5,' introduced in 1921, became the financial foundation of this brand.

Calvin Klein

The American fashion designer is known for successfully entering (and that very successfully) his designer fingers into the design of everything and everything - from jeans, women's and men's clothing, underwear, cosmetics and perfumes, to bed linens and bathroom sets. He described his design philosophy as simple, comfortable, yet elegant clothing that is very easy to wear. He was one of the first to use famous personalities to catapult his company into the world of fashion. Brooke Shields was one of the first famous faces to advertise Calvin Klein underwear in the 1980s. The slogan "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins" was very controversial but made people talk even more about the brand.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Francesca Versace is an Italian fashion designer. She began her career as the muse of her brother Gianni Versace. After his tragic death, Donatella took over his business and soon became one of the most famous designers of all time. Many famous women wore her models, including her best friend Lady Gaga. It could be said that JLo, who appeared at the Grammy Awards in 2000 in the famous green dress designed by Donatella, brought her planetary popularity.

Giorgio Armani

The Italian fashion designer describes his fashion philosophy as follows: "I was the first to soften the image of men and strengthen the image of women. I dressed men in women's fabrics and stole from men what women want and need - powerful clothing." Before he became a fashion designer, Armani actually wanted to study medicine. His models have been seen in more than 250 films, and the first of them was "American Gigolo," in which Richard Gere wore his designs.

Ralph Lauren

The American fashion designer built his brand as an elite American brand that made him globally successful and secured him a very important place in the fashion world. He named his first full line of men's clothing 'Polo.' With a multitude of sub-brands under the Ralph Lauren brand that cater to different market segments, it has become one of the strongest fashion brands in the world. He describes his style as "I am interested in longevity, timelessness, style, not fashion."

Christian Dior

The French fashion designer ruled the fashion world during World War II. Before starting his artistic and fashion career, Dior actually wanted to be an architect, while his parents wanted him to study political science. Christian Dior was 30 years old when he launched his first perfume in 1947, simultaneously with his brave and very modern first fashion clothing collection, "New Look," which caused a great stir in the fashion world because it involved narrow shoulders, an even narrower waist, and wide hips, meaning everything that women had freed themselves from when Coco was dictating what to wear.

Dior died in 1957 from a massive heart attack at the age of only 52. At that time, the 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent took over as director of the Dior company and managed to preserve its identity.

About him, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, ... among others some other time.

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