Famous 20th Century Fashion Designers

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Fashion Designers, including Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren.

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 1 Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham.
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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlow, Essex, England

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

 2 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15, 1997
Legendary Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace founded the brand Versace, reputed worldwide for its luxury products, including clothes, accessories, and fragrances. He had also designed for renowned artists and for series and movies, too. He was shot dead outside his Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, by Andrew Cunanan. 
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 3 Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Died: January 10, 1971

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is credited with replacing the corseted silhouette as the feminine standard of style with a sporty, casual chic. Her work as a designer redefined the fashionable woman in the era post World War I. She also played a vital role in revolutionizing jewelry, handbags, and fragrance.

 4 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: February 19, 2019
German fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld, son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld, had served as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi. He was also a talented photographer and caricaturist, and had a penchant for collecting books. He was known for his signature sunglasses, white hair, fingerless gloves, and detachable collars.  

 5 Tom Ford

Tom Ford.
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Famous As: American fashion designer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer. During his time as the creative director at Gucci, Ford saved the fashion house from near bankruptcy and turned it into a powerhouse. In 2006, he established his eponymous luxury brand and has since been referred to as a style icon and fashion icon; he was named in All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list.

 6 Halston

Halston
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Famous As: Fashion designer, Costume designer
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
Died: March 26, 1990

Designer Halston began his career designing hats for American milliner Lilly Daché. He is primarily remembered for pioneering cashmere, or Ultrasued, in the mid-1970s. Known for his party-loving personality, he popularized the halter dress for women. He was also known for his homosexual relationship with Victor Hugo.

 7 Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lambeth
Fashion designer Stella McCartney is the daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she uses cruelty-free fabrics in her designs. She was the creative director for Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She has also won honors such as the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year.
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 8 Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: March 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elmira

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger, better known as Tommy Hilfiger, is a legendary fashion designer who has gained worldwide fame with his eponymous fashion line. He had begun his career with the fashion chain People's Place. His brand is now owned by Phillips-Van Heusen, though he remains its chief designer.

 9 Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx

Known for designing tight-fitting signature jeans, the award-winning American designer is the co-founder of the New York-headquartered fashion brand 'Calvin Klein Inc'. Calvin Klein featured in The International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame. Father of noted television producer, Marci Klein, Calvin has funded Democratic Party candidates and made financial contributions to the Political Action Committee.

 10 Michael Kors

Michael Kors.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York

 11 Christian Dior

Christian Dior.
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Famous As: Fashion Designers
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granville
Died: October 23, 1957

Christian Dior was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding Christian Dior, one of the world's top fashion houses, which is currently owned by Groupe Arnault. At the time of its founding, the clothes designed by Christian Dior revolutionized women's dress. The brand also re-established Paris as the fashion hub of the world after World War II.

 12 Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani.
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Birthdate: July 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani initially worked for Cerruti and others such as Allegri and Hilton. He founded his menswear fashion brand Armani in 1975 and later diversified into sport, hospitality, and music. He is known for designing red-carpet looks and won the CFDA International Award in 1983.

 13 Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: George Town
While locked down in Malaysia during the COVID-19 crisis, luxury footwear designer Jimmy Choo came across the idea to open a fashion academy in London. Born to a modest shoemaker in Penang, Choo had mastered the art of shoe designing in London, where he later launched his eponymous shoe brand.

 14 Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci.
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Famous As: Italian Businessman
Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2, 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.

 15 Diane von Fürstenberg

Diane von Fürstenberg.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels

 16 Edith Head

Edith Head.
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Famous As: Costume Designer
Birthdate: October 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California
Died: October 24, 1981

 17 Antonio D’Amico

Antonio D’Amico.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mesagne

Antonio D'Amico is an Italian fashion designer and model. After working as a designer for the luxury fashion company Versace, D'Amico went on to found his own fashion design company. Also known for his long-term relationship with Gianni Versace, D'Amico is often depicted in films and TV series that talk about the founder of Versace

 18 Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: July 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Venice
Died: December 29, 2020

Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin revolutionized unisex fashion with his geometric designs. His wine merchant father wanted him to study architecture, but Cardin deviated to fashion instead, starting his career as a men’s tailor. He introduced the Space Age look and also licensed his name out to other products.

 19 Summer Phoenix

Summer Phoenix
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida, USA
American actress Summer Phoenix is also an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups. Summer is a member of The Paper Cranes, an alternative band that plays the New York City club. She appeared in the movies Kate's Secret and in Russkies and later appeared in movies Wasted, Dinner Rush, and The Faculty. Summer played lead roles in the movies Esther Kahn and Suzie Gold

 20 John Galliano

John Galliano.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gibraltar

 21 Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams.
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Wendy Williams is an American media personality, businesswoman, television host, and author. She was the subject of a TV series titled The Wendy Williams Experience, which chronicles her work as a radio show host and her on-air spats with celebrities. As a businesswoman, Williams has created several product lines, including a jewelry collection, a fashion line, and a wig line.

 22 Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: July 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dominican Republic
Died: October 20, 2014

 23 Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin
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Famous As: designer
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris

When French-Egyptian fashion designer Christian Louboutin entered the fashion scene in Paris, he designed women’s shoes but eventually also launched a men’s collection, too. He is known for his signature stilettoes with red soles. He later also ventured into leather goods and bags. He is openly homosexual.

 24 Princess Stéphanie of Monaco

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
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Famous As: Model, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monaco

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and his wife, Grace Kelly, an American actress. She is currently 14th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. As a schoolgirl, she learned classical dance and piano. In her career, she has been a singer, swimwear designer, and fashion model.

 25 Jessica Jung

Jessica Jung.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Korean-American entertainer Jessica Jung is a former member of the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation. She has also appeared as Elle Woods in the Korean version of Legally Blonde and has starred in the series Wild Romance. She owns a fashion brand and has released a bestselling novel, too.

 26 Mary Quant

Mary Quant.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blackheath, London

 27 Tina Knowles

Tina Knowles.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

Tina Knowles is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. In 2004, she launched House of Deréon, a now-defunct ready-to-wear fashion line. While her fashion brands, such as Miss Tina and House of Deréon, have been generally regarded as one of her most important contributions, her biggest contribution to the society is letting her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange ,follow their passion.

 28 Delta Burke

Delta Burke.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Delta Burke is an American actress, author, and producer. She is best known for playing Suzanne Sugarbaker in the popular TV series Designing Women. Despite struggling with issues, such as eating disorders, depression, and overweight, Delta Burke has managed to establish a successful acting career and serves as an inspiration to people suffering from similar problems.

 29 Cristóbal Balenciaga

Cristóbal Balenciaga.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Getaria, Spain
Died: March 24, 1972

Remembered as The King of Fashion, Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga had begun sewing at 10, helping his mother earn a living after his father’s death. A visit to Paris at 15 turned his luck around. A closeted gay, Balenciaga later revolutionized fashion with his signature flowy gowns and dresses.

 30 Sadie Frost

Sadie Frost
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 31 Aubrey O'Day

Aubrey O'Day
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 32 Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler
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Famous As: Grand couturier, Designer
Birthdate: December 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg

French designer Thierry Mugler was initially known for his skills in ballet and drawing. He began his fashion career working for a boutique in Paris and later launched his brand. He is known for his peculiar clothes, inspired by birds and insects, and made of metal and crystals.

 33 Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson
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Famous As: Costume designer
Birthdate: August 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wethersfield

 34 Giles Deacon

Giles Deacon.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Darlington

 35 Carson Kressley

Carson Kressley.
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Famous As: Designer, Television Show Host, Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania

 36 Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caracas
Born into an affluent political family of Caracas, Carolina Herrera was introduced to fashion by her socialite grandmother. The Venezuelan-American designer, who owns a luxury clothing line and a fragrance line, is known for dressing up celebrities and eminent personalities such as Michelle Obama and Renee Zellweger. 

 37 Maurizio Gucci

Maurizio Gucci
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 27, 1995

Maurizio Gucci was an Italian businessman. The grandson of Guccio Gucci, Maurizio served as the chairman of the Gucci group in the early-1990s. At the age of 46, Maurizio was shot dead by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The murder inspired Sara Forden's book The House of Gucci, which has been adapted into a biographical crime film.

 38 Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Romford, England

Reality star and entrepreneur Gemma Collins soared to fame with reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Dancing on Ice. She later launched her own reality franchise, Gemma Collins: Diva, and her own BBC podcast.

 39 Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Metzingen, Germany
Died: August 9, 1948

Hugo Boss was a German businessman and fashion designer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular fashion houses in the world, Hugo Boss AG. Apart from maintaining his business endeavors, Hugo Boss was also a member of the Nazi Party and remained loyal to the ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

 40 Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne
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Famous As: Grand couturier, Fashion designer, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pasaia

Born to a seamstress in Basque Country, Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo escaped to France to avoid the Spanish Civil War and took up the name Paco Rabanne. He later gained fame for his avant-garde accessories, his designer clothes made of material such as metal and plastic, and his signature chainmail dress.

 41 Michael Michele

Michael Michele
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, USA

 42 Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada
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Famous As: entrepreneur, fashion designer
Birthdate: May 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan

Miuccia Prada is an Italian businesswoman and fashion designer. The granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia is the head designer of the popular luxury fashion house Prada, which was founded by Mario Prada. Miuccia Prada is credited with founding Prada's subsidiary, Miu Miu. In 2014, Miuccia Prada was ranked 75th in Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world list.

 43 Pierre Balmain

Pierre Balmain.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: May 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, France
Died: June 29, 1982

Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Balmain, who owned the fashion house Balmain, had initially studied architecture but later quit it to pursue his interest in fashion . Born into a family of boutique and drapery business owners, he was introduced to the world of fashion at an early age.

 44 Anna Sui

Anna Sui
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Famous As: Designer, Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit

 45 Vanessa Angel

Vanessa Angel.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

Discovered by Eileen Ford, Vanessa Angel started modeling at age 14. She transitioned to movies with Spies Like Us and has since worked in several series such as Weird Science and movies such as Kingpin. She missed out on Lucy Lawless’s role in Xena: Warrior Princess due to an illness.

 46 Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix
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Famous As: Grand couturier, Designer, Postage stamp designer
Birthdate: May 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arles

As a child, French designer Christian Lacroix often put together collages and albums on theater and opera, drawing costumes and looks. Apart from clothes, he has designed accessories and footwear. Known for his diffusion line and his use of color, he has also been involved with stage and interior designing.

 47 Sauli Koskinen

Sauli Koskinen.
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyvinkää

Finnish TV host Sauli Koskinen soared to fame after winning Big Brother 2007. He has also been a reporter and blogger for Ilta-Sanomat and has hosted his own show, Saulin Paras Kaveri. The openly gay entertainer had dated American singer Adam Lambert for almost 3 years before their split.

 48 Rudolf Dassler

Rudolf Dassler.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach
Died: October 27, 1974
The rivalry between German shoemaker Rudolf Dassler and his brother, Adolf Dassler, led to the creation of two of the most popular shoe brands of the world. While Rudolf and Adolf were initially partners in their shoe business, a feud made Rudolf create Puma, while Adolf formed Adidas.

 49 Chip Foose

Chip Foose
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Famous As: Designer, Entrepreneur, Automotive designer
Birthdate: October 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Barbara

 50 Elyse Knox

Elyse Knox.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: February 16, 2012