Famous American Fashion Designers

Anyone who has ever flipped through the pages of the fashion magazines will know the Pradas, the Laurens, the Armanis, the Vuittons and the DGs of the fashion diaspora. These designers, who dominate world runways, ramps and the wardrobes of the rich and the elite, are the biggest names in fashion. Sure, the clothes they design are iconic. But what truly makes them a brand name to reckon with is the style, panache and the sheer passion with which they fashion a cloth. Oozing refinement and sophistication, these designers are responsible for making everyone — from page three celebs and movie stars to entrepreneurs and first ladies of the land, look good and turn heads. They are the ones who kick off a trend, who tell you what is in vogue and what is a passé. Their designed dresses are not merely apparels but a way of life. Possibly that justifies the exorbitant price that comes tagged with every garment. If you too vie for a slice of la dolce vita, then reading their inspiring biographies of America's famous fashion designers and exploring their timeline, trivia, and facts would answer your questions on why these designers are considered as high and mighty of fashion.

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 1 Mary-Kate Olsen

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Famous As: Actress, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Mary-Kate Olsen began her career when she was 9 months old, starring in Full House with her twin, Ashley. Since then, the Olsen twins have starred in several Dualstar productions, launched a fashion brand, and written a book. Mary-Kate is also a competitive equestrian and has struggled with anorexia nervosa.

 2 Summer Phoenix

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 3 Olivia Culpo

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Olivia Culpo is an American social media personality and fashion influencer. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2012. As a fashion influencer, she has collaborated with many fashion and beauty brands, such as Kipling and L'Oréal. She also owns a restaurant in Rhode Island.

 4 Wendy Williams

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 5 Kristin Cavallari

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 6 Lisa Rinna

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 7 Mena Suvari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Mena Suvari soared to fame with her SAG Award-winning role of Angela Hayes in American Beauty. Fans also loved her in the American Pie movies and the horror anthology American Horror Story. She also appeared as Edie in Six Feet Under. Mena endorses Lancôme cosmetics and uses cruelty-free products only.
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 8 Tom Ford

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Famous As: American fashion designer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 9 Ralph Lauren

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: October 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Fashion designer and businessman Ralph Lauren is the founder of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar fashion enterprise. Beginning his career as a salesman for a tie company, he went on to launch his own fashion lines and established himself as a popular name in the fashion industry within years. He is known to be a generous philanthropist.

 10 Virgil Abloh

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 11 Johnny Weir

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 12 Kylie Jenner

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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: August 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
An elite socialite and fashion model, Kylie Jenner is the head of Kylie Cosmetics and creator of the hugely popular line of lipsticks, Kylie Lip Kit. Thrown into the limelight in her teens, courtesy the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner has since gone on to become a highly successful businesswomen and social media influencer.

 13 Kimora Lee Simmons

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Famous As: Model, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Ex-supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons/Leissner now serves as the creative director of the fashion website JustFab. She has also launched a self-titled fashion brand and supports various charitable causes, such as AIDS research, women’s education, and children’s welfare. She has also authored a book and produced her own TV show.

 14 Brandi Glanville

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Tommy Hilfiger

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: March 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 16 Tina Knowles

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 17 Steve Madden

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Nationality: American

 18 Nicole Richie

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

A television personality, actress, writer, and fashion designer, Nicole Richie's professional success has been overshadowed by her off-screen controversies; she was arrested on a couple of occasions for reasons including a brawl, driving under the influence, and drug possession. However, her image is often revitalized by her philanthropic activities; she is associated with organizations like Red Cross and UNICEF.

 19 Jessica Jung

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 20 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 22 Calvin Klein

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 23 Kathy Hilton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 24 Delta Burke

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 25 Aubrey O'Day

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 26 Vera Wang

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Famous As: Designer, Figure skater, Fashion designer
Birthdate: June 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 27 Michael Kors

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Rachel Roy

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 29 Crystal Hefner

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Famous As: Model, Hugh Hefner’s Wife
Birthdate: April 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Model, singer, and fashion blogger Crystal Hefner made headlines when she married Playboy owner Hugh Hefner and became his third wife. She was married to Hefner for almost 5 years, till his death in 2017. She was named the Playboy Playmate of the Month in December 2009.

 30 Jarrod Schulz

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Famous As: Reality TV Star
Birthdate: October 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Jarrod Schulz went from being a sales manager of a carpet-cleaning company to a reality star, when he soared to fame with the A&E reality show Storage Wars, with his girlfriend, Brandi Passante. Schulz and Passante also starred in the spin-off, Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job.

 31 Mia Tyler

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Plus-size model and fashion designer Mia Tyler gained fame with the MTV series House of Style and the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club. She owns a clothing line and has also appeared in the film Rush Hour 3. She has also exhibited her X-rated paintings at various galleries.

 32 Mossimo Giannulli

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Mossimo Giannulli is an American fashion designer. He is credited with founding a mid-range clothing company named Mossimo, which specializes in teenage and youth clothing. Mossimo Giannulli stirred controversy in 2019 when he was arrested in connection with the college bribery scandal. In 2020, he was asked to cough up $250,000 fine and sentenced to five months in prison.

 33 Kimberly Stewart

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Famous As: Model, Reality TV Star
Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 34 Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 35 Blake Anderson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 36 Natali Germanotta

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: March 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Fashion designer and stylist, Natali Germanotta, worked as a stylist on set for the film A Star Is Born. She is the sister of actress and singer, Lady Gaga. She studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. She often works with Lady Gaga and has designed clothes for her. She appeared as herself in a documentary film about her sister.

 37 Diane von Fürstenberg

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 38 Alexander Wang

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 39 L'Wren Scott

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Famous As: Stylist
Birthdate: April 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 17, 2014

 40 Hana Mae Lee

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Famous As: Actress, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Carson Kressley

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Famous As: Designer, Television Show Host, Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Whitney Port

Whitney Port
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 43 Tory Burch

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 44 Santino Rice

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 45 Dylan Walsh

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Dylan Walsh is an American actor best known for playing Dr. Sean McNamara in the popular serial medical drama TV series, Nip/Tuck. He has also played important roles in TV films, such as When We Were Young, Divided by Hate, and More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story.

 46 Michael Michele

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 47 Christian Siriano

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 48 Zac Posen

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: October 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 49 Shoshanna Lonstein

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Davey Havok

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American