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 Kate Spade

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Died: June 5, 2018

Kate Spade was an American entrepreneur and fashion designer. Spade is credited with founding Kate Spade New York, a popular luxury fashion design house, which competes with the likes of Michael Kors. Kate Spade is also credited with creating stylish and affordable handbags that caused quite a revolution in the fashion world.

 2 Ralph Lauren

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: October 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx

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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Michael Kors

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York
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 8 Mary-Kate Olsen

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Famous As: Actress, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 9 Vera Wang

Vera Wang
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Famous As: Designer, Figure skater, Fashion designer
Birthdate: June 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Beginning her career as an editor for Vogue, American fashion designer Vera Wang began to work independently at the age of forty, designing wedding dresses, evening gowns and figure skating costumes for her celebrity patrons, eventually opening retail stores in several big cities across the world. Also a successful figure skater, she competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

 10 Virgil Abloh

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

 11 Olivia Culpo

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island

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.

 12 Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 13 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

 14 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.

 15 Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States
American actress Lisa Rinna is best known for playing Billie Reed in TV series Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride in TV series Melrose Place. She has been a main cast member on the reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since 2014. Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The NYT best-seller Rinnavation.

 16 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.

 17 Brandi Glanville

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States

Best known for her appearance on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville is a designer and model who has also hosted podcasts and released two bestselling books. Apart from working with brands such as Valentino and Gucci, she has also appeared in movies such as The Hungover Games.

 18 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

Nicky Hilton Rothschild.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Nicky Hilton Rothschild is an American businesswoman, model, socialite, and fashion designer. Born in Hilton family, Nicky is also a member of Rothschild family through her marriage. In 2004, Hilton launched her own clothing line and started her second line, Nicholai,  in 2007. She has also supported a range of charitable organizations, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Make-a-wish Foundation among others.

 19 Johnny Weir

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA

American figure skating champion Johnny Weir is also a two-time Olympian and has several medals in his kitty, including a bronze in the 2008 World Championship. The son of a nuclear engineer father, he was a skilled equestrian before he began training in skating at 12.

 20 Diane von Fürstenberg

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels

 21 Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, United States

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 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

 25 Kathy Hilton

Kathy Hilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 26 Steve Madden

Steve Madden
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Far Rockaway, New York, United States

 27 Jarrod Schulz

Jarrod Schulz.
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Famous As: Reality TV Star
Birthdate: October 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
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.

 28 Mossimo Giannulli

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: California

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.

 29 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

 30 Christian Siriano

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

 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 Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

Known for her “valley girl’ accent, Kristin Cavallari gained fame with the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Apart from gracing the cover of Seventeen, she has also been featured in Rolling Stone. She is now a fashion designer with her own brands Uncommon James and Little James.

 33 Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Bernardino County, California, United States

 34 Blake Anderson

Blake Anderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento County, California, U.S.

 35 Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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.

 36 Zac Posen

Zac Posen
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: October 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 37 Crystal Hefner

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Famous As: Model, Hugh Hefner’s Wife
Birthdate: April 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lake Havasu City, Arizona,USA
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.

 38 Mia Tyler

Mia Tyler.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lebanon, New Hampshire
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.

 39 Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart.
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Famous As: Model, Reality TV Star
Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

 40 Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons.
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Famous As: Model, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
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.

 41 L'Wren Scott

L'Wren Scott
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Famous As: Stylist
Birthdate: April 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died: March 17, 2014

 42 Carson Kressley

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

 43 Donna Karan

Donna Karan
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 44 Hana Mae Lee

Hana Mae Lee.
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: California, U.S.

 45 Nicole Richie

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

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.

 46 Betsey Johnson

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

 47 Michael Michele

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

 48 Dylan Walsh

Dylan Walsh.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 49 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. 

 50 Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States