Famous French Fashion Designers

If haute couture is your style or you want the new pret-a-porter look for that impending prom night, you have to thank French for it, for is from here that fashion emerges and expands. France, the world capital of fashion, has been the potboiler of fashion industry - the mecca of style. From old school giants such as Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Céline, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Rochas, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent to a bevy of savvy yet accomplished modern designers such as Isabel Marant, Alice Lemoine, Vanessa Bruno or Bouchra Jarrar, France’s fashion industry has been ever-changing and evolving. And much of that has been because of the talented bunch of fashion designers that the country has been home to. French fashion designers not just dominate the ramp but the wardrobes of millions of people. They are the ones who kick off a trend and determine what’s in and what’s out. Their collections are full of life; each apparel having a story of its own and being a treat for the visual senses. What gives them the edge over other designers is their nuance for detailing, exquisite craftsmanship, interesting palette of colors and impressive cutting and tailoring technique. If you want to taste French fashion, check out the life story and works of some of the most artistically-endowed French fashion designers. Get some handy tips!

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 1 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.

 2 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.

 3 Christian Louboutin

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

 4 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

 5 Yves Saint-Laurent

Yves Saint-Laurent.
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Famous As: French fashion designer
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oran
Died: June 1, 2008

 6 Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 4, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
Died: February 27, 1892

After losing his parents at 10, Louis Vuitton ran away to Paris, where he gained repute as a box-maker/packer, and was even hired by Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. He then founded the iconic French fashion and luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, which now operates in 50 countries.

 7 Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: March 10, 2018
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 8 Thierry Mugler

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

 9 Paco Rabanne

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

 10 Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: April 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bagneux, France

 11 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.

 12 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

 13 Solenn Heussaff

Solenn Heussaff
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Famous As: Video Jockey
Birthdate: July 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Makati City, Philippines

 14 Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel
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Famous As: Grand couturier, Designer, Children's writer
Birthdate: May 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 25, 2016

 15 Hedi Slimane

Hedi Slimane
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

 16 Jean Patou

Jean Patou.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 19, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 8, 1936

Jean Patou was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular French fashion house, Jean Patou. Over the years, several popular fashion designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Bohan, and Jean Paul Gaultier have worked for Jean Patou. Patou is also credited with creating the designer tie, which he invented in the 1920s.

 17 Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oran, French Algeria
Died: June 1, 2008

 18 Jeanne Lanvin

Jeanne Lanvin
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: January 1, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 6, 1946

 19 Oleg Cassini

Oleg Cassini
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Famous As: Costume designer
Birthdate: April 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: March 17, 2006

 20 Christian Audigier

Christian Audigier
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Famous As: Designer, Fashion designer
Birthdate: May 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Avignon
Died: July 9, 2015

 21 Nicolas Ghesquière

Nicolas Ghesquière
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Comines

 22 Max Azria

Max Azria.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sfax

Max Azria was a Tunisia-born fashion designer. He was the founder of the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA and the chairman and CEO of the global fashion house the BCBG Max Azria Group. The brand was eventually sold to Marquee Brands and Global Brands Group. Azria was twice married and had six children. He died of lung cancer in 2019. 

 23 Erté

Erté
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: April 21, 1990

 24 Paul Marciano

Paul Marciano
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Debdou, Morocco

 25 Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: April 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 30, 1944

 26 Uffie

Uffie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 27 Inès de La Fressange

Inès de La Fressange
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gassin, France

 28 Jean Louis

Jean Louis
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Famous As: Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer
Birthdate: October 5, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 20, 1997

 29 Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Julia Restoin Roitfeld
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France

 30 Madeleine Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: June 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chilleurs-aux-Bois
Died: March 2, 1975

 31 Guy Laroche

Guy Laroche
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: July 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Rochelle
Died: February 17, 1989

 32 Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 3, 1998

 33 André Courrèges

André Courrèges
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: March 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: January 7, 2016

 34 Nicole Farhi

Nicole Farhi
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France

 35 Emanuel Ungaro

Emanuel Ungaro
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
Died: December 22, 2019

 36 Agnès B.

Agnès B.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, France

 37 Georgina Brandolini d'Adda

Georgina Brandolini d'Adda
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro Brazil

 38 Ted Lapidus

Ted Lapidus
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 29, 2008

 39 Lilly Daché

Lilly Daché
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Famous As: Milliner
Birthdate: October 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bègles, France
Died: December 31, 1989

 40 Pauline Trigère

Pauline Trigère
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 13, 2002