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!
Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer
Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821
Businessman

Christian DiorChristian Dior
21 January 1905
Fashion Designers

Raf SimonsRaf Simons
12 January 1968
Fashion Designer

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model

Max AzriaMax Azria
01 January 1949
Fashion Designer
Yves Saint LaurentYves Saint Laurent
01 August 1936
Fashion Designer

Christian LouboutinChristian Louboutin
07 January 1964
designer

Solenn HeussaffSolenn Heussaff
20 July 1985
Video Jockey

Pierre CardinPierre Cardin
02 July 1922
Grand couturier
Thierry MuglerThierry Mugler
21 December 1948
Grand couturier, Designer

Paco RabannePaco Rabanne
18 February 1934
Grand couturier, Fashion designer, Businessperson
Hedi SlimaneHedi Slimane
05 July 1968
Grand couturier, Photographer, Designer

Hubert de GivenchyHubert de Givenchy
21 February 1927
Art collector, Grand couturier, Designer, Postage

Oleg CassiniOleg Cassini
11 April 1913
Costume designer
Nicolas GhesquièreNicolas Ghesquière
09 May 1971
Grand couturier

Pierre BalmainPierre Balmain
18 May 1914
Grand couturier, Costume designer
Carine RoitfeldCarine Roitfeld
19 September 1954
Editor-in-chief, Journalist, Model, Fashion

Christian AudigierChristian Audigier
21 May 1958
Designer, Fashion designer

Christian LacroixChristian Lacroix
16 May 1951
Grand couturier, Designer, Postage stamp designer
Sonia RykielSonia Rykiel
25 May 1930
Grand couturier, Designer, Children's writer

Jean LouisJean Louis
05 October 1907
Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer
Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier
24 April 1952
 

Inès de La FressangeInès de La Fressange
11 August 1957
Model, Journalist, Fashion designer

Paul PoiretPaul Poiret
20 April 1879
Grand couturier

Jean PatouJean Patou
19 August 1880
grand couturier, costume designer
Guy LarocheGuy Laroche
16 July 1921
Grand couturier
Madeleine VionnetMadeleine Vionnet
22 June 1876
Grand couturier

Jeanne LanvinJeanne Lanvin
01 January 1867
Grand couturier

Emanuel UngaroEmanuel Ungaro
13 February 1933
Grand couturier, Postage stamp designer

Yves Saint-LaurentYves Saint-Laurent
01 August 1936
French fashion designer