Well-known Designers who transformed the Fashion Industry


Evelyn Rosales

Fashion designers create works of art that excite audiences to market a product. 

They predict trends and shape the fashion industry, particularly in the design process. Designers must be creative and artistic with the ability to visualize a piece and effectively create it. Many well-known fashion designers manufacture expensive clothing for luxury fashion brands. A few of the most exclusive brands include Hermes, Valentino, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Gucci. Most of these fashion houses originated from France and even some from Italy.


One of the oldest, Hermes, was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermes in Paris, France. Hermes is a family business that is passed down from generation to generation. Thierry Hermes worked as a leatherworker as the brand was initially known for the production of harnesses and saddles for horses. Another provider of designer clothing, Louis Vuitton, was founded in 1854, also in Paris. Vuitton struggled at a young age but was diligent and made leather trunks before becoming one of the most popular designers in the world. Louis Vuitton might have started with luggage, but the brand has been very successful and expanded to producing fashion, jewelry and shoes. 


Chanel was founded in 1910 by Gabrielle Chanel in Paris, France. Gabrielle Chanel, also known as Coco Chanel, was a famous French designer and businesswoman born an orphan and lived in poverty. She learned to sew in a commune she resided in and created her own fashion empire from the ground up. Coco was an icon and one of few women to own a successful fashion house; The brand’s products now include designer clothes, fragrances, handbags and watches. French luxury brand Dior, was founded by Christian Dior in 1946. The distinguished designer sold some of his fashion sketches and eventually got a job illustrating the french magazine Figaro Illustré. He had a rivalry with Coco Chanel and initially struggled with women’s fashion, but eventually innovated his designs to appeal to the female audience.


The high-end brand Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Italy. Guccio worked in a hotel as a porter, an employee that carries luggage, and was inspired to create his own luggages. So, Guccio opened a small family-owned luggage store and became one of the most influential people in fashion best known for his leather craftsmanship. Valentino by Valentino Garavani, was founded in 1959 in Rome, Italy. Garavani worked as an apprentice to local designers and gained attention for his work. Soon Valentino became a famed brand designing breath-taking fashion for many celebrities.


Some of the most influential fashion designers were those who launched the Luxury brands the world knows today. These artists transformed the future of fashion using their attention to detail and imagination to construct works of art. These fashion houses and the designers who created them, guided the fashion industry into what it is now.