The Biggest Names In Fashion In The 20th Century

Giorgio Armani

Armani launched his label in 1975, but it was the 1980 film "American Gigolo" that made him famous as it featured Richard Gere wearing many of his designs. Armani is famous for introducing the soft shoulder on custom-designed suits.

Manolo Blahnik

The first man to appear on the cover of UK Vogue, Blahnik revived the stiletto in the 1970s when platform heels were the height of fashion. Blahnik has created thousands of shoes in creative styles throughout his career.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana launched their luxury label in 1982. Their business relationship continues to thrive, even if their marriage didn't. Their celebrity clients include Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld began his career freelancing for fashion houses such as Valentino, Chloe, Curiel and Fendi. Lagerfeld’s signature looks can best be described as over-the-top and bold. He is also credited for turning Chanel into one of the world’s most profitable luxury brands.

Miuccia Prada

Mario Prada founded the company in 1913 and his granddaughter Miuccia Prada took over the company in 1978, making Prada the success it is today. Miuccia has also started other fashion-forward labels that are equally successful, such as Miu Miu

Christian Louboutin

“A shoe has so much to offer than just to walk,” stated Louboutin, who has revolutionized the shoe industry. His famous design styles include red soles, heels with hidden platforms, an open toe and the svelte spike.

Ralph Lauren

Lauren began his label in 1967 by designing broader, vibrant ties, expanded into a menswear line and finally began a womens-wear line in 1971. Billed as one of the world’s most successful fashion empires, Lauren’s designs are fun, preppy and sporty

Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes, a British journalist and respected fashion critic, is currently the International Fashion Editor for 19 worldwide editions of Vogue. Her career as a fashion journalist spans over 25 years.

Mario Testino

The Peru-born photographer moved to London in the 1970s to begin his career. From shooting personalities like Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana to discovering models like Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen, Testino is one of the most respected names in the world of fashion photography.

Annie Leibovitz

An iconic photographer of her times, Leibovitz began her career at Rolling Stone. Her four-decade long career includes numerous covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair and campaigns for Louis Vuitton.

Kate Moss

Discovered by photographer Mario Testino, Moss launched her career in the late 1980s. Her thin frame was a departure from the curvaceous models around that time. She has since launched her own fashion line.

Naomi Campbell

The first black model to grace the covers of fashion magazines such as French and British Vogue, Campbell was one of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s.

Cindy Crawford

Crawford has graced more than 1,000 magazine covers from 1986 to 2000. She remained the face for Revlon for more than a decade.


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