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  1. American Designers

  2. Highest paid fashion executive in the US in 2001. Self-taught designer of men’s tailored clothing. Tommy Hilfiger

  3. Paved the way for designer jeans. Known for risqué advertising. Considered by many to be the most prominent American designer. Calvin Klein

  4. Upscale women’s and men’s suits and sportswear. Seven CFDA awards. Sold financial aspect of business to LVMH. Donna Karan

  5. Known for couture bridal designs for individual clients. Began career as a senior fashion editor for Vogue. Vera Wang

  6. Sean John collection for boy’s and men’s wear. Earner $100 million per year in his first two years. Sean “P Diddy” Combs

  7. First American designer to introduce pinstripes and houndstooth into womenswear. Died from cancer in 2002. Bill Blass

  8. Texas native relocated to Paris. Creative director for Gucci and Yves St Laurent who is credited with saving the companies from bankruptcy; has recently resigned. Considered one of the most influential designers ever. Tom Ford

  9. Classy “preppy” sophisticated styles for women and men. Began by designing wide neckties. Ralph Lauren

  10. Widely regarded as the patron saint of vintage New York chic. Known for understated wool dresses with a high round neckline, sequined cocktail dresses, and sailor motifs. Norman Norell

  11. Italian Designers

  12. Sister of Gianni Versace, continued the business after his death. Features electric colours, sensuous fabrics, clingy silhouettes, and bold sexiness Donatella Versace

  13. Mime performer turned fashion mogul. Added womenswear to the leather handbag lines after inheriting the family business Muccia Prada

  14. Consistent popularity for four decades. His vintage gowns are considered collectables. (Ex: Julia Roberts’ black gown with white piping Oscar Night 2001). Valentino

  15. French Designers

  16. Known most for women’s streetwear and evening gowns. Designed first in Paris, then moved to New York. Oscar de la Renta

  17. Signature Chanel jacket. One version of the “little black dress.” Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

  18. Known for huge evening coats. Chemise dresses, pillbox hats, and long, full skirts. Cristobal Balenciaga

  19. Was the first designer of haute couture to introduce a collection of luxury women’s ready-to-wear. Enjoyed a legendary friendship with actress Audrey Hepburn who became the brand’s ambassador. Hubert de Givenchy

  20. British Designers

  21. One of the originators of the Mod Look of the 1960’s. Miniskirts, vinyl boots, geometric patterns, strong colours. Mary Quant