Famous French Fashion Designers These designers had a timeless sense of fashion and were able to express themselves through their clothes.
Coco Chanel • Born August 18, 1883 died January 10, 1971 • Founded the Chanel brand
Louis Vuitton • Born 4 August 1821, died 27 February 1892 • Founded the Louis Vuitton Brand
Yves Saint Laurent • He was one of the greatest fashion names in French history • He is credited by being the first designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows and reference non-European looks in his work
Christian Dior • His family had hoped he would become a diplomat, but he was much more interested in art and fashion • He sold some of his fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents each.
René Lacoste • He’s known worldwide for creating a famous tennis shirt that can be recognized by its signature crocodile symbol
Pierre Cardin • He invented the bubble dress in 1954
Thierry Hermès • Founded the Hermès fashion company that specializes in leather, accessories, perfume, and luxury goods
Christian Lacroix • Critics didn’t believe in the type of clothing he was creating so in retaliation he opened up his own boutiques in Paris • He is most known for inventing the iconic puffball skirt
Jean Paul Gaultier • Creative director of Hermès from 2003 – 2010
Famous French Fashion Trends • Boots and skinny jeans • Ballet flats • Rising waist lines • Floppy handbags • Lacy units • Lot of brown, aqua, and taupe
French Perfume Examples: • Balenciaga • Hermès • Lacoste • Guerlain • Givenchy • Dior
Lancôme Paris • It is a cosmetic house owned by L'Oreal and it was founded in 1935 in France • It is endorsed by many prominent actresses and supermodels across the globe
Cacharel • Created in 1962, it is known for its refinement and elegant scent
Fashion Week in France The French Fashion week is held in the Carrousel de Louvre. The expression Haute Couture is, in France, a legally protected name, guaranteeing certain quality standards. French Fashion is usually sophisticated and often understated. It’s an interesting mix of masculine and feminine, and sometimes unconventional but still elegant and has a seemingly effortless look.