A stunning, well-tailored costume will do more to improve your image than a pair of old frayed jeans. Consumers want to wear good-looking clothes and attractive jewelry to enhance or maintain their standing in society. We proudly wear designer shoes, carry around Gucci handbags, and wear D&G sunglasses. The fashion industry is a big part of our economy. This web page provides information on fashion, style, haute couture, clothes, apparel, accessories, shoes, fashion shows, and designers. Who are the people behind the brand names that are so familiar? Here is a short list:
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) created feminine fashion that provided the feeling of luxury and combined traditional women's clothing with styles, fabrics, and articles of clothing used by men. She felt comfortable wearing sports jackets and men's ties in casual settings. Her fashion revolution liberated women to express their femininity with elegance and grace. Chanel's logo is frequently seen in perfumes, purses, shoes, and jewelry.
Prada was founded by Mario Prada and his brother in 1913 when they opened a luxurious boutique in Milan. The shop included imported silver, Austrian crystal, and exquisite leather handbags and luggage. The tradition of high-quality distinctive goods is continued today.
The Hollywood film "The Devil Wears Prada", starring Meryl Streep, has brought a lot of attention to the world of fashion. The film is a testament to the amazing transformations that can be achieved by wearing elegant clothing.
Naeem Khan was born in 1958 in Mumbai, India. He is the designer and CEO of a company that he launched in 2003. His designs have become very popular in the American fashion industry and are frequently worn by Hollywood celebrities. His work employs colorful handmade fabrics in ornate and intricately detailed arrangements. Dresses with his label are sold in high end stores, including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Stacy Keibler wore a black sleeveless gown by Naeem Khan at the 2013 Oscars ceremony. The dress featured V-shaped designs of silver studs from the neckline to the waist and from the waist to the knees, while the hips were accentuated by circular designs.
Gianni Versace (1946-1997) became interested in fashion working in his mother's small dress shop. His first commercial success was the design of a line of clothes for Florentine Flowers in 1972. Versace continued a successful clothing design career in Milan. By 1978 he had become a design leader of women's and men's fashions. After Gianni's death, his brother Santo Versace became the CEO of the Versace firm and his sister Donatella Versace became the head of design. Jennifer Lopez wore a sensational green dress by Versace to the Grammys in 2000.
Jean-Paul Gaultier (1952- ) is a French fashion designer who never received formal design training. He started sending sketches to famous couture stylists, and Pierre Cardin hired him as an assistant in 1970. His first individual collection was released in 1976. By 1981 he was known for irreverent, provocative designs, and for using unconventional models in his exhibitions, such as old and fat women, or tattooed and pierced models. Gaultier's sheer lace design worn by Teri Hatcher at the 2006 Grammy Awards drew international attention. Gaultier was again in the spotlight with his design of the scalloped gown worn by Marion Cotillard, the Best Actress winner at the 2008 Oscars ceremony.
Born in New York as Ralph Lifshitz in 1939, Ralph Lauren is a designer of affordable casual dress. In 1967 he purchased the Polo label and launched a world-wide fashion empire that includes clothing lines for men and women. His business ventures have also diversified to include home decor.
The Polo label features an image of a rider on a horse swinging a polo club. The design is bold and sometimes very large, which makes you question whether it is something that you should flaunt or whether you should feel self-conscious for being a walking advertisement.
Giorgio Armani (1934- ) abandoned the study of medicine to become a photographer. He initially worked as a window dresser for the Italian department store La Rinascente, and later became a designer under Nino Cerruti. He established his own company in 1974, and gained fame and success with his streamlined tailoring, imaginative designs, and sophisticated choice of materials for many Hollywood personalities. Some of his alluring couture creations use animal prints, satin, velvet, and sparkling Swarovski crystals which shimmer with every movement of the body.
Giorgio Armani has also applied his artistic skills to coordinate the interior and exterior of the Mercedes-Benz CLK automobile using classic brown leather for the trim and the center console, and subtle greenish tints for the exterior paint.
Guccio Gucci (1881-1953) was the son of an Italian leather craftsman. He learned to appreciate international culture through his travels to Paris and London. When he returned to Italy in 1920, he opened his first Gucci shop in Florence where he featured finely crafted equestrian accessories. Guccio's sons expanded the firm by opening new shops in Rome, Milan, and New York. The Gucci brand may be found in luggage, handbags, sunglasses, as well as in perfumes. Today, there are over 180 Gucci boutiques in the world, and Gucci articles are sold in many stores serving clients who have a taste for luxury.
Louis-François Cartier established a jewelry company in 1847 that catered to multi-national royalty and celebrities. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris for the design, manufacture, and distribution of jewelry and watches. Pierre Cartier, a son of Louis-François, established a branch of the company in New York City in 1909. The company is known for the high quality of its products.
Tommy Hilfiger (1951- ) struggled when he first started in business. His store "The People's Place", in upstate New York went bankrupt when he was 25. Tommy Hilfiger incorporated a company bearing his own name and became its president from 1982 until 1989. Starting from men's jeans and sportswear, the Hilfiger brand now is licensed for an extensive collection of men's and women's wear, children's wear, footwear, eyeglasses, fragrances, and home furnishings.
In 1925, Edoardo Fendi and Adele Casagrande established a leather and fur shop in Rome that was enormously successful. In 1965, the inverted FF logo was introduced and became an international status symbol. Today, the Fendi company has a large store on New York's Fifth Avenue, as well as numerous Fendi boutiques around the world. The high prices commanded by the fashionable Fendi purses have created a large market for fake goods from Asia bearing logos that are eerily similar to the inverted FF.
Dolce & Gabbana
Domenico Dolce (1958- ) and Stefano Gabbana (1962- ) met while working as assistants in a studio in Milan. In 1985, they took part in a fashion show featuring "New Talent", and the following year, they presented their first independent women's ready-to-wear show. Dolce and Gabbana have expanded their line to include menswear and fragrances in shops across the world. D&G designs feature richly colored fabrics, outrageous Mediterranean style, extravagantly embroidered coats, gangster boss pinstripe suits, and underwear-as-outerwear. Their line of underwear is promoted with alluring ads featuring models with beautiful bodies in provocative poses.
Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008)
Yves Saint Laurent was born in Algeria. He became Christian Dior's principal assistant in Paris, and at the age of 21 he took over as the head of the House of Dior. Yves St. Laurent became notable for introducing trousers as business and formal attire for women. He opened his own Paris fashion house in 1961, featuring knitted turtlenecks, thigh-length boots, and women's broad-shouldered trouser suits. The Yves St. Laurent logo is synonymous with high fashion and it is featured on eyeglasses, purses, perfumes, shoes, and cosmetics.
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