The final part of our journey through the world of fashion allows us to take a peek into the worlds of Coco Chanel, Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. We will see how important these three fashion gods are to the clothes that exist today and the rich legacies they all left to the fashion industry.
Another American on our list to join Ralph Lauren, Klein was born in New York in 1942 and is well known to have capitalized on his charm, charisma and striking good looks. Calvin Klein has always held a mystique about himself which his made his designs even more sought after. Possibly his biggest rival in the fashion world is Ralph Lauren, and the hard-working Lauren is known to resent how effortlessly Klein operates. Klein has the ability to charm the pants off a giraffe and is the king of working the room.
Giorgio Armani is one of the most talented Italian designers that has ever lived, his classic menswear has stood the test of time, and the clean tailored lines have been copied by many in the fashion industry. Twice Armani has been credited with the award of the Most Successful Italian Designer, once in 1975 and again in 2001. His own personal fortune is estimated at around $7 billion and the Armani corporation has an annual turnover of $1.6 billion. Giorgio Armani is a fashion legend and, to some, a god and a living fashion legend. One of his most remembered actions was to ban any models working for Armani who had a BMI of under 18. He is totally against the current fashion of the waif as he does not think it represents the true female form and is dangerous to health.
Not the most recognizable name in our blog, but Donna Karan is a serious player in the world of fashion and therefore deserves to be mentioned. Donna Karan was responsible for launching the Seven Easy Pieces range of clothing and was an integral part of a team that launched many designs. Karan is most famous for designing and creating the popular DKNY label and brand of clothing and associated products. The Donna Karan New York label is now famous across the world and is a testament to her hard work.
No article on great fashion designers of all time could possibly be complete with the name Coco Chanel. Chanel once said to be irreplaceable, one always must be different. This quotation sums up Chanel’s design ethics to a tee. Coco Chanel always pushed boundaries in her work, throughout her working life Chanel utilized practical design in the pursuit of expensive simplicity. It is hardly surprising that she is the only fashion designer who appears on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People of the Century.