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Elsa Schiaparelli

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...Italian-born couturier Elsa Schiaparelli was active in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, where she was the main rival of Coco Chanel. Encouraged by Paul Poiret, she began to design clothes and soon became one of the most prominent figures...

Mary Quant

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...British fashion designer Mary Quant opened her first shop “Bazaar” on Chelsea’s King’s Road, London, in November 1955. Quant studied at Goldsmiths School of Art where she met Alexander Plunket-Greene, later to be her business partner...
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...Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo studied philosophy, fine art, and literature at Keio University. In 1969, Kawakubo started her Comme des Garçons fashion label and opened her boutique in Tokyo in 1975. She debuted her first...

Donna Karan

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...The American fashion designer Donna Karan studied at Parsons New School of Design, New York, before going on to work for the sportswear designer Anne Klein. Karan founded her eponymous fashion label, which is associated with simple...

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin

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...Fashion designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin began her career as apprentice to a milliner and dressmaker before opening her own millinery studio in Paris . Lanvin began by designing children’s wear, moving into womenswear when customers asked...

Madeleine Vionnet

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...Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer. She opened her own salon in 1912 and after the war she became a prominent designer in Paris until she retired in 1940. Vionnet is credited with creating the coupé en biais or bias cut...

Coco Chanel

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...French fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel (b. 1883) is best known as the creative genius behind such iconic pieces as the little black dress, the two-piece tweed skirt suit, and trousers for women. In the 1920s and 1930s...

Miuccia Prada

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...Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer with an early training in mime and performance and later, a PhD in Political Science. She is the youngest granddaughter of Prada founder Mario. When Miuccia took over in 1978, she changed...

Stella McCartney

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...Stella McCartney graduated from Central Saint Martins art school in 1995. She was successful quite quickly and after only two collections, she was appointed creative director of the fashion house Chloé in Paris in 1997. In October 2001 she...

Raymond Loewy

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...French-born American industrial designer, graphic artist, and architect, who became one of the first designers to achieve celebrity status through his public relations exercises and the sheer breadth and volume of his design work. Loewy...