Fashion Editorial

The Lasting Legacies of Three Famous Fashion Designers

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While some might see the fashion world as a fickle one, there’s no denying that a special handful of famous fashion designers have left a legacy that inspires industry-wide love and loyalty long after they are gone. Who are these exceptional designers, and what is it that made each of them so famous? Overall it seems to be a combination of skill, a love of fashion and a larger-than-life personality. Here’s a list of three late great fashion designers, and the legacies that made them famous:

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971)

We have this daring damsel to thank for some revolutionary womens fashion; the French designer created clothes for women that were comfortable and simple as well as beautiful. She debuted the Little Black Dress in the 1920’s, and this famous women’s garment has been replicated and re-imagined by countless fashion designers ever since. Chanel is also famous for popularising gorgeous, over-the-top costume jewellery, and it was this fashion designer’s sun-kissed complexion that made suntanned skin a must-have fashion statement for women in the 20s.

To this day, Coco Chanel is still famous as one of the pioneering womens fashion designers who did away with frills and fuss in favour of a young, energetic and above all, liberated fashion aesthetic.

Alexander McQueen (1969 -2010) 

McQueen was a British-born fashion designer who became world famous for his elaborate yet elegant designs. His lustrous career saw him rise among the world’s most famous fashion designers, receiving numerous prestigious awards and being awarded the CBE. Despite his tragically early death at the age of 40, McQueen’s unforgettable fashion creations will ensure that the designer’s legacy lives on for decades to come. International style icons and celebrities remain devoted fans of McQueen’s work.

Yves Saint Laurent (1936 – 2008)

This fashion designer became famous shortly after entering the industry at the young age of 17. He was one of the first fashion designers to include models of all races in his runway fashion shows, and he was also famous for drawing design inspiration from a diverse variety of international cultures. Yves Saint Laurent studied under Christian Dior and became head designer at the House of Dior at only 21, following his mentor’s sudden death.

Yves Saint Laurent is still considered one of the most famous names in the history of fashion designers; his gorgeous couture creations, and iconic designs such as the womens tuxedo suit, remain famous to this day.

These are just a few of the famous fashion designers who have made a lasting impression on the industry.

Hopefully y’all find this entry interesting. If you have any comments, suggestion or question feel free to let me know. Til’ next xox!

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. Navaneetham Krishnan

    May 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    These designers are so popular all over the world and I wish I can spent on the clothes the bring out.

  2. Karen

    May 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I specially love McQueen’s style!

  3. Style Diaries

    May 10, 2012 at 2:12 am

    i love coco’s style, very classic but still chic.

  4. Donna

    May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for the info irog. Familiar nga mga names nila. Sikat eh. hehe. I love their styles too. Btw, ganda ng new theme mo. Love it 🙂

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