Famous American Fashion Designers
January 6, 2011
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Do you have aspirations of becoming a fashion designer? With hard work and determination, anything is possible. Many of America's top fashion designers rose to the top through hard work and persistence. Take a look at some well-known American fashion designers:
Ralph Lauren came from humble beginnings. He was born in the Bronx on October 14, 1939. His parents were immigrants from Belarus; his father worked as a house painter. Lauren didn't go to school for Fashion Design. He got started in the industry by working as a salesman for Brooks Brothers. He later went on to open a necktie store in 1967 and sold his own ties with the "Polo" label. His first menswear line was introduced in 1970 and a women's line followed in 1971. Since then, Lauren has been known for his classic, All-American sportswear.
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. He attended the High School of Art and Design. He designed his first collection in 1986, and won The Council of Fashion Designers of America's (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1987. He's well-known for designing a grunge clothing collection that featured flannel shirts, skull caps and Doc Martens. That infamous collection led to his dismissal from Perry Ellis. Since then, Jacobs has won numerous awards for his men's, women's and accessory lines. His fashions are known for bright colors, over-sized prints and buttons and bows.
Nanette Lepore was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Lepore knew that she wanted to be a fashion designer after she designed a costume for a neighbor when she was 9 years old. Lepore graduated from Youngstown State University and later earned a design degree. Lepore launched her label in 1992. She opened her first store in California, while selling her designs to clients in Europe and Asia. She now has 10 boutiques worldwide and her fashions are a hit with many popular celebrities. She is known for her feminine and youthful gypsy-inspired designs.
Diane von Furstenberg
Furstenberg was born on December 31, 1946, and grew up in Brussels, Belgium. She actually studied economics in college. In 1969, she married a German prince. The couple divorced three years later. Furstenberg began designing women's clothing while raising her two children. In 1972, the world was introduced to her signature piece - the wrap dress. By 1976, millions of her dresses had been sold. After that, Furstenberg took a break from fashion only to re-launch her line of famous dresses in 1997. Furstenberg became a U.S. citizen in 2002. She currently serves as the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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