The last chapter of Paris in 100º is about the 10 famous French fashion designers from Paris, the most known city of fashion. The majority of the greatest fashion designers like Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton or Jean-Paul Gaultier are from Paris and the biggest names of haute couture.
As you know, France has been notorious as one of the most artistic countries for many years, and it is obvious that fashion isn’t excluded. Are you a fashion lover taking a trip to Paris? One Hundred Edition has selected the best contemporary, classic and famous French fashion designers who designed luxury clothes and founded luxury brands.
Yves Saint Laurent
This fashion designer left for Paris at the age of 17, where he was able to show Michelde Brunhoff, director of French Vogue, his drawings and she published them directly. During his time at fashion school, he was introduced to Christian Dior and Yves worked at Dior for a long time. In 1961 he set up his own house as a French clothing brand and introduced his famous ‘Le Smoking’ only five years later.
Louis Vuitton started to work was trunk-maker and packer. At first, he developed revolutionary trunks, made from the canvas in the iconic monogram. Son Georges introduced the first Louis Vuitton bag with an exclusive design, the Keepall. From one thing came another and soon enough a smaller version of the Keepall was released, the iconic Speedy.
Lacroix’s dresses have been characterized by extravagance and lavishness. He is known for his 18th century-inspired pouf dress and other Fin de siècle robes. He founded his luxury lifestyle couture house in 1987and studied at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre. For his creations, Christian Lacroix lets himself be inspired by the traditions of Provence where he grew up, his passion for the England of Oscar Wilde, the Beatles, Barcelona, and Venice.
Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel learned the skill of sewing from the nuns in the orphanage, a skill that proves to be useful as she opens her first store in 1910. At first, she started off with hat making, but soon enough made comfortable clothing for women, a revolution for that time.
Jeanne Lanvin is the founder of French fashion brand Lanvin. Originally, she worked as a hatmaker and had her own atelier in Paris. Her beautiful creations started to draw the attention of the French Elite and Lanvin produced dresses for mothers and daughters.
The Haute Couture house of Nina Ricci was founded in 1932, in Paris by Maria Nielli. Maria had always worked for the house of Raffin as a designer, but at her 49th she decided it was time for her own luxury brand. Her technique and materials were very simplistic, yet very feminine, refined and romantic. Because of this, she became one of the most famous French fashion designers ever.
Olivier Rousteing is a French fashion designer. At age 24 as a relatively unknown designer, Rousteing took over as creative director of Balmain. Since his induction in 2011, the label has skyrocketed to stardom due to its association with the Kardashian clan.
This French fashion designer founded her fashion house in 1994, and her collections effortlessly capture Parisian bohemian influences, often inspired by travel and ethnic cultures. She’s known for accessories, especially boots, as well as her ready-to-wear collections.
Iconic fashion designer Christian Dior founded the house of Dior in 1946. Christian was always interested in art. After working for designers Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, Christian created his own label: he made a huge impression with his first collection with an exclusive design: the New Look – a very feminine line, with a narrow waist and knee-length skirts.
Beginning his career in 1970 at Pierre Cardin, Jean-Paul Gaultier launched his own label in 1976. In a move characteristic of his position in French fashion as something of an enfant terrible, in 1997 Jean-Paul Gaultier entered the world of haute couture and become a fashion icon and master.