Top 10 Fashion Designers in the World

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The most beautiful and elegant outfits worn by the most popular celebrities and models are the ones that have been designed by the best fashion designers in the world. Their unique creations provide an excellent source of inspiration for the most dedicated fashion followers who are currently patiently waiting to see the new fall collection of their favourite fashion icons, and are looked up to as ideal role models for those people wanting to become fashion designers.

Through each of their designs, which are sold for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, these famous personalities have proved just how talented and successful they really are. Fashion trendsetters including Armani, Gucci, Prada and D&G have managed to establish themselves in the high fashion industry and have won the heart of every woman – and quite possibly man, too – around the world, most of who can only dream of wearing their exceptional creations.

Despite the fact that the names of these popular designers have become so distinctive around the world, not many people are actually familiar with their real stories behind the curtains of stardom. As such, you may be surprised to learn that most of them had to start their careers from humble beginnings and make some daring first steps towards starting their businesses. In fact, it’s quite interesting to learn how they made their own way to success and came to prominence, earning the status of a billionaire.

So, let’s go over the list with the most popular and successful fashion designers in the world.

1. Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren’s famous quote ‘I don’t design clothes. I design dreams’ epitomizes the passion he demonstrates in his work. Before Lauren became a prominent designer, he worked in retail and went on to launch his own clothing, fragrance, accessories, and even furniture lines. In 1967, he founded his clothing company Ralph Lauren Corporation which is headquartered in New York City. All of Lauren’s designs are remarkable and considered as classics in the fashion scene. Lauren is worth $6.2 million, according to Forbes.

2. Giorgio Armani

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Giorgio Armani, who has been credited as the pioneer of red carpet fashion, is well-known for his menswear creations which are desirable by every man around the world. After establishing his own company in 1975, Armani designed many elegant suits for football players and Italian Olympic athletes, and even dressed the Bruce Wayne in The Dark Night in 2008. Quite interestingly, Armani also designed many of Lady Gaga’s outfits for a variety of high-profile award events like the Grammy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. Armani is worth $7.7, according to Forbes.

3. Marc Jacobs

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Another highly successful designer dominating the fashion world is Marc Jacobs. Before Jacobs launched his own collection in 1986 and officially introduced the Marc Jacobs label, he worked as a stock boy at Charivari, a New York clothing boutique. As a creative director, he also worked closely with Louis Vuitton and launched a collection that was a huge success. He currently owns over 200 retail stores around the world and his net worth is estimated at $100 million, according to TheRichest.

4. Roberto Cavalli

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Widely known for his exotic print designs, denim and leatherwear, Roberto Cavalli is one of the most influential fashion designers around the globe. After Cavalli established his brand in the 1960s, he started working on menswear creations and eyewear, and introduced his Just Cavalli line which targeted a young audience with underwear collections, accessories, perfumes, and jewelry. Cavalli is worth $500 million, according to TheRichest.

5. Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein always knew he would leave a legacy with his name within the fashion industry. After he studied fashion and apprenticed for a suit manufacturer, Klein established his own company in 1968 to design clothes and, more specifically, suits and coats. Today, Calvin Klein Inc. which is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan specializes in creating sportswear, perfumes and jewelry, while Klein himself is estimated to be worth $700 million, according to TheRichest.

6. Jean-Paul Gaultier

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Jean-Paul Gaultier is one of the most influential French fashion designers around. As a specialist in creating custom-fitted clothing that resemble his high-end fashion designs as well as prêt-à-porter (or ready-to-wear) clothing, he managed to gain prominence in the field and showcase his own unique style. After he launched his design house in 1982, his designs got much attention as they challenged gender stereotypes by neglecting traditional gender roles. TheRichest reports Gaultier is worth $100 million.

7. Jimmy Choo

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Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo has become popular for his handmade women’s shoe designs. As a talented craftsman, Choo succeeded in creating the most fashionable shoes in the world and his designs were first featured in Vogue. Jimmy Choo Ltd., which was founded as recent as 1996, currently sells handbags, accessories and perfumes. Choo also claims to have been Princess Diana’s shoemaker, while TheRichest estimate his net worth to hover around $50 million. 

8. Dolce & Gabbana

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The collaboration of two of the most famous Italian fashion designers in the world, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, led to the foundation of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house in 1985. At first, they focused on designing underwear, swimming costumes and perfumes, and have recently gone on to work on footwear, handbags, and cosmetics. Their net worth is currently estimated at $5.3 billion.

9. Miuccia Prada

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Miuccia Prada joined the company her grandfather launched in 1970, despite the fact that he didn’t want any female members involved in the business. At the time, no one knew that what was once a small leather goods shop would go on to become one of the biggest and most influential luxury fashion houses in the world. Prada currently sells high fashion products that follow a techno minimalistic design, including shoes, handbags and luggage. Forbes reports that she is worth $3.2 billion.

10. Valentino Garavani

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Eighty-three-year-old Valentino Garavani, better known simply as Valentino, has been in the fashion industry for many years and as such has acquired vast experience in the field. After having worked for many luxury fashion houses such as Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche, the famous fashion icon founded Valentino SpA in 1960 in the heart of Italy, and even designed clothes for the former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Today, Valentino’s designs have the power to make every woman look extraordinarily glamorous with his famous fabric of ‘Valentino Red’, and TheRichest estimates his net worth to be around $1.5 billion.

Since everyone has different tastes in style, we often choose clothes that match our personality and desires. These designers that are just impossible for us to ignore have offered so much back to the fashion industry, accommodating the needs of every individual by designing the coolest and most stunning pieces of clothing. Creativity and a keen eye for detail are the skills that made these talented fashion designers so successful and highly globally recognized figures.

After witnessing what these brilliant personalities have achieved, who wouldn’t want to become such a successful designer? Well, I know I would! How about you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!