Who Are Some Famous Women Fashion Designers?


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Famous woman fashion designers include Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace and Vera Wang. Some are contemporary designers as of 2015, while others were artists of decades past.

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Chanel, who was born in 1883 in France, is best known for her timeless suits and for introducing the little black dress.

Von Furstenberg's career gained the most traction in the 1970s due to her signature wrap dress. By 1976, she had sold 5 million dresses and garnered fame in the fashion world, leading to a design empire including fragrances; she also wrote several memoirs.

Donatella Versace is the younger sister of the late designer Gianni Versace. She designed for one of the company's lines in the 1980s, then became creative director of the Versace empire after her brother's death. The Versace label is known for its over-the-top glamour, as seen on runways and in editorials.

Wang was a figure skater before becoming a senior fashion editor at Vogue and, subsequently, a design director for Ralph Lauren. After designing her own wedding dress, she opened a bridal boutique that grew into the signature collection she has today. She has a large celebrity following that creates a great demand for her wedding gowns.

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