Learn From the Masters of Clothing Design

by Sarah Clark
Fashion School Review Columnist

April 14, 2006

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Who are the greatest fashion designers? The list will change depending on who you ask. Nonetheless, aspiring fashion students can learn plenty from the following clothing design legends.


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When considering fashion, many turn to Coco Chanel, whose mark on the fashion industry is still prominent. She began her career in the early 20th century and is best known for her women's suit designs. She created a style that is classic, yet thoroughly modern.


In our times, John Galliano has enjoyed a celebrated career in fashion that began when he attended fashion school at St. Martin's School of the Arts. His designs have always created a stir, yet he's managed to hold positions at the most esteemed fashion houses, including Givenchy and Christian Dior, where he now works.


If you're looking for a designer for influence on the American side of the Atlantic, look at Ralph Lauren. Lauren is often thought of as a businessman, rather than a designer, but he understands the importance of presentation and branding. That keen business sense has helped him take a small clothing company to a nearly $1 billion empire. Lauren's example shows that taking a business class or two during fashion school may be a good idea.


Maybe it was timing or good luck, but Italian-born designer Miuccia Prada has gained huge popularity among luxury clothing consumers seeking understated elegance and high quality. The opposite of flashier Italian designers such as Georgio Armani, Prada focuses on subtleties that can arise from unusual use of fabric. To fashion school-bound students, Prada's experience shows that taking chances can sometimes pay off big.

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Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.

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