Top Three Celebrity Fashionistas

by Joe Cooper
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 31, 2007

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What do a famous fashion teacher, an actress, and a supermodel all have in common? If you're talking about Tim Gunn, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kate Moss, all three are turning their focus to fashion design careers. Read on to learn how each of these celeb fashionistas is setting up to change the industry.

1. Gunn Brings it Home
After a successful fashion career, a stint on hit Bravo series Project Runway, and a long tenure as a fashion school faculty member, fashion design guru Tim Gunn took the auspicious post of creative director at Liz Claiborne. Instead of training upstart fashionistas, the designer is now focused on reviving Liz's ailing line of fashion products. The fashion label is now donating $350,000 to the top fashion design school where Mr. Gunn taught for 25 years.

2. Accessible Fashion in the City
Sarah Jessica Parker, star of Sex and the City, perfume designer, and retail endorsement queen extraordinaire, has turned her eye to garments and design. While many celebrities are pursuing fashion design careers, Parker has distinguished herself by designing with the budget-conscious shopper in mind. Of her new line, Bitten, Parker said, "It's a way of giving women without financial means access to good, simple, well-made clothes to feel proud of."

3. Moss Goes Designer
Supermodel Kate Moss has also taken up designing, thanks to a $6 million compensation plan from Philip Green, owner of the British retail chain Topshop, where Moss's designs recently premiered. Sales of the model's designs are already soaring, as many of them are financially accessible (less than $100). Unlike Parker, however, Moss has priced some of her designs at higher end of the scale (nearly $400). This endeavor may be another diamond in the crown of Moss's already successful fashion career.

Although the designs of Gunn, Parker, and Moss are shaking up the fashion world, you don't have to be a celebrity to establish a successful fashion design career. Sometimes all it takes is hard work, dedication, and a little know how. Check out fashion design schools near you - you might find yourself competing with the stars sooner than you think.

About the Author
Joe Cooper is a freelance education and technology writer and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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