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Top Women Fashion Designers Who Changed the World

Women’s fashion changed very quickly during the later half of the last century. These are some of the women who made this happen.

Each of these fashion designers changed the modern fashion world with their unique creations and left a lasting impression on the world.

  1. Coco Chanel

    Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel revolutionised the women’s fashion world. She was born in 1883 in Saumur, France. Her parents were poor and she received little in the way of education but she still became one of the most prominent and well known fashion gurus of the twentieth century. Her most famous creations are Chanel No. 5 perfume and the Chanel suit. Coco Chanel died in 1971 and is buried in a tomb surrounded by stone lions, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The Chanel Suit

  2. Mary Quant

    Mary Quant is the English fashion designer who invented hot pants and mini skirts. She started out with a designer fashion shop in Chelsea, London, in 1955. Her designs for skirts were becoming shorter from 1958 onwards and she saw the new length as being liberating for women, giving them more freedom of movement. The mini skirt was one of the main fashion items of the 1960’s. In the late 1960’s hot pants were launched. In the 1970’s she moved into cosmetics and textile design.

    Mary Quant: Daywear

  3. Vivienne Westwood

    Vivienne Westwood is an English designer who is connected with modern punk and new-wave fashions. She is linked closely with the Sex Pistols and their London boutique. In 2003 the Wedgwood Pottery Company launched a new range featuring her designs.

    The Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood’s London Boutique

  4. Bonnie Cashin

    Bonnie Cashin was born in 1908 in Fresno, California, USA. She is known for introducing designer ready to wear, or sportswear clothing to the mass market. Her designs were clean, uncomplicated designs with room for movement and they have made her on of the most important fashion designers of the 20th century. She is best known for the “Poncho” which she turned into a fashion item in the late sixties and early seventies.

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  1. Judy Sheldon-Walker

    On January 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    As a teen, I fancied myself as a clothing designer. I used to cut out McCalls paper dolls and design clothing for them. lol

    It’s interesting to note those women who had enough power to impact the fashion industry. Thank you, Louie for a very informative piece.

  2. IcyCucky

    On January 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Love channel #5 perfume..It’s classic. Great article, Louie.

  3. Dee Huff

    On January 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Chanel #5 Perfume, anything Mary Quant, love them all. Great article!

  4. Alexa Gates

    On January 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Chanel #5 is what I got my cousin for christmas :) That smells so great :) Great article!

  5. Liane Schmidt

    On January 12, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    This is such a great, interesting article Louie. I loved it!

    Best wishes.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  6. Lucy Lockett

    On January 12, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Very interesting women and article.

  7. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On January 13, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I’m not one for designer clothes,but I’ve been lucky enough to wear some on stage. Funnily enough, ordinary clothes feel better and more comfortable.

    Good and original article Louie, I like it

  8. Ruby Hawk

    On July 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I have never worn fashion clothes so I’m afraid I know only what I read in the magazines or see on T.V. An interesting story on fashion though. Thanks for sharing.

  9. taylor

    On February 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

    i loved this articale it told me alot that i didn’t know
    from taylor swift
    ps i’m really her

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