Born in 1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, Gianni Versace became one of the top fashion designers of the 1980s and '90s. He launched his first clothing line in Milan, Italy, in 1978. In 1989, Versace debuted his first couture collection. He continued to add to his fashion empire, expanding into home furnishings and perfumes. Throughout his career, Versace designed for such high-profile figures as Madonna, Princess Diana, Elton John and Tina Turner.
One of the most well-known and outspoken fashion designers in the world, Stella McCartney launched her career in 1995, when friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss modeled her clothes at her college graduation. She received the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year Award in 2000. In 2012, McCartney designed the clothing for Great Britain's Olympic team.
In 1961 Yves Saint Laurent was launched and he became a leader in fashion for the next two decades, with his safari Jackets, tight trousers, thigh high boots and the tuxedo for women known as Le Smoking. He was the first to use ethnic models and first to democratize fashion world with is launch of Rive Gauche.
One of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world, Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany. While he's never revealed his true birthday, it's been reported he was born September 10, 1933. Known for his bold designs and constant reinvention, he's been hailed in Vogue magazine as the "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment.
Chanel famously changed the “how men dressed woman” to “how woman wished to dress themselves”, epitomised by the classic Chanel Suit and the “Little Black Dress”. By 1917, Chanel owned five properties on the fashionable rue Cambon, which now covered clothes, hats, accessories, jewellery and fragrance and it had employed over 4,000 people. World War II forced Chanel to close all her shops, and she received special permission to stay in her apartment at the Hotel Ritz.
Christian Dior, born in 1905 always had an eye for arts. He had a small art gallery which included works by Picasso, and worked as an illustrator at Figaro Illustré. In 1937, Robert Piguet, accepted Dior’s designs for his own collections. In 1946 Dior opened his own fashion house. His first collection, “Corolle”, was re-coined “New Look” by Harper’s Bazaar.
It's the soft, natural fabric associated with high quality and versatility. Used to make everything from jeans and t-shirts to tarpaulins, oil and cattle feed, it powers a 37 billion euros a year industry. But is cotton really as pure as it seems? Claims of forced labour, pollution, and even slavery have stained its wholesome reputation, creating a market for 'ethical, responsible' cotton.
In a world filled with throw-away fashion, emerging designer Laura Siegel’s dream is to shift the perspectives of consumers and connect them to the hands that craft her garments. Follow this idealistic designer as she travels across India to produce her collection. But will positioning her collection in the sustainable domain enable her to survive in the highly competitive fashion industry?