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Oscar De la Renta

Oscar De la Renta
  • Born: República Dominicana.
  • Oscar de la Renta studied painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He was apprenticeship of renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga and became couture assistant at the house of Lanvin in Paris. In 1963 joined Elizabeth Arden as designer and two years later he established his own label. The universe of Oscar De la Renta includes the Signature ready-to-wear collection, the Pink Label and high end sportswear collection (OSCAR), featuring cosmetic cases, eyewear, furs, jewelry, lingerie, scarves, sleepwear, and swimwear. De la Renta’s men line also includes hosiery, sport coats, suits, and trousers. In South and Central America and Mexico there is a Sportswear line for men and boys and OSCAR JEANS, for men and women. Undoubtedly, Oscar De la Renta is the most renowned Latin-American designer.
    Oscar: The Style Inspiration and Life of Oscar De La Renta

Domenico Dolce

Domenico Dolce
  • Born: 1958, Palermo, Italy.
  • In 1982 Domenico and Stefano Gabbana left the design company where they were working. They met to pursue separate consulting careers, but they continued to share an office as well as a private life. After eighteen months, they decided to join forces and the Dolce & Gabbana label was born.
  • Quote: We love the body of a woman. Coco Chanel was wrong when she said that men were unable to design for women. Women know too much about women and they transpose their needs onto women’s clothes. – Scene, December 1999.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
  • Born: 1955, Reggio di Calabria, Italy.
  • After Gianni Versace’s tragic death in 1997, many believed that the House of Versace would die with him. However, his sister and co-designer, Donatella, deeply involved in the business was able to assume the helm of the business and is now the company’s chief designer.

Donna Karan

Donna Karan
  • Born: 1948, NY, U.S.A.
  • Donna grew up in Long Island. Her step-father was a tailor and her mother a model. After training at Parson’s School of Design, she designed for Anne Klein. Months later Eventually she became head of the Anne Klein design-team and remained in that position until 1984. In 1985, she left Anne Klein and founded her own company. She created The Esssentials concept, that is seven easy pieces every woman should have in her closet. The Essentials line became a success and the seven pieces were broadened to about 200 pieces today.
  • Quote: You have to be a very good designer today. Just a label doesn’t make it. This is not about putting a logo on a t-shirt. – WWD Friday, April 2000

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten
  • Born: 1958, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Dries Van noten was born into a three-generations-old family of tailors. Tha’s why there was never any doubt that he would pursue a career in design. At 17 he enrolled in the prestigious Antwerp Academy. Later he received recongnition by the fashion press at London. He designed for Barneys New-York, Whistles in London and Pauw in Amsterdam.
  • Quote: I design for women who feel good about themselves. We must never forget, the person is more important than the clothes.