Whether we admit it or not, fashion is part of our life; even for those who deny any interest in the subject. Who would have ever thought that a simple pair of trousers made of thick cotton will rule the world for generations to come? Yes! We are talking about jeans. Jeans have been part of our lives for so many years past and are still considered to be a defining fashion statement.
Let us look at the top ten people who have really left their impact on the world of fashion:
Charles Frederick Worth: We cannot truly say that he was the father of fashion, but he definitely helped shape it. Whether it was simplifying and redefining the way women dressed or displaying his line of clothing in a better manner, his ideas were par excellence. He would let the customers take a look at the way the clothes fit before they actually bought them. He was also one of the first designers to sell his designs under a label.
Levi Strauss: We all know that Levi Strauss is synonymous with jeans, but the idea of this garment rose from need rather than style or fashion. During the Gold Rush, prospectors would often find that their clothes wore out easily. To help them Strauss and a tailor, Jacob Davis created pants out of thick durable cotton and reinforced these pants with rivets. Jeans have become synonymous with comfort and fashion since then.
Coco Chanel: The name Chanel is even now synonymous with chic fashion. The founder of Chanel started her first shop in 1913. Credited with the creation of the classic “little black dress” that is a must have in every woman’s closet and the introduction of well-cut suits, Coco also gets credit for fashion that is comfortable. She freed women from the constraints of corsets and ungainly dresses.
R.H. Macy: The founder of Macy’s department store revolutionized the way people shopped for clothing. Earlier customers would go to small shops that they were used to frequenting and place orders for the apparel they required. The Macy store (opened in 1958) made it possible for them to look at the clothing even if they had no intention of buying. This way they could pick only those items that appealed to them. The concept of shopping instead of buying was born.
Edith Head: Designer for the leading ladies of Hollywood, she is a winner of many awards. She dressed many leading ladies of Hollywood like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. She was pivotal in bringing to focus the love that the leading ladies had for couture and their love of style and fashion. To this day audience across the world tends to focus on this aspect.
Eileen Ford : A former model herself, she was the founder of Ford Models and instrumental in discovering several leading models like Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley. She made them popular across the whole country which in turn gave birth to the concept of a “super model”. Super models epitomize the look that we all are always striving for.
Richard Blackwell: Credited with coming up with the concept of the list of worst dressed women in the 60s, he was the ultimate authority on the fashion don’ts. He was also the first designer to introduce fashion for the generously proportioned women.
Ralph Lauren: Though lacking formal education or training in the fashion field, he started his first venture selling neckties that he designed himself using the label Polo. He later acquired the rights to use the trademark. Using aggressive publicity and advertising he moved fashion and clothing to the level of an image that all crave.
Donald Fisher: When he and his wife started the first Gap store in 1969, who would have thought that GAP would become another word to denote cool and hip fashion. The concept of Friday dressing along with smart casuals evolved from this store. The comfort of finding comfortable and familiar clothing at every Gap store in a mall, is what made this store a household name.
Anna Wintour: Wintour is known for setting trends and her endorsement of a designer in her magazine can get his or her career going. Her influence in the present fashion scenario is unparalleled.