Major Fashion Capitals/Designers


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Fashion Designers Information

Major Fashion Capitals – A fashion capital is a location which is known for a high fashion influence and in which fashion is important. It shapes the fashion world via top model agencies and - more importantly - influential fashion designers


Paris, France, EU

• First fashion capital & considered the “mecca” of the fashion world. Home to some of the world's best designers and fashion houses. French fashion is chic and stylish, defined by its sophistication, cut and smart accessories.
  • Paris designers include Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Pierre Cardin, Guy Laroche, John Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, and Christian Dior.

Milan, Italy, EU

• Italian fashion features casual elegance and luxurious fabrics.
  • Well-known Italian fashion houses/designers include: Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Versace, Giorgio Armani and Prada.

Tokyo, Japan

• The Japanese look is loose and unstructured (often resulting from complicated cutting), colors tend to the somber and subtle, and richly textured fabrics.
  • Famous Japanese designers are Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, Issey Miyake, and Rei Kawakubo.

London, England, EU

• British fashion houses are associated with a very traditional, style: elegant, yet conservative cuts, fine yet not overly extravagant materials and a sort of noble, even 'imperial' elegance. Modern British designers however, tend to favor a "rebel" look, characterized by an individualistic style that can be impractical. Oriented to the youth market.
  • British Designers include Vivienne Westwood, Betty Jackson, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes, and Christopher Kane.

New York City, New York, USA

• American fashion design is dominated by a clean-cut, casual style, reflecting the athletic, health-conscious lifestyles of many American city-dwellers.
  • Influences on the American look have been Claire McCardell, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger