The Most Famous French Fashion Designers

Paris is the home ground of fashion and everything that revolves around it! Exuding glamour and defining what is the luxury lifestyle, the French capital presented us with some of the most renowned names in the industry. Today we are going to tell you all about the most famous French fashion designers!

Besides being the city of love, Paris is also the home to timeless rule-breaking designers! As most of our beloved fashion designers, like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Givenchy, are French, it seems only fitting that we bring you this collection of designers that had the biggest influence on the elite luxury fashion game!

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Christian Dior

Famous French Designers

Born in 1905, Christian Dior, who was always fond of the arts, started his journey in the fashion industry working for designer Robert Piquet after the Great Depression. In 1946, at 41 years of age, he founded his couture house, Dior! Establishing a name for himself in the competitive industry with his unique feminine line, a timelessly elegant design that changed the view on luxury fashion, “La Ligne Corolie” focused on a defined slim waist and knee-length skirts!


Coco Chanel

Famous French Designers

From an early age, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel always had an interest in fashion. Learning sewing skills at an orphanage, she began by opening a Parisian shop in 1910, where she designed and made hats! By the 20s, already making and selling clothing lines, she was considered the elite fashion icon. You have her to thank for the, then revolutionary, now classic little black dresses, Chanel suits and bags!


Louis Vuitton

Famous French Designers

Starting as a trunk-maker, where he uprose the game with canvas in the iconic Vuitton’s monogram, Louis Vuitton soon expanded his collection to boxes and packages, building a name for himself! Being considered one of the greatest, the designer quickly grew his business with his son Georges by his side. By 1930, Georges added iconic bags to their patrimony, those are now one of the most famous in luxury fashion!


Jeanne Lanvin

Famous French Designers

Being one of the French luxury fashion pillars, Jeanne Lanvin started out as a hatmaker, just like Coco Chanel! The founder of Lanvin was only 22 when she opened her first atelier in Paris, but it all changed when she became a mother. While creating clothes for her daughter, the French designer’s marvelous pieces caught the French Elite’s attention and she soon started producing clothing lines for mothers and daughters!


Pierre Balmain

Famous French Designers

After working side by side with Dior and Givenchy, Pierre Balmain founded the couture house Balmain in 1945. Focusing on materials of the finest quality and evening wear clothing lines, Balmain was an instantaneous exit! Iconic celebrities like Katharine Hepburn and Sophia Loren introduced him to numerous different audiences by wearing his incredible luxury designs! Unlike others his main focus was not designing and producing clothes for the French ladies, the pioneer always had the American market in mind.


Hubert de Givenchy

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Hubert de Givenchy is the equivalent of Parisian chic! Opening his own luxury fashion house in 1951, he quickly made a name for himself in the industry with his iconic white cotton blouse. In 1954, the French designer started working with the actress Audrey Hepburn who soon would become his muse, building an everlasting friendship. By designing classic pieces for her and her characters in the movies that we, mid-century lovers, know and love, like Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Jacqueline Kennedy grew an adoration for his creations! The designer also became a reference in men’s fashion with his ready-to-wear collection, a symbiosis of classic and casual.



Yves Saint Laurent

Famous French Designers

One of the biggest names in haute couture, Yves Saint Laurent arrived in Paris at only 17 years old, where he was soon introduced to Christian Dior. Beginning as a design assistant, he took over as a creative director in 1957 after Dior’s death. It was only in 1961 that he founded his own fashion house, where he revolutionized women’s fashion with his gender-fluid designs! The menswear-inspired pieces took over the world, making him an icon in the luxury fashion monopoly.


Nina Ricci

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Maria Nielli flew to France at the age of 12 years. Becoming Nina Ricci in 1904 when she married her husband, the designer started her career at the fashion House of Raffin, at only 24 years old! She founded her own Haute Couture house in 1932, where her romantic and feminine choices of the finest quality materials and precise skills made her brand a huge success!


Isabel Marant

Famous French Designers

Founding her own fashion house in 1994, the French fashion designer is known for her iconic bohemian-inspired creations! Isabel Marant’s ready-to-wear collections are inspired by her travels and the different cultures around the world, bringing a new concept into fashion.


Jean-Paul Gaultier

Famous French Designers

Inspired by his grandmother when he was a child, Jean-Paul Gaultier began his career in fashion in 1970. Launching his very own brand in 1982, the French fashion designer became an idol due to his atypical designs, shocking the fashion industry with his male skirts and sailor suits! Gaultier’s collaboration with Madonna is still talked about in today’s fashion, the conical bras are truly a timeless statement.


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