Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion designer and business woman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post- World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the " corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing , realizing her design aesthetic in jewellery , handbags , and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5 , has become an iconic product. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century . Chanel herself designed her famed interlocked-CC monogram, meaning Coco Chanel, using it since the 1920s.
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent ( French: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃] ; 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), professionally known as Yves Saint-Laurent , was a French fashion designer who, in 1961, founded his eponymous fashion label . He is regarded as being among the foremost fashion designers in the twentieth century . In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its 1960s ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He was able to adapt his style to accommodate the changes in fashion during that period. He approached fashion in a different perspective by wanting women to look comfortable yet elegant at the same time. He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women and was known for his use of non-European cultural references, and non-white models.
Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer . He is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs , and formerly Marc by Marc Jacobs , a diffusion line , which was produced for approximately 15 years having been discontinued after the 2015 fall/winter collection. At one point there were over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. Jacobs was on Time magazine's "2010 Time 100 " list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and was
on Out magazine's 2012 list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".
Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at luxury fashion houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent . Ford also directed the Academy Award -nominated films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).