Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Coco Chanel, Givenchy, Yes Saint Laurent, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, and Oscar De La Renta. All of these designers have made history in one way or another. Their timeless designs will forever be remembered and copied for mass consumption, the world’s trends and style are set by these people. They create the various schemes, textures and silhouettes that make up some of the most amazing creations! I have the utmost respect for designers, considering I want to be one. I have a long way to go before I am designing and potentially creating memorable pieces that could go down in history. Until that day I will only study, learn and observe. Knowing the past is the key to the future. A mistake is not failure but only another opportunity. My endless collection of fashion books have taught me a lot. I was also lucky enough to have a major where one of my classes was the history of fashion design…pause to remember how lucky I am. History is just as important to a new design as a sketch. Some of the best inspiration is sourced from vintage pieces. We learn from mistakes, this is true in fashion and life.
One of the great things that have come from these great designers is the timeless silhouettes. Diane Von Furstenberg invented a revolutionary dress that can look good on just about anyone, a dress so soft, sleek and coveted by all; the wrap dress was born. The unmistakable fit and texture of a Chanel jacket will always be known around the world for a look of timeless professionalism and elegance. And finally the high waisted full skirted design of the “New look” successfully created and marketed by Christian Dior, was a revolutionary look for the woman of the late 40’s. What goes around comes around and the high waisted full skirted look started by the “New Look” is coming back around to current runways and street fashion. Stick around long enough and history will repeat itself. While I am still trying to find my place in the crazy fashion world, the reminders of the greats that came before me keep me going. Sometimes you just need an old school red lip and classic pearls to get you through the day.