“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”
Whatever their chosen field – from fashion across the era – and their way to be successful and inspirational, women have been leaving their marks from time to time and proof that women do run the world.
So here’s 10 powerful women in fashion who have influenced fashion and also life, as we know it, in their own personal way.
1. Rachel Zoe
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
Do you ever wonder how fabulous and fashionable all the A-list Hollywood celebrities are? Let’s meet the woman behind it. Rachel Zoe is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and a writer. She is best known for working with A-list celebrities, fashion houses, beauty firms, advertising agencies, and magazine editors. She’s literally one of the Hollywood most powerful behind-the-scene fashion player. Zoe has been involved in the fashion industry for nearly two decades, she’s become a renowned fashion stylist, designer and influence in the fashion world.
2. Tory Burch
“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.”
Who's never heard of Tory Burch? Yes, it is one of the most successful high-end brand and also the name of the CEO itself. Started as an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist; who has won several fashion awards for her designs. She is now the Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC. In 2015, she was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.
3. Victoria Beckham
“It’s my passion to make women feel empowered, beautiful, and confident.”
She is better known as David Beckham's wife - famous for being famous. She once determined that ‘I used to feel famous, but now I feel successful’. Yes, because she worked for success herself. She has a multitalent career from being a singer, model, bussineswoman and now she has also become an internationally recognized style icon and fashion designer.
4. Stella McCartney
“It’Il represent something for women. I’ve build up trust with them and that’s important.”
At first, we recognized her as the daughter of Paul McCartney, but she didn't just enjoyed the fame of her father- she also worked her way into success herself. McCartney became interested in designing clothes as a youth and as a result, she is currently one of the most successful fashion designer in the world. Aside from the feminine, flattering, and easily wearable sensibility that has made her label such a success, the Stella McCartney brand has been a pioneer in the vegan and environmentally-conscious fashion label.
5. Anna Wintour
“Fashion goes in only one direction – forward – and I am a firm believer in thinking that way too.”
Anna Wintour has become an international fashion icon in her role as the Editor-in-Chief of the highly influential Vogue Magazine. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue since 1988. In 2013, she became the Artistic Director for Condé Nast, Vogue Magazine's publisher. With her trademark pageboy bob haircut and dark sunglasses, she has become an important figure in much of the fashion world, widely praised for her eye for fashion trends and her support for younger designers until now.
6. Diane Von Furstenberg
“Character – Intelligence – Strength - Style. That's what makes beauty.”
Have you ever imagine how iconic a wrap dress can be? Let’s meet the woman who made it successful. Diane von Furstenberg is a Belgian-American fashion designer, best known for her eponymous label, which is often shortened to DvF, and her iconic wrap dresses. As everyone knows, she was instrumental in revolutionizing womenswear with the introduction of her famous wrap dress--but her work as the CFDA's president, nurturing young talents and helping to set healthier standards within the industry, is equally as important.
7. Vera Wang
“Success isn’t about the end result – it’s about what you learn along the way.”
Best known for balancing modern designs with traditional elegance, Vera Wang is arguably the most prominent designer for bridal wear in America. She’s creating some of the world's most recognized bridal gowns. Wang's empire also includes a ready-to-wear line, diffusion line for Kohls, tuxedo line, and multiple fragrances, marking her as a formidable businesswoman as well as designer.
8. Carolina Herrera
“Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, and what you read.”
Herrera is a Venezuelan fashion designer known for her "exceptional personal style", and for dressing America's First Ladies, including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump. Recipient of the CFDA's prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, she has built an empire for her elegant, chic wears and is credited with making the white shirt a must-have staple in every woman's wardrobe.
9. Miuccia Prada
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.”
She started the Prada fashion line in 1913 by manufacturing well-crafted, high-end suitcases, handbags and steamer trunks for the Milanese elite.
The breath of Prada's designs--from the nylon handbags in the mid-80s that made her famous- to the Spring 2012's critically acclaimed fifties-inspired collection--is truly inspiring. Suffice to say, she will remain an iconic designer for decades to come.
10. Coco Chanel
“In order to be irreplaceable; one must always be different.”
Obviously, Coco Chanel needs no introduction - her influence today is as strong as ever, as the fashion house she founded remains one of the most coveted and respected labels in the world. Coco Chanel is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. Yes, her influence in the fashion world is incredible.