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Fashion and Costume Designers of the Twentieth Century

Updated on January 5, 2013

Who do you Love?

Any vintage fashionista has a favorite designer...or two. I love the sturdy engineering and sophisticated lines of Pauline Trigere. On the other hand, what's not to love about the cheerful kookiness of Betsy Johnson's over the top designs. Let us not forget the great designers of the Silver screen. There are the breathtaking gowns of Adrian seen in the movies of old glamorous Hollywood. His designs graced the silhouettes of Hollywood icons like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford and set the tone for fashion in the 1930s and 1940s.

It is the pioneers of fashion like Claire McCardell, Adrian, and Christian Dior that paved the way for some of the most incredible decades of fashion and so this hub is here to pay homage to some of the greats. I would love to hear from you, and your thoughts about twentieth century fashion, whose your favorite, Who do you love them/their designs?

Claire McCardell Gown
Claire McCardell Gown
Christian Dior New Look Suit
Christian Dior New Look Suit
Grace Kelly "High Society" Helen Rose Gown
Grace Kelly "High Society" Helen Rose Gown

Some of The Legends


Holly Harp

"I've been designing clothes since the late 1960s. I always try to remind myself that I am dressing a woman's soul as well as her body. Souls and bodies do best when they are relaxed, fluid, and comfortable. They love to play "dress-up." They love a...

Edith Head The Most Famous Costume Designer in Hollywood

For many people, Edith Head and film costume design are synonymous. Other designers may have been more flamboyantly creative, or more consistently original, but no one did more to earn this art form popular recognition. Her guiding principle was that...

Mr Blackwell

Richard Blackwell (born August 29, 1922, Brooklyn, New York as Richard Sylvan Seltzer) is a fashion critic, journalist, television personality, artist, former child actor and former fashion designer, known internationally as Mr. Blackwell. He is the...

Helen Rose

1904-1985 Helen Rose was born in Chicago on 2nd February 1904. She studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In 1929 she moved to Los Angeles, California. Her first professional job in designing was for Fanchon and Marco's "Ice Follies&quo...

Claire McCardell American Look Fashion Designer

Claire McCardell has been identified as the first truly American Fashion designer. One of America's leading fashion designers in the 40's and 50's, McCardell is the originator of the "American Look". She is known for her wrap-ar...

The Artistry of Adrian

Adrian Adolph Greenberg, (March 3, 1903 – September 13, 1959), known mostly as Adrian, was a Hollywood costume designer whose most famous costumes were for The Wizard of Oz and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films of the 1930s and 1940s. During his...

The "New Look" of Christian Dior

Dior launched his couture house on 12 February 1947 and became an overnight sensation. His voluptuous collection was the antithesis of masculine wartime fashions. Instead, the designs featured sloping shoulders, a full bust and a cinched-in waist abo...

Ceil Chapman

CEIL CHAPMAN Ceil Chapman’s son Peter, described his mother’s design skills as being akin to engineering and indeed, if one studies her skilful draping, tucking and folding of fabric it is clear as to what he meant. Born in Staten Islan...

Irene Lentz

Born in Baker, Montana, Lentz started out as an actress under her birth name, appearing in secondary roles in silent films beginning with Keystone Studios in 1921. She was directed in her first film by F. Richard Jones and the two eventually began a...

Mr Blackwell

Richard Blackwell (born August 29, 1922, Brooklyn, New York as Richard Sylvan Seltzer) is a fashion critic, journalist, television personality, artist, former child actor and former fashion designer, known internationally as Mr. Blackwell. He is the...

Emma Domb

EMMA DOMB Emma Domb was a California dressmaking company that was active from 1939 through the 70s. Domb Manufacturing Company was owned by Emma Domb and Lorraine Domb Steinberg. They specialized in wedding, party and prom dresses, and were also kno...

Manuel Pertegaz

At just 12 years of age, Pertegaz discovered his love of dressing women and started practicing on the women and friends of his family. 12 years later he had already opened his first Fashion House in Barcelona which he named after himself. He is now 8...

What do you think? Who do you love?

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      gepeTooRs 21 months ago

      Helpful information. Fortunate me I found your website unintentionally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate didn’t took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

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      Karolina 5 years ago

      Fantastic hub, looking forward to come back and see your new posts. Thank you.

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      Anne 7 years ago

      These pictures are gorgeous and are very useful when I am trying to research vintage 20th century clothes. Well done and thanks!

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      Rosa Berger 8 years ago

      I love your pictures. Frankly, I have never thought about educating myself on the various fashion styles and who the great designers were/are. Thanks for an inspirational hub.