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Top 10 American Fashion Designers

Updated on May 30, 2010

Versace, Gucci, Prada ... the names that we hear announced as models walk down the runway are all too often Italian names or the names of other designers who have made their careers in Europe. There is no denying that there are amazing fashion designers in Italy and throughout the rest of Europe. But it shouldn't go unnoticed that there are also some really amazing - and well-known - fashion designers working right here in the United States.

Here is a brief look at ten of the best American fashion designers:

  1. Marc Jacobs is a fashion designer who is well-known for his work with the French fashion house Louis Vuitton. However, Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer who has produced lines of clothing out of New York which are well-respected in the industry. The fact that he's gone international just points to the truth that there are some great American designers.
  2. Vera Wang is an American fashion designer who is best known for her wedding dress collections. Hers is the kind of name that gets regularly mentioned in pop culture (think Sex and the City or Lipstick Jungle and you'll think Vera Wang). She is also embedded in the culture of Hollywood because of the fact that she has made wedding dresses for a number of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone.
  3. Oscar de la Renta is one of those fashion designers that many people have no idea where he came from. He was originally born in the Dominican Republic and he has worked in fashion design all over the world. He is famous for some of the fashion design work that he did throughout Europe. However, if you have to get down to the basics, he is actually an American designer since his citizenship is here.
  4. Calvin Klein is a brand name that has changed a lot of the years. It was first launched as a line of coats for both men and women. It became famous as a brand of jeans that were high-end and oh-so-hot. And these days when you look at a Calvin Klein billboard you are probably going to see a super attractive model in Calvin Klein underwear. Throughout all of these changes, Calvin Klein has remained an American brand name.
  5. Kate Spade is one of the trendiest young designers out there. She is best known for her line of handbags but what is really cool about Kate Spade is that she's got accessories and raincoats and personal organizers and makeup and even a home furnishings collections. She's a do-it-all kind of gal for those DIY girls out there. And she was born in Middle America, working now out of New York.
  6. Ralph Lauren is best known for his Polo collection but he's produced a lot of different designs that always get attention because he is a leading international designer. He is also a designer that works from America and his brand is an American brand. He has over thirty five boutique stores that carry his clothing all over different parts of the United States.
  7. Anna Sui is a fashion designer that we sometimes forget is an American designer because of the fact that her designs are so popular all throughout the world. She has boutiques in a number of different countries and her work is particularly well-known and well-liked in Japan. However, despite this international appeal of her work, Anna Sui is very much an American designer. She was born in Michigan and has had a highly popular boutique store in Los Angeles for more than ten years. In addition to clothing design, Anna Sui has dabbled in shoe design and a fragrance collection.
  8. Donna Karan is the "DK" in the famous American fashion brand "DKNY". She was born in New York and continues to work in aspects of the company that she spent years developing. Her brand is recognized all around the world and is particularly popular here in the United States.
  9. Todd Oldham is a fashion designer born in Texas; what's a more American place than that? He is a unique designer whose most famous work might be the line of clothing that he produced in conjunction with the Batman Forever movie. In addition to his fashion design experience, he has experience in design for the home.
  10. Bill Blass is one of the most famous fashion designers to have ever come out of America and he came right from the heart of the country - Indiana. He has won numerous awards throughout the years for his many designs and even attained a lifetime achievement award at the end of the twentieth century. He died of cancer in 2002 but his designs continue to be important and influential to the industry to this day.

These are just ten of the famous American fashion designers who have done a lot of their best work in America. What they have in common is not just that they are from the United States but that they have chosen to continue to keep their brand an American brand even though they have gained international attention. They may have fans and boutique stores and even additional jobs in other countries but all of these fashion designers remain, at heart, American fashion designers.

In addition to these famous names, there are also thousands of independent fashion designers working in America today. Head to any major urban area in the United States and you will find it easy to find small clothing stores where creative people are putting their clothing designs on the rack for sale to others who like their style. This independent business spirit thrives in America and it allows for the American fashion design scene to differ greatly from the fashion scene of European and other countries throughout the world. The famous American designers cited above are people who give credibility to the American fashion scene but it is all those people working behind the scenes and on a smaller level who really drive the American fashion world!


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    Debra Hargrove 2 years ago from North Carolina

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    Rachael Lefler 3 years ago from Illinois

    Great article! I'm an aspiring fashion designer/student in Chicago, and other American trendsetters are a great inspiration for me.

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    lafemmetopaz 5 years ago

    This a list of current american designers? If so, I'm puzzled at Todd Oldham being on the list. If you're talking about american designers of all time, your list has to include Halston. Halston is one of the best designers in the ever. I'll have alongside YSL. Simplicity was the trademark of Halston's creations and he created "casual chic". What he designed in 1974 is fashionable, elegant and chic today.

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    shoeclub 5 years ago from New York City

    Definitely agree with your list. I am a big fan of Marc Jacobs too!

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    succesful 5 years ago

    It`s nice to be important.It`s more important to be nice. traditional weeks are the best.

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    anna31 5 years ago from Sydney Australia

    I design patterns for fashion, using graffiti,(street art)all young aspiring designers need to check them out, new style patterns the future for fashion.


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    Anna Kingston 6 years ago

    I especially love Kathryn Vercillo's design and Trend Emilio pucci Milan.The're amazing!

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    marian 6 years ago

    vera wang is soo good!

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    mayur patel 6 years ago

    i love in fasion design

    and my hobbies is always make a new fasion for my choiceeeeeeeeee...........

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    lowe valentini 6 years ago

    unmistakably one of the most amazing thoughtful human beings on this planet and pertaining to his ideas in designer clothing brilliance. you must wear lowe vallentini clothing to even begin to understand what he has done. and YES he as well should on the list.

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    000c8 6 years ago

    these r really cool people...i always wish they'd come and help design something 4 me but i already design something for myself . (:

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    victoria 6 years ago

    can you tell me something about fashion?

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    victoria 6 years ago

    are you a fashion desingers?

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    china 6 years ago

    I love Tory Burch!

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    toris dunning 6 years ago

    marc jacobs the best

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    fitcustomshirt 6 years ago from Canada

    Fantastic hub. As people are getting more and more brand conscious, it is better to be aware of top designers. It will make easy to find details at one place.

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    Arianna Greene 6 years ago

    Thank-you so much for posting this! This really helped me a lot with my new list article I'm writing. And you turly know your stuff, you fashion like the back of your hand. Again, thank-you so much, you don't know how you have helped me out.


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    cynthia 6 years ago

    i love celvin he's a good guy and he knows what he is doing

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    Boris Guzman 6 years ago

    THAT'S WRONG ..WALK TO fashion? What's the harm has walk to fashion?, is what many will ask and the truth i don't see anything wrong with that so long and when that fashion does not damage the image of God in your life, much less make you give bad testimony in addition fashion not uncomfortable, but if it is misinterpreted

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    Tiffany 12 6 years ago

    Hey anyone out their have advice about fashion designing? One day I plan to be a fashion designer-im 12 i love to draw and when i get a cool piece of clothing in my mind i HAVE to put it on paper- Thhankz!!

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    Cariea 6 years ago

    Omg you are forgetting Lady Zofi Laube!

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    prapti 6 years ago

    love u

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    tiffany 6 years ago

    you guys(everybody) are awesome!

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    deshu 6 years ago

    my dream become a designer u all r great

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    i love it

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    6 years ago

    Michael Kors? Giorgio Armani..?

    Although those 10 are really great ! ^^

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    justme 6 years ago

    not a single one I'd like. who on earth is todd oldham? kate spade is barely known outside the us, same for sui and blass.

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    Brianna W 6 years ago from East Coast

    Love this hub! Inspiration at its best since my major has always been fashion design and marketing.

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    ai-ethel 6 years ago

    what about Bob Mackie?

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    phashion foto 6 years ago

    very good...did not know Anna was from MI. good to know

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    Anything in Knits fashion designing , please contact

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    i love choclate 6 years ago

    i love the clothes

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    Yulis Samoa 7 years ago

    DONNA KARAN & CALVIN KLEIN...! Always be in my heart :)

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    Tallmans Clothing 7 years ago


    I have seen a very nice post. i really like this post. This post provides us very good knowledge about fashionable clothes . This is a very amazing post.

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    not telling 7 years ago

    my new to sitshues dogs are coming this week well tomorrow and they need a name we want a famous usa desighner's name got any ideas it has to be really really good!!!!!!

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    stanzza 7 years ago

    well these all 10 are doing very good job. but i like the Marc Jacobs very much. his coloring and quality of stuff always attracts me.


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    Teri 7 years ago

    Uh, Isaac Mizrahi!!!! Why his name isn't on here? And you have Tom Oldham and not Tom Ford on here. What's up with that? Nicole Miller. I mean, i can go on and on. Redo this list please!

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    mesia 7 years ago

    love all designers' American.. to Pairs... love them all ? why so many white designers don't use black models'.. why can you answer that?

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    Clara Eisler 7 years ago

    Good hub. I didn't realize Oscar de la Renta was an American.

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    Hegurka  7 years ago

    Excellent site!

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    mysisters 7 years ago

    Nice Hub. This is a great top 10 list of fashion designers. All of their designers are amazing and so different in comparison to each other.

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    CECEE 7 years ago

    I model as a hobby and get paid for it sometimes I LUV Fashion with a Passion...

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    caroline 7 years ago


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    Fashion Magazine 7 years ago

    Good collection of fashion designers biography. Upload the collection of latest dresses images at for free.

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    Ross 7 years ago

    I love American Capitalism Jeans

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    realtorcards 7 years ago

    Wow! What a great blog :)

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    tw427 7 years ago

    This is really good hub, I appreciate the effort and how informative it is. Thank you!

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    jahangir Alam 7 years ago

    lots of optionals i have plz contact with me

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    The Stylist 7 years ago from Canada

    People are forgetting to say ALEXANDER MCQUEEN!!!!


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    someone 7 years ago

    i like cheese people designs are pretty

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    erin 7 years ago

    i know a girl Cecilia cassini and she is 10 !!!! and she desves to be on this list :)

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    couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    Hi Kathryn! I liked your choices, but I think "Ed Hardy" by Christian Audigier also deserves to be there in this list. Well! It was just a suggestion.

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    W4W Toronto 7 years ago from Toronto

    Need to do a part II :)

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    Ana 7 years ago

    mark jacobs!!!!!!

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    Yesmen 7 years ago

    What about MICHAEL KORS? Went to high school with him :)

    Cool designer!

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    kuku ajmal 7 years ago

    hi i'm kuku...and i had a fashion project which my 1 main reason in it is famous fashion designers and when i ckecked out this it really really helpe me tx alt....

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    beelzenasmo 7 years ago

    can someone tell me some like famous american or english fashon designers?? I need someone to do for a danm project at school. x.x Anyone would be appreciated. >:)

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    Carrie L. Cronkite 8 years ago from Maine

    Very nice and interesting article!

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    FashionFame 8 years ago from California

    Great hub Kathryn. I like your choice of fashion designers.

    Stay connected!!

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    valeria 8 years ago

    i love all american designers

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    Annabelle 8 years ago

    i appreciate the work of the fashion christian dior.............

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    prabhash 8 years ago

    i love to wear Calvin Klein .

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    Fashion4urtaste 8 years ago from New Jersey

    MICHAEL KORS!!!!!!!

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    Md. Helal Hossain  8 years ago

    I like american design. I hope they will lead in whole world

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    Mike. G. 8 years ago

    RL#1 everything after Ralph is just playing the part of a bridesmaid.

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    angi 8 years ago

    osum selection..............

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    tina151 8 years ago

    my "fave" has to be Marc Jacobs

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    Like your article :)But my absolute fav designer is Valentino

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    charisaslenker 8 years ago

    Tracy Reese!?!?!

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    wendybrausch 8 years ago

    Great selection - a favorite of mine is Mariano Fortuny - not American I know, but brought a lot of change to the fashion industry and had influence on the likes of Mary McFadden

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    Ify Egesi 8 years ago

    I love fashion so i like all the designers,as a fashion designer dat i want to be. i can draw inspiration from them all,

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    ASHLEY FORCE 8 years ago

    Great article. I love all them. Especially Marc!

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    iwhcpanties 8 years ago

    I like those designers, but some designers out there really need to get back to a real fashion sence of what people really wear and can afford. As I see some of the fashion shows I have never seen most of those styles walking down the street or out on the town for the night. Unless you are rich, crazy or on drugs and cannot dress themselves properly.

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    perfumelover 8 years ago

    This is a solid list! I'm glad you have Bill Blass up there! He's oft overlooked, and his fashions and perfumes are definitively a serious part of American fashion traditions. Cheers!

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    Sue 8 years ago

    What about Tommy Hilfiger, isn't that big in the US?

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    PerfumeFan 8 years ago from New Jersey

    I like RL and Ed Hardy for casuals. Great hub!

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    India Evans 8 years ago

    Hey when i grow up i want to be a famous fashion designer i have tons of notebook with designs in them and my grandmother taught me how to sew so when i get the material i`m going to start my cothing line India`s fun fashion and don`t dare try to take/steal me name.

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    Erosy 8 years ago

    What about Ed Hardy?