• Sarah Jane BurtonReuters
  • Karl LagerfeldReuters
  • Raf SimonsReuters
  • Frida GianniniReuters
  • Donatella VersaceReuters
  • Domenico Dolce and Stefano GabbanaReuters
  • Nicolas GhesquièreReuters
  • Francisco CostaReuters

From fashion shows to awards nights, the latest trends in the fashion industry are introduced to the world by celebrities on the red carpet, who wear enviable outfits, which are the brainchild of famous fashion designers.

Below are the popular fashion designers, who have created a niche in the fashion world.

Sarah Jane Burton for Alexander McQueen

Forty-year-old Sarah Burton, an English fashion designer, is the creative director of fashion house Alexander McQueen since 2010. She started her career in 1997 and was later appointed as the head of McQueen's Womenwear, during which she designed attires for Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama, among others.

The designer caught the attention of the world when she designed the wedding gown of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton in 2011. In the same year, Burton was named in the Time's annual list of 100 influential people in the world.

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

German fashion designer and photographer based in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld, 81, is the head and creative director of fashion houses Chanel and Fendi. While he is known for his scathing remarks about various celebs like Heidi Klum and Pippa Middleton, one cannot deny the charm his designs carry. The trend setter is renowned for his trademark white hair, black glasses and high starched collars.

Raf Simons for Christian Dior

The creative director of Christian Dior, Raf Simons, 46, began his career as a furniture designer and launched his own menswear label in 1995. The Belgian fashion designer has collaborated with many artistes, including Franky Claeys and Peter Saville among others.

Frida Giannini for Gucci

Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, started her career in 1997, and worked in Fendi's ready-to-wear section. The designer joined the Italian company in 2002 as a design director of handbags, and she developed the 'Flora' bags, based on the Grace Kelly scarf (1960). In an alliance with the New York-born Italian entrepreneur and former Fiat marketing manager, Giannini even designed the Fiat 500, a unique version of the Italian car.

Donatella Versace for Versace

The vice president of Versace group, Donatella Versace, made her fashion debut in the mid-1970, following the death of her elder brother Gianni Versace. Her first show at the Hotel Ritz, Paris was a year after Gianni's death. However, the Versace label expanded throughout Europe and the US, and celebrities like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and January Jones became the Italian designer's clients.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for D&G

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana was founded in 1985 by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Dolce met his business partner and boyfriend Stefano Gabbana in 1980 and ever since their unique and flamboyant designs have graced various parties and runway shows.

However, in June 2013, the duo was found guilty of tax evasion after moving their brand to a Luxembourg-based company Gado. The court sentenced them to one year and eight months in jail, but in October 2014, they were found innocent by the Italian Court of Justice.

Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton

After bidding farewell to Balenciaga, 43-year old Nicolas Ghesquière was roped in as the creative director for the Women's collections of the French fashion house Louis Vuitton. He was given the avant-garde designer title in 2000 at the VHI/Vogue fashion Awards and was featured in 2005 Time's 100 most influential people.

Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein

Womenwear Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa, 50, has received many prestigious awards in the world of fashion. Costa joined the Klein group in 2001 and became the principal designer for the CK collection, after working for Gucci.

Costa, along with Italo Zucchelli, the creative director of menswear for CK, and Kevin Carrigan, the creative director of CK Jeans, lent a hand to popularise the US company worldwide.

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