Top 26 Dress Designers From Around The World

Here is a list of top 26 dress designers from around the world with their twitter ids and their notable achievements in the field.
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Dress Designers List:

  1. Angela Wolf
  2. Anna Kiper
  3. Claire Shaeffer
  4. Connie Amaden-Crawford
  5. Edith Head
  6. Edwina Ehrman
  7. Gail Bough
  8. Gretchen Hirsch
  9. Hal Rubenstein
  10. Joanne Entwistle
  11. Lee Hollahan
  12. Lorna Knight
  13. Mary Gehlhar
  14. Natalie Bray
  15. Nora Abousteit
  16. Oleg Cassini
  17. Pam Powers
  18. Prof. Linda Przybyszewski
  19. Ron Collins
  20. Sandra Bitzena
  21. Steven Faerm
  22. Susan Khalje
  23. Tamar Daniel
  24. Tania Whelan
  25. Tomoko Nakamichi
  26. Yoshiko Tsukiori

26 World Famous Dress Designers


Edith Head

Notable Achievements:

  • The America's most popular costume dress designer of her time.
  • The record 8 times Academy Award winner for best costume designing.
  • Received more Oscars than any other woman.
  • There exist a long list of Hollywood female stars for whom she designed dress & costume.

Gretchen Hirsch

Notable Achievements:

  • An imitative dress & fashion designer and a very popular blogger.
  • She has written several guides on dress sewing like Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual and Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.
  • She also owns a retro-inspired fabric line in her name.
  • She as a blogger has got a lot of fame for her sewing skills.

Yoshiko Tsukiori

Notable Achievements:

  • A Japanese  freelance dress designer who is popular for her work all over the world.
  • Her work of designing includes clothes for babies and children, women's daily wears and wedding dresses.
  • She is the author of several world fame books on dress sewing.

Prof. Linda Przybyszewski

Notable Achievements:

  • Being PhD in American History she is basically a professor at the university of Notre Dame.
  • Besides the hard work of teaching she also takes interest in dress designing and sewing.
  • She in the history of the United States of America is the first woman who delivered a lecture in the Supreme Court of America in a dress/suit designed and made by herself.

Pam Powers

Notable Achievements:

  • A well known freelance knit wear designer of USA.
  • Her work has appeared in the world famous magazines like Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Belle Armoire and Apronology.
  • She runs her own product website

Hal Rubenstein

Notable Achievements:

  • Living in New York is the fashion director of very popular Magazine 'InStyle'.
  • In the recognition of his work Council Fashion Designers of America awarded him Eleanor Lambert Founders Award.
  • His cover stories & interviews appeared in the Newyorker, Elle, Interview, Vogue, Vanity Fair  and Details.
  • He delivers lectures at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Institute and the
  • Governer's Conference on Women.

Tamar Daniel

Notable Achievements:

  • Fashion designer having her own brand 'TMRDNL'.
  • Having graduation from Israel she basically learned the art of sewing, knitting and sketching fashion design from her grandmother.
  • She worked as designer in London for TopShop and Anthropology.
  • She is author of a bestselling book on fashion designing.

Joanne Entwistle

Notable Achievements:

  • A lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex.
  • She was awarded her doctorate degree in sociology in 1997 by Goldsmiths College.
  • Her research work was basically on fashion, dress, gender and sexuality.
  • She also has worked on male fashion modeling.

Edwina Ehrman

Notable Achievements:

  • Curator of Textile & Fashion at V&A as well as specialist in London Fashion and haute couture.
  • She remained author of several books and catalogues on dress fashion.
  • She was Lead Curator for V&A's Cloth workers' Center for the study and conservation of fashion and textile wherein she arranged over 100000 objects from V&A's outstanding textile and fashion collections.
  • She worked as a senior curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London.

Natalie Bray

Notable Achievements:

  • She got her initial training in Paris and then attached herself with Court dress making in London.
  • The techniques of dress designing she adopted revolutionized the present era of dress pattern designing.
  • Her teachings have great influence on dress designing, production and education.
  • She is the author of many books on dress pattern designing and dress fitting.

Oleg Cassini

Notable Achievements:

  • Being a Russian by birth Oleg Cassini worked as a costume designer in Hollywood.
  • In 1950 he began his own successful fashion business.
  • He was selected by Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy as personal and exclusive dress designer.

Lee Hollahan

Notable Achievements:

  • Born in U.S.A Lee graduated from Brooks College in Southern California.
  • In Los Angeles she worked for various swim suits and sportswear manufacturers.
  • She shifted to UK and here she started a freelance business of pattern cutting and costume making for TV and film.
  • She is at present a senior lecturer creative pattern cutting for fashion at the University of the West England.

Tania Whelan

Notable Achievements:

  • A designer very famous for her fresh and vintage style and designs.
  • Her dresses and patterns are sold around the world by Free Spirit Fabrics, a subsidiary of Coats & Clark.
  • She the author of three books on designing and sewing.
  • Visit Tania

Steven Faerm

Notable Achievements:

  • An Associate Professor  of fashion at Parson School of Design.
  • He adopted the teaching profession while working for designers Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan in 1998.
  • He has served as consultant of fashion designing for Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Otis College of Art and design.
  • He has delivered lectures on fashion designing in the Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Donghua University in Shanghai, The University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, and the Spero Villioti School in South Africa.
  • He has got a lot of publications on fashion designing.

Lorna Knight

Notable Achievements:

  • A qualified teacher who taught design and technology in schools in England for more than ten years.
  • She also remained the regional director for M/s. Terry Fox.
  • She has set her own sewing business, making bridal dress and lingerie’s.
  • She besides writing books on sewing has contributed to so many publications.
  • For further details please consult her website

Nora Abousteit

Notable Achievements:

  • A sewing expert who accumulated fashion, publishing, technology and inspired people.
  • She first joined the German power publisher Hubert Burda and is a founder member of the team of DLD (Digital Life Design) Conference.
  • She is also founder and CEO of Kollabora and Kollaborator Network.
  • Nora is the author of two books on sewing patterns.
  • Before founding Kollabora she reintroduced an old sewing magazine into the DIY fashion community through BurdaStyle.com, which is now the largest sewing community in the world.

Anna Kiper

Notable Achievements:

  • A New York based fashion designer having special interest in illustration.
  • Remained affiliated with big companies of America like Calvin Klein, Mondi and
  • She prepared dresses for the celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Jane Fonda.
  • The dress designed by her for Maggie Norris Couture was worn by Michelle Obama.
  • She is fashion instructor at the Parson School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Gail Bough

Notable Achievements:

  • She has Senior Management Experience in the men's and women's at Macys Buyers, USA.
  • She in collaboration with Japanese textile giant 'Teijin Frontiers' has founded her international garment manufacturing and textile sourcing agency.
  • She is presently teaching the Apparel Design and Merchandising Program at San Francisco State University.
  • She has adopted innovative practices for the development apparel industry keeping in view the conservation of resources, benefit of labor and protection of environment.

Angela Wolf

Notable Achievements:

  • A fashion and dress designer, sewing expert, anchor, consultant, blogger, online instructor, spokesperson, speaker and author.
  • She launched ABO Custom Apparel & Alterations in 1994 giving special attention to the couture i.e. gowns, jackets, hand dyed fabrics and designer jeans.
  • She also works as a consultant and provide help in sewing business, social media marketing, website designing and blogging.
  • Besides her other publications she is a frequent contributor to Threads magazine.

Mary Gehlhar

Notable Achievements:

  • Author, expert, industry authority and consultant to many designers like Zac Posen, Twinkle by Wenlan, Rebecca Taylor, and Cloak.
  • She teaches to small fashion related business persons and designers on branding, product development, market strategy and business growth.
  • She served as Fashion Director of Gen Art for more than 10 years.
  • Her contributions to fashion designing has got coverage in the New York Times, British Vogue, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and E! Style Channel.  

Tomoko Nakamichi

Notable Achievements:

  • A Japanese fashion designer  she served as a professor at Bunka Fashion College for many years.
  • She is currently delivering lectures and holding courses on pattern designing both inside Japan and other countries of the world.
  • She is also author of three popular books on pattern making.

Connie Amaden-Crawford

Notable Achievements:

  • Connie being a member of various sewing, pattern and dress designing association is herself a top dress making expert and a former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Designing & Merchandising (FIDM) Los Angeles, California.
  • She worked as a designer, design consultant, pattern maker and grader in the garment industry of Los Angeles.
  • She is a licensed designer at America famous company McCall Pattern under the label of Butte Rick and is president CEO of Fashion Patterns by Coni.
  •  Association of Sewing and Design Professionals considered her for the life time achievement award while she was also selected for the Sewing Hall of Fame award by American Sewing Guild. 
  • For further details regarding her dress designing, sewing and pattern making please visit Fashion Patterns.

Claire Shaeffer

Notable Achievements:

  • She is private researcher and couture designer and dress consultant.
  • She is author of more than twenty books and DVDs on pattern designing.
  • She has the college level experience of teaching for round about 22 years.
  • She was awarded Life Time Achievement Award by Association of Custom Clothiers and the Americans Sewing Guild's Hall of Fame Award.

Susan Khalje

Notable Achievements:

  • She initially achieved her professional training at the New York couture salon, Chez Cez etBez.
  • After getting trained she worked in the industry as fashion designer and manufacturing supervisor.
  • She remained the host of "Sew much more" for 6 years on HGTV.
  • She being an expert teaches couture sewing techniques and for that purpose has open her own school "The Couture Sewing School" in 1993.
  • She remained the chair person of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals and member of the costume society of America.
  • For further details please visit her website.

Sandra Bitzena

Notable Achievements:

  • A dress expert and author many dress related publications and DVDs.
  • She hosted her own TV show "Sewing Perfect" on HGTV for more than 6 years and is now  hosting web TV show called "Power Sewing".
  • She has produced a series of eleven Power Sewing DVDs and designed a full line of patterns for Vogue Magazine under the tab of Today's Fit.
  • Sandra is popular speaker and she hosts a lot of sewing programs at San Francisco.

Ron Collins

Notable Achievements:

  • Designer, speaker and teacher Ron Collins is Canada's best known personality.
  • He is the co-host with Sandra Bitzena on web TV show called "Power Sewing".
  • He has presented his sewing art on HGTV, Sew Perfect, Life Network, CTV, Sew Much Fun and Eyes on Toronto.
  • He has attended as a guest instructor the Helen Lefeaux  School of Fashion Design at Vancouver.

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