If you are an aspiring fashion designer and your career has not yet reached the place where you want it to be, do not be discouraged. Ralph Lauren used to sell ties while Marc Jacobs worked stocking shelves. Top fashion designers were not even born in fashionable cities, or to fashion royalty. Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein came from the Bronx, while Yves Saint Laurent hailed from Oran, Algeria and Tom Ford was from Texas. Marc Jacobs was employed as a stock boy for Charivari, a New York clothing store and Ralph Lauren was a road salesman for a neckwear manufacturer. Coco Chanel was once a clerk in a hosiery shop and Tommy Hilfiger was a freelance designer for Jordache jeans.
Donatella Versace is the sister of Gianni Versace. Donatella took over after his murder, proving herself as a fashion designer by taking the Versace name to new heights. Marc Jacobs always bases his designs on the styles of previous decades. He previously designed for top fashion designers like Louis Vuitton.
Vivienne Westwood was once a teacher and Thierry Muigler started out as a dancer. Everyone knows the letters CK stand for Calvin Klein. Watches, perfumes, fragrances, eyewear, home collections and underwear are included in his fashion portfolio.
Fashion designer Halston was once employed as a window dresser at Carson-Pirie-Scott and Laura Ashley worked as a secretary. One of the top fashion designers, Giorgio Armani was a buyer’s assistant for a department store and the one who made Batman look chic when he was off work. Armani has become famous for his suits and has even been commissioned to design suits for Chelsea Football players and its directors. Christian Dior started as an art dealer and Gianni Versace started out on a different path with no formal training, but learned tailoring from his dressmaker mother. Top fashion designers are not made by formal education or formal training, but it seems that they are born that way and destined to manifest their talents and follow destiny at some stage in their lives.
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