Female Designers Who Inspire Us
In honor of International Women’s Day Eyeconic is taking a moment to recognize influential women of the fashion industry who helped shape history and those who continue to push the boundaries and give us bold styles.
Diane Von FurstenbergThe woman behind the wrap dress, Diane has lived a life full of international adventure, creativity, and the unwavering pursuit of independence. Born and raised in Brussels, Diane ultimately left her home country to attend the University of Madrid and later transferring to the University of Geneva. It was there that Diane met fell in love with her first husband, Prince Egon zu Fürstenberg. Yes, an actual Prince. While we all jump to the idea of being royally pampered, Diane started envisioning a life of independence. From the time her marriage began, Diane started her career. One that would ultimately lead to her iconic wrap dress that would become a symbol of women’s liberation in the Seventies.
To this day Diane is active in the fashion industry and continues to voice the strength of women and finds ways to support the next wave of bold and influential female leaders.
Anne KleinBorn August 3, 1923, Anne grew up in an America that was changing in ways we’d never seen before. The very year she was born, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to Congress for the first time. The amendment would fail then, and the 1,100 times that followed until passed 1972. Anne’s circumstance, however, did not hinder her drive. It wouldn’t be long until she found her talent for design and became one of America’s most admired designers. Alongside fashion houses like Coco Chanel, Anne Klein was among the first designers to bring men’s style into her designs for women’s clothing.
Donna KaranThe timelines of Anne Klein and Donna Karan are intertwined. Donna, an active fashion designer and philanthropist, started her career under Anne Klein’s label where she eventually became the head designer carrying Anne’s legacy until 1985 when she broke off and started her own eponymous brand, Donna Karan. To this day Donna works as a designer for DK and continues her work in philanthropy with a variety of causes including social justice in places where it’s an exception and not a norm.
Victoria BeckhamThe epitome of girl power. Victoria Beckham has lived a life of everything from championing young girls and women alike, to chartering new territories and building a clothing empire. For those of us who played the Spice album on repeat, we already knew Victoria as the iconic spice girl who always stunned in her black dress and modern look. Today she runs a brand that touches every essence of style and ships to over 100 countries.