Because we’re fashion obsessed and also well into Women’s Month, we thought it’s a good time to look at the women in fashion who’ve done incredible things and led the way to a fashion-forward future. From designers and media personalities to bloggers, there are women behind some of the biggest fashion empires. And we’re all about it.

1.Rei Kawakubo (1942 – )

Designer and founder of Comme des Garçons

Known for: Her deconstructionism in fashion, starting during the 80s. Kawakubo exemplifies true Japanese style, staying humble and hard at work, and revolutionising the way fashion is experienced.

‘What you wear can largely govern your feelings and your emotions, and how you look influences the way people regard you. So fashion plays an important role on both the practical level and the aesthetic level of activity.’

Rei Kawakubo via Rex Features

2.Gabrielle Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971)

Designer and founder of Chanel

Known for: Introducing women’s trousers, the little black dress and costume jewellery. Chanel played a very important role in changing the perception of women’s dress.

‘Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.’

Coco Chanel via Rex Features

3.Sophia Amoruso (1984 – )

Businesswomen and founder of Nastygal

Known for: Starting a very successful online retail company and defining what it is to be a #Girlboss.

‘There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.’

Sophia Amoruso via Rex Features

4.Pat McGrath (1970 –)

Make-up artist

Known for: Creating beautiful looks for the best designers all over the world, as well as doing editorials in the top magazines. She also created her own line of make-up. Most recently, McGrath has become a contributing editor for Vogue and won a CFDA Award.

‘I felt uncomfortable doing something that everyone’s already done – you don’t want to be boring.’

Pat McGrath via Rexfeatures

5. Leandra Medine (1988 – )

Founder of Man Repeller

Known for: Her brilliant approach to fashion and individuality, through running her very successful blog.

‘The fact that so many young people with opinions and ideas on fashion have been able to rise to the top of this industry that has historically seemed so impenetrable is really, really inspiring and motivating. You see yourself in the sort of digital superstars of fashion and that’s a really special sentiment to share.’

Leandra Medine via Rex Features

6.Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2016)


Known for: holding her title as the ‘queen of knits’.

‘Sometimes in the fashion industry we come across some unfair rules, but no-one is obliged to follow them.’

Sonia Rykiel via Rex Features

7. Susie Lau (1983 – )

Founder of Susie Bubble

Known for: Being one of the most prominent media personalities, running her blog Susie Bubble.

Susie Lau via Rex Features

8.Vivienne Westwood (1941 – )


Known for: bringing punk fashion to a mainstream society.

‘I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in.’

Vivienne Westwood via Rex Features

9. Miroslava Duma (1985 –)

Entrepreneur and businesswoman

Known for: founding Buro24/7 as an all-encompassing platform for fashion, lifestyle and news.

‘The fashion industry is all about storytelling and craftsmanship. Sustainability adds value because it makes that backstory even more impactful.’

Miroslava Duma via Rex Features

10. Miuccia Prada (1949 –)

Designer of Prada and founder of Miu Miu

Known for: Creating the first ready-to-wear lines for Prada, as well as more affordable brand Miu Miu.

‘What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.’

Miuccia Prada via Rex Features

11.Jenna Lyons (1969 – )

Designer and businesswoman

Known for: being the president and creative director at J.Crew and is also on the board of directors of the CDFA.

‘There’s this idea that everybody has to have everything right away… I wasn’t the superstar. I had to work really long hours for it.’

Jenna Lyons via Rexfeatures

For more of our content celebrating women in fashion, we’ve already looked at iconic  fashion quotes to live by as well as the style of 8 game-changing women throughout history.