7 Female Designers We Love—and How They Changed Fashion

Think about some of the most iconic names in fashion: Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent. Each of these groundbreaking brands delivers stunning pieces of couture that have redefined the fashion industry. They also share a common thread that may seem so obvious you've never given it a second thought: Each is named after its male founder. Although it might seem that an industry that creates products tailored for women would be abundant in female leaders, the number of female heads of renowned brands has historically been lacking. However, the male-dominated fashion industry has rapidly changed in the 2000s. Thanks to the groundwork laid by trailblazers like Coco Chanel, female heads are becoming more common, and with their ascendance, the top women in fashion are building brands of their own.

Keep reading to learn about seven of the top women in fashion who are changing the industry with their revolutionary work.

Now that you've got a little history down, learn more about a few designers whose personal style we absolutely adore.

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This story was originally published on December 21, 2016, and has been updated.