British designers rose to the forefront only during the last forty years. They are renowned for incorporating eccentric patterns and extremely innovative styles. British fashion designers are credited with changing the extremely conventional way of dressing that the English once followed.
Mary Quant is a famed English designers who proclaimed to be the inventor of mini skirts and hot pants. Though her claim is not accepted by many, she is still credited for popularizing mini skirts during the 60s. Mary Quant was born in 1934 and did her studies from Goldsmith College; she along with her husband opened their first boutique at King’s Road, London. Quant started designing her own clothes and launched her own label in 1966. Her contributions to the fashion industry earned her the Order of the British Empire the very same year. Mary Quant went on to become a highly acclaimed designer with her boutiques being launched in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
Stella McCartney is the daughter of the legendary Beatle star Sir Paul McCartney from his first wife, Linda McCartney. She graduated from the renowned Central Saint Martins College, London and launched her label shortly after. Stella got selected as the creative head of Chloe and later opened her fashion house in collaboration with Gucci. McCartney also designs sports wear for Adidas and designed a collection for H&M. She is a hardcore vegetarian and strictly against the use of fur or leather on her creations. Her clientele include some of the biggest stars like Jude Law, Madonna and Annie Lennox.
Christopher Bailey is widely touted to be the most influential British designer. Bailey was born in 1972 and did his graduation from the Royal College of Art. He got an opportunity to work with some of the biggies in the fashion industry like Donna Karen in New York and Tom Ford. However Bailey longed to design for a UK designer, and he finally got the chance when Rose Marie Bravo, CEO of Burberry called on him to be the Design Director. Bailey’s creations for Burberry has been much acclaimed, he also expanded the company’s business in the US, masterminding the launch of Burberry store in New York in 2002. His designs reveal a contemporary influence but nevertheless staying true to the traditional English roots of Burberry.
Alexander McQueen is probably the most respected and famous of British designers; he is renowned for his viciously sharp tailoring. He is said to have mastered the art while working as an apprentice in Saville Row. McQueen worked several designers the likes of Romeo Gigli in Milan. He gradated from St.Martins, London and started designing clothes which many say sport the finest of British tailoring, the flawless manufacturing of Italians and slickness of the French creations. McQueen had also worked with the famed label Givenchy and now has a partnership with Gucci. His label brings out a collection of eyewear, clothes, handbag, shoes, perfume, bags and scarves. McQueen was awarded The British Menswear Designer of the year in 2004.