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A lot of us have heard the names of those who became some of our favourite designers, however we don’t know what they look like. Knowing how your favourite designer, or other famous person, looks like, is not a priority if you wear the things they produce.

But, what if you take a tour down the road and walk right past them? Will you recognise them?

These legendary designers are not famous for their looks, but the brand that they have created all over the world. It is also rare for these people to appear in magazines or on TV.

Let us introduce you to some of the famous names that is not easily recognised.

Dolce & Gabbana was created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1985. The future partners of the Italian fashion house met at the beginning of the 1980s when Domenico found a job in an atelier that Stefano owned.

After their first collection was released and didn’t bring the expected commercial success the designers hoped for, they thought about closing down the business. However, they were given the amount of money by Dolce’s family that was needed to continue their work.

Fendi was founded by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s grandmother, however Silvia took the brand to the next step. Silvia designed the iconic product in 1997, which was the Baguette bag that was supposed to be carried like a French baguette. Silvia Venturini Fendi is the accessory and men’s clothes creative director in the company.

Armani was founded by Fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who is now one richest people in Italy. Armani was born in an Italian town called Piacenza, but he has Armenian roots. He started his career as an assistant fashion designer Nino Cerruti. In 1974, he presented his first collection under his own name.

The brand, Gerry Weber, was owned by Gerhard Weber and Udo Hardieck which grew from the small company, Hatex KG. The brand used to produce women’s clothes, which was set up in 1973. 13 years later, their sales were 72.7 million Deutsche Marks and the name was changed to Gerry Weber.

The ultimate Fashion house, known as Versace, was opened in 1978 by Gianni Versace. However, after his tragic death, his sister Donatella became the key person and the main designer for the company. Donatella created different collections than those of her brother, with a more feminine, comfortable and less sexually aggressive style. "My collections had bad reviews but I have always known that I wouldn’t be able to do what Gianni did. In order to stay on the market, you have to look for something new."

Valentino was founded by Valentino Garavani who, ever since the moment he learned to hold a pencil, started drawing. After realising his love for drawing, he decided to become a fashion designer and soon he entered the Academy of Arts in Milan.

Clothes from Valentino are the symbol of femininity and luxury, however in 2007, the designer left the fashion world after presenting his last clothing collection to the world.


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