Fashion Week: 9 Fashion Designers & Their Iconic Styles (VIDEO)

Fashion Week 2014 is underway in New York City. Meet 9 style icons whose influence endures across decades.
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Fashion Week 2014 is underway in New York City. Meet 9 style icons whose influence endures across decades.
Madonna In Gaultier

Madonna wore Jean-Paul Gaultier's famously sculpted cone bras during her Blond Ambition Tour. (AP Images)

NYC is a looking good. While today’s top fashion houses present their collections, we look at the fascinating life stories of some of fashions most notable trailblazers.

#1: Coco Chanel: She was visionary who revolutionized women’s fashion and whose legacy includes the “little black dress,” suits, signature handbags and perfume.

#2: Christian DiorHis style and legacy epitomizes luxury and ready-to-wear opulence that accentuates femininity.

#3: Halston: He was a designer to the stars who went from designing Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat to owning the 70s disco scene with his sexy and streamlined dresses to taking his designs to a mainstream retailer.

#4: Betsey Johnson: She's fashion's favorite wild child who developed her offbeat style from the 1970 London underground.

#5: Diane von Fürstenberg: She is a princess on a mission who designed the iconic wrap dress for the working woman.

#6: Jean-Paul Gaultier: He loves to shock with his seamless merging of avant garde and timeless design. He created Madonna’s infamous conical bras and introduced “man skirts” to the runway.

#7: John Galliano: His designs merged fantasy, art and classical themes into haute couture only to be brought down by his infamous anti-Semitic rant.

#8: Marc Jacobs: He introduced grunge style to the runway with subtle and chic appeal that transformed the House of Louis Vuitton.

#9: Alexander McQueen: Had a bold and unique flair which pushed the limits and traditions of the fashion world.