9 boss ladies behind the world’s biggest fashion houses

They’re fierce, they’re brilliant, they’re unstoppable. Meet the 9 boss ladies who have created a name for themselves in the fashion industry — a name that did not necessarily come from money, in Coco Chanel’s example; or, a name that did not come from fashion design, in Elsa Schiaparelli’s instance. All of these women prove that it requires grit, determination and strong willpower to get to where you want to be — and nothing can come in your way. Look at Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, who went bankrupt, but did not give up in the face of adversity. Or, learn from Victoria Beckham, once a pop-singer with pop group Spice Girls, who took to fashion design like a fish takes to water.    

And none of them has compromised on their ideals in the race to the top — fashion designer Stella McCartney, who is a vegetarian, is a pioneer in vegan and cruelty-free fashion. Meanwhile, Rei Kawakubo has stayed true to her fashion sensibilities — or shall we say anti-fashion sensibilities?

Watch, learn, take notes — these are the women who have created history and are continuing to do so. And if you read between the lines, you will see that they faced their fair share of obstacles, too.

9 powerful women who’ve helmed the world’s biggest fashion houses: 

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