They understand what works best for a woman's body, her comfort and today's lifestyle.
Vera Wang, 62
Vera Wang is the most well-known designer in the luxury bridal industry. A woman of Chinese descent, she is a native New Yorker whose early career in fashion included being a senior fashion editor for Vogue magazine. After 16 years, she left the publication after Anna Wintour, the current editor-in-chief, was chosen for the position she would have liked.
"I'm not a girl who spends my life in a ballgown... Clothing is as much about lifestyle as art."
"To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It's like makeup. It's the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of lenses can change your whole appearance."
"Don't be afraid to take time to learn. It's good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn."
"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes."
Miuccia Prada, 63
As the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, the founder of the Prada fashion label, Miuccia was born in Milan, Italy. She is most known for taking her grandfather's fashion house, which was dwindling both financially and style-wise, and turning it into one of the top designer labels worldwide. Along with her husband and CEO of the company, Patrizio Bertelli, Miuccia has built the Prada company so that it is now worth an estimated $13 billion dollars. Forbes magazine ranked her as #79 in their list of the world's most powerful women.
Diane von Furstenberg is most know for her famous wrap-dress, which has been a must-have for many wardrobes. It is thought to be universally flattering on all figures. The designer's label (known as DVF) began in 1970 and in 2005, the CFDA gave her their coveted lifetime achievement award.
"The biggest mistake a woman can make is not to be herself in public or private."
"I design for the woman who loves being a woman. "
"There's no success without frustration."
Carolina Herrera, 73
"I want women to really look like women from today. It's not from the past and not from the future, because I don't know what happens in the future. It is the women of today (who) I think is a seductive woman."
"The women of the 1940s were very elegant and very glamorous... I took some hints of it and I showed a collection that is very ladylike."
"I’ve had work done on my eyes in the past. However, I think there are limits. I wouldn’t ever have too much done as it looks unnatural, and I don’t think you should do anything to your lips as it changes the entire shape of your face."
Donna Karan, owner of the fashion labels "Donna Karan New York" and "DKNY", is a household name around the world, but especially in the U.S. The Queens, NY-born designer started her career in the 1960s working for Anne Klein before branching out to start her own label. She became famous for her collection of seven easy pieces of clothing, which she called "the essentials". Her mission was to design modern fashion that would be easy for people to mix-and-match.
"Evening is a time of real experimentation. You never want to look the same way."
"Today, fashion is really about sensuality - how a woman feels on the inside. In the eighties women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies - they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes."