Top 10 Oldest Fashion Houses

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Top 10 Oldest Fashion Houses that still operate today

Fashion comes and goes but there are some names in the industry that never fade away. The oldest fashion houses are the pioneers of fashion and the trendsetters that continue to inspire designers all over the world.

However, being in the industry for a long time does not guarantee success.

The oldest names in the fashion industry have managed to reinvent themselves and keep up with the changing times while still staying true to their origins and principles.  This is the reason why they are still ruling the fashion world today.

Who knows what fashion houses will top this list in the next years.

Until then let’s take a look at our list about the oldest fashion houses in the world.

10. Saint Laurent Paris (1961)

We will start our list about the oldest fashion houses with Saint Laurent Paris!

Saint Laurent Paris was founded in 1961 by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé.  Yves Saint Laurent was named the creative director of Dior when he was only 21, in 1967. While being in the military he suffered a nervous breakdown and he was also fired by Dior, which aggravated his condition.

After his release from the hospital in November 1960, Yves Saint Laurent sued Dior for breach of contract and won.  He and his partner founded their own fashion house in 1961 with funds from American millionaire J. Mack Robinson.

Yves Saint Laurent spent his childhood in Oran, Algeria making costumes for his sister’s dolls while dreaming of living in Paris. He is best known for its prêt-à-porter collections and for Le Smoking, the trend-settling evening trouser-suit for women.

Top 10 Oldest Fashion Houses| YSL's Le Smoking, photographed by Helmut Newton in 1975. Image courtesy of The Grand Palais and Helmut Newton Estate
YSL’s Le Smoking, photographed by Helmut Newton in 1975. Image courtesy of The Grand Palais and Helmut Newton Estate via reed.edu

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