These 7 Designers And Models Helped Shape American Fashion. None Of Them Were Born Here.

Creativity has no borders.

The American fashion industry has worldwide influence with a staggering $250 billion spent in the United States on it per year. It wouldn't be what it is today without all of the fashion designers, models, seamstresses, pattern makers, merchandisers, editors, and more.

In light of recent events, people are gathering to defend America as a land welcoming of immigrants, and a place founded on the labor and creativity of people from all over the world. One of the industries where this couldn't be more true is in fashion.

In honor of this, take a look at seven people who have helped mold the fashion industry in the United States, but were not born here.


1. Oscar de la Renta

Image via Everett Collection I Shutterstock 

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic before he moved to Madrid at 18 to study. In the early 1960s, he moved to New York where he soon set up his own label. 

2. Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1980. After being scouted, she moved to New York in 1997. Despite retiring from the runway, she still remains one of the world's highest paid models.

3. Phillip Lim

Image via Debby Wong I Shutterstock

Fashion designer Phillip Lim was born in Thailand to Chinese parents. His family moved to the United States when he was a baby. After interning in the fashion industry, Lim launched his 3.1 Phillip Lim label which quickly gained a reputation for being a sought after contemporary line. 

4. Adriana Lima

Born in, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, model Adriana Lima ended up moving to New York after winning modeling contests. Today, she is one of the most famous Victoria's Secret models and one of the highest paid models.

5. Anna Wintour

Image via Rena Schild I Shutterstock 

Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and editorial director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour, is one of the most influential people in the entire fashion industry. She was born in London, England and came to the United States in 1976 to become the Fashion Editor at Harper's Bazaar.

6. Diane von Fürstenberg

Fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg is one of the most influential people in the American fashion industry. She was born in Brussels, Belgium and studied in Switzerland before she moved to the United States. Here, she launched her iconic wrap dress in 1972.

7. Liu Wen

Liu Wen was born in Hunan Province, China and she is now based in New York. She holds the honor of being the first Asian face of Estée Lauder and she was the first Asian model to walk for Victoria's Secret.


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.