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Last week I wrapped up my series of 25 inspiring lists of 25 things for crocheters. That means it’s time to launch a new series. One of the things that I find inspiring is seeing how fashion designers use crochet in their work. I also like checking out runway clothes and imagining how I could reinvent them for crochet. So that’s going to be the inspiration behind the next series of posts: How 50 Fashion Designers Use (or Should Use) Crochet (heretofore known as The Designer Crochet Project).

The Designer Crochet Project

I was already thinking about doing something similar to this project when I happened to notice a book at my local library that helped to shape it. The book is Simone Werle’s 50 Fashion Designers You Should Knowir?t=moho 20&l=as2&o=1&a=3791344137&camp=217145&creative=399373. I’ve decided to explore this entire list. I’m familiar with some of the fashion designers on the list and have never heard of others so it should be a fun exploration.

In each post for the project I will share a little bit of information and history about the fashion designer in general. Then I will dig through their history to see if they have ever done any crochet work and I’ll tell you about it if they have. I happen to know off the top of my head that some of them have, like Gaultier who has some great crochet shoes, and Dolce and Gabbana who frequently show up in my crochet-on-the-runway posts, and Pucci whose dress is featured in the image above.

Some of these fashion designers have probably not worked with crochet, but that’s okay. In those cases I’m going to look at their other items and pick out some that I think should be re-worked in crochet or that I think would inspire a great crochet piece or something along those lines. Not all crochet inspiration has to come from an item that’s already crocheted after all!

The 50 Fashion Designers

(Note, as I complete the profiles on each of these people, I am updating this list with a link to the article where you can see the work):

Here are the 50 fashion designers who will be explored The Designer Crochet Project:

1. Alexander McQueen

designer crochet

2. Andre Courreges

courreges crochet

3. Azzedine Alaia

celebrity crochet

4. Calvin Klein

crochet sweater vest

5. Christian Dior

designer crochet

6. Christian Lacroix

designer crochet top

7. Coco Chanel

chanel crochet

8. Cristobal Balenciaga

crochet balenciaga

9. Diane von Furstenberg

designer crochet sweater

10. Dolce & Gabbana

miss sicily crochet bag

11. Dries Van Noten

designer crochet sweater

12. Elsa Schiaparelli

crochet detail dress

13. Emanuel Ungaro

ungaro designer 1960s

14. Emilio Pucci

pucci crochet

15. Donna Karan

donna karan crochet kimono

16. Franco Moschino

crochet sweater

17. Gianni Versace

versace crochet gown

18. Giorgio Armani

beaded armani crochet

19. Hedi Slimane

hedi slimane

20. Helmut Lang

alpaca crochet sweater

21. Hubert de Givenchy

givenchy crochet jumpsuit

22. Hussein Chalayan

crochet jacket

23. Issey Miyake

issey miyake crochet

24. Jean Paul Gaultier

gaultier crocodile crochet

25. Jeanne Lanvin

lanvin lace embroidery

26. Jil Sander

fashion designer jil sander

27. John Galliano

galliano crochet scarf

28. Karl Lagerfeld

crochet top

29. Kenzo Takada

kenzo takada

30. Madeleine Vionnet


31. Main Bocher

1930s mainbocher

32. Marc Jacobs

marc jacobs fall 2012_2

33. Martin Margiela


34. Mary Quant

mary quant crochet pattern dress

35. Missoni

missoni crochet dress

36. Miuccia Prada

prada crochet dress

37. Nina Ricci

crochet cardigan

38. Oscar de la Renta

designer crochet

39. Paul Poiret

crochet poiret coat

40. Pierre Balmain


vintage balmain lace dress

41. Ralph Lauren

ralph lauren crochet sweater

42. Rei Kawakubo

crochet pink sweater designer

43. Roy Halston


Halson crochet vest

44. Stella McCartney


stella mccartney crochet dress

45. Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler crochet dress


46. Tom Ford


47. Valentino Garavani

valentino crochet front cardigan

48. Vivienne Westwood

westwood men crochet

49. Yohji Yamamoto

yamamoto crochet tights '11

50. Yves St. Laurent


ysl crochet necklace

Do you have a favorite fashion designer that uses crochet or that you wish would put crochet on the runway?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Debra Yorston Reply

    I love that dress – could never wear it though. (I wonder why the heck she is standing that way.)

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Debi – I love the Pucci dress but it’s definitely been a controversial one that a lot of people don’t like.

  2. Debra, her toosh must be cold and she’s warming it by the fire. ;-)

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  4. Kristin Moran Reply

    If I looked that good in it, I’d be happy to wear that dress!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Kristin … It definitely takes the right body on that one!

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  26. carolmckayau Reply

    Regarding “Cristobal Balenciaga” – my pants, my pants, has anyone seen my pants?

    Mary Quant is the best :)

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  29. I will sell part of my yarn stash to buy food for those poor starved women.

    Chainsaw and mountain climbing lessons optional but recommended.

    Isn’t it enough that “designers” have hated women all these years–do they have to start hating crochet as well? Some of these are uglier than any of the Age Of Acrylic Gack ever coughed up (the 1970s).

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  32. Like the Margiela shrug. Would love to see crochet from Acne or Helmut Lang

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