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Exploring 20 Diverse Cultures Reflected in Fashion Designer Collections

Updated: Mar 11, 2023


"Cultures are a rich source of inspiration for fashion designers, providing them with diverse styles, fabrics, patterns, and colors to draw from"." By incorporating cultural elements into their collections, designers can create unique and meaningful fashion pieces that celebrate diversity and promote cultural exchange" remarks Prof. Gaurav Mandal, National awarded fashion educationist .


Here are 20 examples of fashion designers who have incorporated different cultures into their collections, along with the season and year:

  1. Valentino - Spring 2016 Haute Couture Collection inspired by African tribes and patterns

  2. Alexander McQueen - Spring 2008 RTW Collection inspired by India and its royal history

  3. Christian Dior - Resort 2020 Collection inspired by Mexican crafts and traditions

  4. Dolce & Gabbana - Fall 2013 RTW Collection inspired by traditional Spanish flamenco dresses

  5. Vivienne Westwood - Spring 2011 RTW Collection inspired by traditional Chinese dress and culture

  6. Jean Paul Gaultier - Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection inspired by Indian saris and kimonos

  7. Gucci - Spring 2017 RTW Collection inspired by ancient Greek and Roman mythology

  8. Balenciaga - Spring 2017 RTW Collection inspired by African fabrics and prints

  9. Louis Vuitton - Spring 2018 Menswear Collection inspired by traditional Maori tattoos and patterns

  10. Versace - Fall 2011 RTW Collection inspired by African tribal prints and jewelry

  11. Carolina Herrera - Fall 2019 RTW Collection inspired by traditional Latin American embroidery and motifs

  12. Chanel - Pre-Fall 2018 Collection inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and motifs

  13. Missoni - Fall 2014 RTW Collection inspired by Native American tribal patterns and motifs

  14. Givenchy - Spring 2011 Haute Couture Collection inspired by Japanese kimonos and traditional dress

  15. Ralph Lauren - Fall 2018 RTW Collection inspired by traditional Native American beading and motifs

  16. Tommy Hilfiger - Spring 2017 RTW Collection inspired by traditional Moroccan textiles and patterns

  17. Emilio Pucci - Spring 2017 RTW Collection inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns of the Amalfi Coast in Italy

  18. Alberta Ferretti - Spring 2020 RTW Collection inspired by the traditional Chinese cheongsam

  19. Marc Jacobs - Fall 2016 RTW Collection inspired by the traditional English countryside

  20. Elie Saab - Fall 2017 Haute Couture Collection inspired by the traditional costumes and motifs of ancient Egypt.

About The author

Gaurav Mandal is a fashion educator and leader, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. He is recipient of two national awards from the Indian Government for his contributions to the fashion industry. A NIFT Delhi Gold Medalist fashion designer , he completed his Fashion Marketing master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He teaches millions of students through his YouTube Channel and works with several NGO’s for imparting creative education.


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