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How to Pronounce 60 Fashion Designer’s Names

How to Pronounce 60 Designer's Names

How many times have you adored a designer’s work, but been baffled as to how to pronounce their name? Do you love the designs of Nicolas Ghesquière and Demna Gvasalia, but you’re unsure how to say each of their names?  I was unsure myself until I consulted various sources and made this list!  The following list gives the phonetic spelling for most of the major designers so you will feel confident in pronouncing your favorite designer’s names when you show off their designs or simply admire their work!

Adrien Caillaudaud, artistic director, Carven: ai-dree-en kai-oh-dough

Alber Elbaz, former creative director, Lanvin: ahl-bare el-bahz

Alessandro Michele, creative director, Gucci, a-lay-san-dro me-kay-lay

Alexandre Vauthier, aleks-andr vau-tee-aye

Alexis Martial, artistic director, Carven: al-ex-ee mar-she-ahl

Andrew Gnandrew ghen (with a hard “g”)

Ann Demeulemeesterann de-mule-eh-meester

Anthony Vaccarello, creative director, Saint Laurent Paris, an-to-nee vah-kah-reh-lo

Ariel Ovadia, co-founder, Ovadia & Sons: are-ee-el oh-vah-dya

Bouchra Jarrar, artistic director, Lanvin, boo-shra jahr-are

Carin Rodebjer, founder and creative director, Rodebjer: kaar-in ro-duh-beer

Christian Wijnantskri-stee-ahn vine-ants (but, FYI, he’s happy with “wine-ants,” too, because Wijnants means “wine merchant” in Flemish)

Christophe Lemaire, founder and designer, Lemaire and artistic director, Uniqlo U: kree-stoff le-mair

Christopher De Vos, designer and partner, Peter Pilotto: kris-tuh-fer de-voes

Consuelo Castiglioni, creative director, Marni: con-sway-lo cas-tig-lee-oh-nee

Dao-Yi Chow, designer and co-founder, Public School: dao-wee chow

Demna Gvasalia, creative director, Balenciaga and head designer, Vetements (veht-mohn), deem-nah vas-ah-livah

Duro Olowudure-oh o-low-woo

Erdem Moralioglu, designer, Erdem: er- dem moralee-oh-glue

Ermanno Scervinoerr-mah-no sher-vee-no

Fausto Puglisifao-sto poo-yee-zee

Francesco Scognamigliofran-ces-ko- sko-gna-mi-glio

Gosha Rubchinskiygoe-sha roob-chin-skee

Guo Peigwo-pay

Haider Ackermannay-der ak-er-man

Hedi Slimane, former creative director, Saint Laurent Paris: ed-ee slim-ahn

Huishan Zhanghway-shan tzahng

Hussein Chalayanhu-se-in cha-la-yan

Ji Ohjee-oh

Jonathan Simkhaijon-a-thon sim-ky (like “eye“)

Josep Font, creative director, Delpozo: joe-sep font

Joseph Altuzarra, designer and founder, Altuzarra: joe-sef ull-too-zah-ra

Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director, Christian Dior, maria grah-tzia key-yuri

Markus Lupfer: mar-kus lupp-fur (as in “up” and fur, like, “animal fur“)

Marta Marques, co-founder, Marques’Almeida: mar-ta mar-kes

Mary Katrantzoumar-ee ka-tran-zoo

Massimo Giorgetti, creative director, Pucci and founder, MSGM: mas-ee-moe george-eh-tee

Misha Nonoomee-sha new-new (like, “old old, new new“)

Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, creative director, Hermes, nah-dej van-hee sy–bool-ski

Nicolas Ghesquiere, artistic director of women’s collections, Louis Vuitton, nee-ko-la jes-ke-air (with a soft “i”)

Olivier Rousteing, creative director, Balman, oh-live-ee-aye rhoos-stain

Paulo Almeida, co-founder, Marques’Almeida: pow-lo al-may-da

Phoebe Philo, creative director, Céline: fee-bee file-oh

Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director, Valentino, pier-paolo pea-shioli

Prabal Gurung, prah-bull (like “trouble”) goo-roong

Raf Simons, chief creative officer, Calvin Klein, rauf see-mon-s

Riccardo Tisci, creative director, Givenchy, rik-ar-do tish-ee

Robert Tagliapietra, designer and co-founder, now-closed Costello Tagliapietra and recently launched JCRT: ro-bert tag-lee-ya-pee-ay-tra

Roksanda Ilincic, designer and founder, Roksanda: rock-sand-a ill-in-chich

Ryan Rocherye-an rowsh

Shimon Ovadia, co-founder, Ovadia & Sons: shim-ohn oh-vah-dya

Simon Porte Jacquemus, designer and founder, Jacquemus: see-mohn port jahk-muhss

Simone Rochasee-mone ro-sha

Tadashi Shojita-da-shee sho-jee

Thakoon Panichgul, designer and founder, Thakoon: tah-koon pah-nich-gull

Thea Bregazzi, designer and co-founder, Preen: thee-ah bru-gahz-ee

Timo Weiland, designer and co-founder, Timo Weiland: tee-mo why-land

Ulyana Sergeenkouhl-yahn-uh se-air-jane-koh

Veronique Branquinhover-on-neek brahn-kin-oh

Vika Gazinskayavee-kah gahv-in-skee-yah

Yigal Azrouëlyee-gal ahz-roo-el

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