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Vintage Photos of Designers We Love

They're all household names now, but it wasn't always so. Becoming a major fashion designer is no easy task. You have to work extremely hard, know the right people and impress the unimpressed season after season. Of course, there are those few that make it all the way: Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta. We dug into our photo archives to unearth a few of these masters in as youths, on the rise. 

Bonus? We found a shot of Lagerfeld without his trademark sunglasses.

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Valentino Garavani

The namesake of Valentino, shot in 1974. Sweet hair.

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Diane von Furstenberg

The mother of the wrap dress earning some model credit in 1974.

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Marc Jacobs

He's happy and he knows it, shot in 1986.

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Oscar de la Renta

My aunt used to have a crush on Oscar de la Renta and would stalk him around the city. She tells this story to me every time I see her. Here he is in 1968.

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Karl Lagerfeld

The Kaiser, lookin' sharp without sunglasses. Shot in 1983.

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Calvin Klein

Prepped-out in the sweater, 70's-out in the shirt. Shot in 1972.

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Donna Karan

Donna Karan looking very Donna Karan in 1977.

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Rushmore

Gianni Versace, Valentino Garavani, Giorgrio Armani and Gianfranco Ferre. The gang was all there in 1992.

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Vivienne Westwood

Shot alongside some London punks in 1977. Vivienne's still got it, FYI.

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Ralph Lauren

Hard at work building an American style empire. Shot in 1971.

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Coco Chanel

Coco, just chillin' on her couch. Shot in 1937.

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Carolina Herrera

Miss Venezuela 1976. Not really, but she could've been.

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Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson being her usual carefree casual self. Shot in 1969.

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