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List of famous female dressmakers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female dressmakers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being dressmakers. There are thousand of females working as dressmakers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic dressmakers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a dressmaker then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Rose Van Thyn to Lizzie Adler.

While this isn't a list of all female dressmakers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female dressmakers?" and "Who are the best female dressmakers?"

Age: Died at 24 (1887-1911)

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

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Hannah Smith was born in Salford, England and lived to become a British supercentenarian and the oldest recognised living person in the world. Smith collapsed on her 110th birthday, and died three days later at Woodhouse, Sheffield. Smith smoked until five years before her death. Smith lived much of her life in Chesterfield and was a former dressmaking lecturer. ...more

Age: Died at 110 (1856-1966)

Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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Rozette Lopes-Dias Van Thyn, known as Rose Van Thyn, was a survivor of the World War II Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, who as a naturalized United States citizen residing in Shreveport, Louisiana, was involved for three decades in education about the Holocaust. ...more

Age: Died at 89 (1921-2010)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Policarpa Salavarrieta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Dressmakers
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Policarpa Salavarrieta


Policarpa Salavarrieta, also known as "La Pola," was a Neogranadine seamstress who spied for the Revolutionary Forces during the Spanish Reconquista of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. She was captured by Spanish Royalists and ultimately executed for high treason. She is now considered a heroine of the independence of Colombia. Because her birth certificate was never found, her legal given name is unknown. The name Salavarrieta is known only by the names her family and friends used. Her father referred to her as Apolonia in his will, which Salvador Contreras, the priest who formalized the testament on 13 December 1802, confirmed. She was closest to her brother, Viviano, as she became his ...more

Age: Died at 22 (1795-1817)

Birthplace: Guaduas, Colombia