In the world of fashion, where it seems like everyone is a highly educated, intelligent, and worldly, it also seems a bit surprising to learn that people who have been very successful actually didn't graduate from university—or, in some cases, they didn't go to school at all.
But for many of the most recognisable names in the business, that's just the case. Anna Wintour left her finishing school to move to London and jump into the world of fashion publishing. Alexander Wang dropped out of Parsons after two years to intern. Giorgio Armani left medical school after realising he wanted to pursue a career in fashion.
Keep scrolling to learn more of the biggest names who never completed college!
Anna Wintour dropped out of finishing school to live in London.
The Olsen twins began studying at NYU in 2004, but left citing "personal issues" involving safety and growing responsibilities with Dualstar Entertainment.
Wang dropped out of Parsons The New School for Design after just two years to work as an intern and begin his career.
Having begun her career at age 16, Blake Lively began acting right after high school. She has not yet gone to college, though she plans to one day.
Donna Karan dropped out of Parsons School of Design age eighteen to work in New York and start making connections.
Chanel left school at the young age of eighteen, never seeking to pursue a higher education.
Armani dropped out of medical school at the University of Bologna once he realised he hated the sight of blood.
Klum began modeling immediately after completing high school.
Wu studied at Parsons, but dropped out to intern for a designer before ever earning a degree.
Kanye transferred to Chicago State University from the American Academy of Art in Chicago after just one semester. He eventually dropped out, however, to pursue a music career.
Lauren Conrad moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school to begin her acting career.
Kors dropped out of school after only two semesters to begin his fashion career.
Ralph Lauren quit business school at Baruch College to design ties; he launched Polo Ralph Lauren within that same year.
Witherspoon enrolled at Stanford University but dropped out to act full time.
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