While menswear is lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to attack and become the leader of the pack, womenswear’s talons are sharpened with anticipatory senses heightened. Menswear continues to grow—in size and stature, but the sheer magnitude of women’s fashion and the influence it continues to have will be a hard act to follow. The greatest designers of all time aren’t all long and gone, living on as names referenced as inspiration to current trends and designs. Many of them are still very much alive and well and pushing the boundaries of the world of womenswear. And many of them are men.

For as back as one can remember (or at least, the internet can tell us) the role of man in womenswear designs has been tremendously impactful. Look at some of the greatest fashion houses to exist still to this day: Saint Laurent, Gucci, Dior, Versace. All of which were founded and run by men. Men who saw the importance of the role of women in society—concentrated on their radiant beauty, grace and superior intelligence, to tell their story in the form of fashion. Here are the 11 Best Male Designers of Women’s Clothing