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Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Vote up the designers who have influenced the world of fashion the most with their body of work

This is a list of the most influential fashion designers. Throughout history, fashion designers have influenced the simple things we wear every day, even if we don't realize it or see their work on the catwalk.

From names most associated with shoes or underwear like Jimmy Choo or Calvin Klein, or names that dressed the stars like Edith Head, these influential fashion designers have woven their way into our closets over the decades. Some designers' names are synonymous with their brand and style, like Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood.

All of these fashion designers have created amazing bodies of work and influenced what we wear every day, but it's more difficult to determine who has truly left their mark. Even if some of the names are new to you, their brands and designs are familiar. It’s up to you to help determine which designers have made, or are making, the most influence on fashion.

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Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Saumur, France Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the ...more

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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America Ralph Lauren, pronounced Loor-en is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company, a global ...more

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Calvin Klein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America Calvin Richard Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein also has given his name to a ...more

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Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Granville, France Christian Dior was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior, but now owned by Groupe Arnault.

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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Oran, Algeria Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent, was an Algerian-born French fashion designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, ...more

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Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Reggio Calabria, Italy Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He ...more

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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Austin, Texas, United States of America Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before ...more

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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, USA, New York Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the ...more

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Vera Wang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, ...more

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Tommy Hilfiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Elmira, New York, United States of America Thomas Jacob Hilfiger is an American fashion designer and founder of the lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation.

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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, known professionally as Oscar de la Renta, was a Dominican American fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, he was trained by Cristóbal ...more

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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Reggio Calabria, Italy Donatella Versace is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice President of the Versace Group, as well as its chief designer. She owns a 20% share of the business. During the 1980s, ...more

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Donna Karan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Forest Hills, New York City, New York Donna Karan, also known under the alias "DK", is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.

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Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Kansas City, Missouri, USA Kate Brosnahan Spade was the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.

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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Eurasia, Greater London, United Kingdom Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen ...more

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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Piacenza, Italy Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was ...more

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Valentino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Voghera, Italy Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino ...more

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Halston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
USA, Des Moines, Iowa Roy Halston Frowick, known as Halston, was an American fashion designer who rose to international fame in the 1970s. His minimalist, clean designs, often made of cashmere or ultrasuede, were ...more

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Anna Sui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America Anna Sui is an American fashion designer. Sui is one of the most celebrated names in American fashion, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally ...more

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Edith Head is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
San Bernardino, California, United States of America Edith Head was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, starting with The Heiress and ending with The Sting. Born and raised in California, ...more

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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Beauvais, France Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and ...more

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Cristóbal Balenciaga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.

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Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
SoHo, Manhattan, New York City Zachary E. "Zac" Posen is an American fashion designer.

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Betsey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States of America Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered "over the top" and embellished. She also is known ...more

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Ann Lowe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Ann Lowe Clayton, Alabama, United States of America Ann Cole Lowe was an American fashion designer who became the first African American to become a noted fashion designer. Lowe's one-of-a-kind designs were a favorite among high society matrons ...more