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The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated October 26, 2019 4.1k votes 343 voters 7.3k views 70 items

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

Age: Dec. at 88 (1883-1971)

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion designer, businesswoman, and Nazi collaborator. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, ...more
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Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Granville, France

Age: Dec. at 52 (1905-1957)

Christian Dior (French pronunciation: ​[kʁistjɑ̃ djɔːʁ]; 21 January 1905 – 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, ...more
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Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Age: Dec. at 51 (1946-1997)

Giovanni Versace (Italian: [ˈdʒovanni verˈsaːtʃe]; 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces ...more
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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Oran, Algeria

Age: Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (French: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]; 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), professionally known as Yves Saint-Laurent, was a French fashion designer who, in 1961, founded his ...more
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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

Age: Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and founded his own fort ...more
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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Germany, Hamburg

Age: 85

Karl Otto Lagerfeld (German: [kaɐ̯l ˈlaːɡɐˌfɛlt]; 10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019) was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist who lived in ...more
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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Piacenza, Italy

Age: 84

Giorgio Armani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo arˈmaːni]; born 11 July 1934) is an Italian fashion designer. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in ...more
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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Beauvais, France

Age: 92

Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (pronounced [ybɛʁ də ʒivɑ̃ʃi]; 20 February 1927 – 10 March 2018) was a French fashion designer who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952. He was ...more
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Ralph Lauren 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

Age: 79

Ralph Lauren, KBE (né Lifshitz; born October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global ...more
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Valentino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Italy, Voghera

Age: 86

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːno ɡaraˈvaːni]; born 11 May 1932), best known as just Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer, the founder of the ...more
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Calvin Klein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 76

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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Cristóbal Balenci... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Age: Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.
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Miuccia Prada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Milan, Italy

Age: 69

Miuccia Bianchi Prada (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmjuttʃa ˈpraːda]; born Maria Bianchi Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa ˈbjaŋki]; 10 May 1949) is an Italian billionaire fashion designer and ...more
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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Austin, Texas, United States of America

Age: 57

Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at ...more
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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Age: 63

Donatella Francesca Versace (born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and the current chief creative officer of Versace, a division of Capri Holdings. Versace was founded by her brother, ...more
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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Age: 86

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014), known professionally as Oscar de la Renta, was a Dominican-American fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, he was ...more
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Domenico Dolce & Ste... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 55

Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, and formerly Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, which was ...more
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Thomas Burberry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Thomas Burberry Surrey, United Kingdom

Age: Dec. at 91 (1835-1926)

Thomas Burberry (27 August 1835 – 4 April 1926) was an English gentlemen's outfitter, and the founder of international chain Burberry, one of Britain's largest branded clothing businesses. He is ...more
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Christian Louboutin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Paris, France

Age: 56

Christian Louboutin (French: [kʁis.tjɑ̃ lu.bu.tɛ̃]; born 7 January 1964) is a French fashion designer whose high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become ...more
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Jean Paul Gaultier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Arcueil, France

Age: 66

Jean-Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24 April 1952) is a French haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion designer who, in 1982, founded his eponymous fashion label. From ...more
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Vera Wang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 69

Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City.
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Salvatore Ferragamo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Bonito, Campania, Italy

Age: Dec. at 62 (1898-1960)

Salvatore Ferragamo (5 June 1898 – 7 August 1960) was an Italian shoe designer and the founder of luxury goods high-end retailer Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.. Ferragamo worked with many Hollywood ...more
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Roberto Cavalli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Florence, Italy

Age: 78

Roberto Cavalli (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto kaˈvalli]; born 15 November 1940) is an Italian fashion designer and inventor. He is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted ...more
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Pierre Balmain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France

Age: Dec. at 68 (1914-1982)

Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ balmɛ̃], 18 May 1914, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie – 29 June 1982, Paris) was a French fashion designer and founder of leading ...more