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The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time  

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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Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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
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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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Hamburg, Germany
Karl Lagerfeld (10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019) was a German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director of the fashion house ...more
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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Valentino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Italy, Voghera
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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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Ralph Lauren 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
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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Cristóbal Balenciaga is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Miuccia Prada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Milan, Italy
Miuccia Prada is the Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind Prada and Miu Miu. The youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, she took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in ...more
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Calvin Klein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, USA
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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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more
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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Thomas Burberry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Thomas Burberry Surrey, United Kingdom
Thomas Burberry was an English men's outfitter, and the founder of Burberry, one of the United Kingdom's largest branded clothing businesses. He is also known as the inventor of gabardine.
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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabba... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
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Christian Louboutin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Paris, France
Christian Louboutin is a French footwear designer whose footwear has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature.
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Lil' Kim 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
Kimberly Denise Jones known by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her ...more
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Roberto Cavalli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Florence, Italy
Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer from Florence. He is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans. He is the father of fashion designer Daniele
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Jean Paul Gaultier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
Arcueil, France
Jean Paul Gaultier is a French Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter fashion designer. Gaultier was the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. In the past, he has hosted ...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
Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain was a French fashion designer and founder of leading post-war fashion house Balmain. Known for sophistication and elegance, he described the art of dressmaking ...more