The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

Over 600 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time
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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
    Saumur, France
    299 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (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, she was credited ...more
  • Christian Dior
    Granville, France
    265 votes
    • 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, also ...more
  • Yves Saint Laurent
    Oran, Algeria
    241 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (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
  • Alexander McQueen
    London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    266 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 40 (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
  • Gianni Versace
    Reggio Calabria, Italy
    240 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (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 accessories, ...more
  • Valentino
    Voghera, Italy
    168 votes
    • Age: 91
    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 Valentino ...more