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The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

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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

    Granville, France

    AgeDec. at 51 (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
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    172
    61

    Coco Chanel

    Saumur, France

    AgeDec. 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
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    144
    45

    Yves Saint Laurent

    Oran, Algeria

    AgeDec. 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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    155
    67

    Alexander McQueen

    London Borough of Lewisham, London

    AgeDec. 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
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    139
    63

    Gianni Versace

    Reggio Calabria, Italy

    AgeDec. 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
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    100
    38

    Hubert de Givenchy

    Beauvais, France

    Age94

    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 famous...  more
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    107
    50

    Karl Lagerfeld

    Germany, Hamburg

    Age87

    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 Paris.He...  more
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    100
    45

    Giorgio Armani

    Piacenza, Italy

    Age87

    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 1975,...  more
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    88
    38

    Valentino

    Voghera, Italy

    Age88

    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
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    92
    43

    Cristóbal Balenciaga

    Getaria, Gipuzkoa

    AgeDec. at 76 (1895-1972)

    Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house....  more
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    84
    39

    Miuccia Prada

    Milan, Italy

    Age71

    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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    106
    60

    Ralph Lauren

    New York City, New York

    Age80

    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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    81
    44

    Oscar de la Renta

    Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

    Age88

    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 trained by Cristóbal...  more
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    99
    64

    Calvin Klein

    New York City, New York

    Age78

    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 range of...  more
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    95
    64

    Tom Ford

    Austin, Texas

    Age59

    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 luxury...  more
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    80
    52

    Donatella Versace

    Reggio Calabria, Italy

    Age66

    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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    70
    45

    Christian Louboutin

    Paris, France

    Age58

    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 his...  more
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    63
    38

    Thomas Burberry

    Surrey, United Kingdom

    AgeDec. 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 also...  more
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    61
    38

    Vivienne Westwood

    Tintwistle, United Kingdom

    Age79

    Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood (née Swire; born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the...  more
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    64
    45

    Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana

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    56
    38

    Pierre Balmain

    Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France

    AgeDec. 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
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    46
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    Paco Rabanne

    Pasaia, Spain

    Age86

    Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo (born 18 February 1934), more commonly known under the pseudonym of Paco Rabanne (French: [pako ʁaban]; Spanish: [ˈpako raˈβan]), is a Spanish fashion designer of Basque...  more
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    57
    40

    Jean Paul Gaultier

    Arcueil, France

    Age69

    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 2003 to 2010 he...  more
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    48
    30

    AgeDec. at 82 (1890-1973)

    Elsa Schiaparelli ( SKAP-ə-REL-ee, SHAP-, also US: skee-AHP-, Italian: [ˈɛlsa skjapaˈrɛlli]; 1890–1973) was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded...  more
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    54
    38

    Salvatore Ferragamo

    Bonito, Campania

    AgeDec. 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 stars...  more