Living
401 voters

The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

Updated October 26, 2019 6.3k votes 401 voters 9.0k views69 items

List RulesVote 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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Coco Chanel
    190
    56

    Coco Chanel

    Saumur, France

    AgeDec. at 88 (1883-1971)

    Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Christian Dior
    175
    51

    Christian Dior

    Granville, France

    AgeDec. at 52 (1905-1957)

    Christian Dior (French pronunciation: ​[kʁistjɑ̃ djɔːʁ]; 21 January 1905 – 24 October 1957)... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Yves Saint Laurent
    150
    47

    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),... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Gianni Versace
    154
    64

    Gianni Versace

    Reggio Calabria, Italy

    AgeDec. at 51 (1946-1997)

    Giovanni Versace (Italian: [ˈdʒovanni verˈsaːtʃe]; 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Alexander McQueen
    159
    69

    Alexander McQueen

    London Borough of Lewisham, London

    AgeDec. at 41 (1969-2010)

    Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Hubert de Givenchy
    106
    39

    Hubert de Givenchy

    Beauvais, France

    Age93

    Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (pronounced [ybɛʁ də ʒivɑ̃ʃi]; 20 February 1927 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Giorgio Armani
    110
    45

    Giorgio Armani

    Piacenza, Italy

    Age86

    Giorgio Armani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo arˈmaːni]; born 11 July 1934) is an Italian... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Valentino
    97
    38

    Valentino

    Voghera, Italy

    Age88

    Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːno ɡaraˈvaːni]; born 11... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Karl Lagerfeld
    114
    53

    Karl Lagerfeld

    Hamburg, Germany

    Age87

    Karl Otto Lagerfeld (German: [kaɐ̯l ˈlaːɡɐˌfɛlt]; 10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Cristóbal Balenciaga
    96
    42

    Cristóbal Balenciaga

    Getaria, Gipuzkoa

    AgeDec. at 77 (1895-1972)

    Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Miuccia Prada
    90
    41

    Miuccia Prada

    Milan, Italy

    Age71

    Miuccia Bianchi Prada (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmjuttʃa ˈpraːda]; born Maria Bianchi Italian... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Calvin Klein
    112
    62

    Calvin Klein

    New York City, New York

    Age77

    Calvin Richard Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ralph Lauren
    111
    61

    Ralph Lauren

    New York City, New York

    Age80

    Ralph Lauren, KBE (né Lifshitz; born October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Thomas Burberry
    68
    32

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Oscar de la Renta
    82
    46

    Oscar de la Renta

    Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

    Age88

    Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014), known professionally as Oscar... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Tom Ford
    101
    67

    Tom Ford

    Austin, Texas

    Age59

    Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Christian Louboutin
    77
    44

    Christian Louboutin

    Paris, France

    Age57

    Christian Louboutin (French: [kʁis.tjɑ̃ lu.bu.tɛ̃]; born 7 January 1964) is a French fashion... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
    72
    40

    Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana

  • 19
    Donatella Versace
    86
    55

    Donatella Versace

    Reggio Calabria, Italy

    Age65

    Donatella Francesca Versace (born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and the current... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Pierre Balmain
    63
    34

    Pierre Balmain

    Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France

    AgeDec. at 68 (1914-1982)

    Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ balmɛ̃], 18 May 1914,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Jean Paul Gaultier
    63
    34

    Jean Paul Gaultier

    Arcueil, France

    Age68

    Jean-Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24 April 1952) is a French haute couture and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Vivienne Westwood
    62
    39

    Vivienne Westwood

    Tintwistle, United Kingdom

    Age79

    Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood (née Swire; born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Vera Wang
    69
    47

    Vera Wang

    New York City, New York

    Age71

    Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Elsa Schiaparelli
    49
    27

    AgeDec. at 83 (1890-1973)

    Elsa Schiaparelli ( SKAP-ə-REL-ee, SHAP-, also US: skee-AHP-, Italian: [ˈɛlsa skjapaˈrɛlli];... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Marc Jacobs
    75
    54

    Marc Jacobs

    New York City, New York

    Age57

    Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for... more on Wikipedia