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The Most Influential People in Fashion 

Amber Hubert
Updated January 16, 2020 57.8k votes 3k voters 46.7k views 156 items

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Celebrities, models, designers, stylists, and CEOs of the largest department stores are fashion trendsetters. This list contains some of the hottest and most influential people in the fashion industry. Whether it's Tyra Banks deciding whether or not you're still in the running to be America's Next Top Model, or it's the inventor of the ever so popular flab squishing Spanx, these people are making their marks on what we wear and how we wear it.

Fashion tells a story. It helps us express how we are feeling, how we want others to react to us and it also does a very important job. It makes us not naked. Without fashion we'd all be naked criminals running around exposing ourselves and probably most of us would be very, very cold. So thank goodness for clothes!

Fashion changes with the times and reflects what the culture deems as attractive or appropriate. These people are in charge of those terms. Check out this list for fashionistas, designers and clothing moguls alike! Be inspired and look fabulous! 

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Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 69

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Editor-in-chief, Vogue Magazine Dame Anna Wintour (; born 3 November 1949) is a British-American journalist and editor who has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 and artistic director for Condé Nast, Vogue's ...more

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Jean Paul Gaultier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 66

Birthplace: Arcueil, France

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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Jil Sander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 75

Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany

German Fashion Designer Heidemarie Jiline "Jil" Sander (German pronunciation: [dʒɪl ˈzandər]; born 27 November 1943 in Wesselburen) is a minimalist German fashion designer and the founder of the Jil Sander
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John Galliano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 58

Birthplace: Gibraltar, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

John Charles Galliano (born November 28, 1960) is a Gibraltar-born British fashion designer who was the head designer of French fashion companies Givenchy (July 1995 to October 1996), Christian ...more
5
Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Greater London, United Kingdom, London, London Borough of Lewisham, + more

Fashion Designer 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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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 55

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Head Designer, Mark Jacobs International 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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Valentino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 86

Birthplace: Voghera, Italy

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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Miuccia Prada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 69

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

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) 9 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 57

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America

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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Christian Louboutin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 56

Birthplace: Paris, France

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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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 92

Birthplace: Beauvais, France

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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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
FionaEl added Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

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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Cristóbal Balenci... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain

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

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Stefano Gabbana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 56

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Stefano Gabbana is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
15
Domenico Dolce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 60

Birthplace: Polizzi Generosa, Italy

Domenico Dolce is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 86

Birthplace: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

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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Jeanne Lanvin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 79 (1867-1946)

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French fashion designer. She founded the Lanvin fashion house and the perfume company Lanvin Parfums.
18
Margherita Missoni is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 35

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos (born February 22, 1983) is known as heiress to her family's Missoni fashion house, which was founded by her grandparents Ottavio Missoni and Rosita Missoni ...more
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Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 52 (1905-1957)

Birthplace: Granville, France

Fashion Designer 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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Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 88 (1883-1971)

Birthplace: Saumur, France

French Fashion Designer and founder of the Chanel brand 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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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's ...more

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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 85

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 63

Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy

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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Issey Miyake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 80

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Japanese Fashion Designer Issey Miyake (三宅 一生, Miyake Issei, born 22 April 1938) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances, such as L'eau d'Issey, ...more
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Elie Saab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 54

Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Elie Saab, sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris.