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The Most Influential People in Fashion 

Amber Hubert
Updated January 16, 2020 52.3k votes 2.8k voters 44.6k 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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Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: Died 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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Jil Sander is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
John Galliano is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)

Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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
8
Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
jsnungaray added Age: 60

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, ...more

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Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 51 (1946-1997)

Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy

Fashion Designer 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 ...more

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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 57

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Austin

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
14
Christian Louboutin is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Miuccia Prada is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
amsmaia added Age: 84

Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy

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 ...more
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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 85

Birthplace: Germany, Hamburg

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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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 86

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Cristóbal Balenci... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Domenico Dolce is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Stefano Gabbana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 56

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Stefano Gabbana is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
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Ralph Lauren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Age: 79

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

CEO, Polo Ralph Lauren 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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Diana, Princess of Wales... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)

Birthplace: Sandringham, England

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