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The Most Influential People in Fashion 

Amber Hubert
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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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John Galliano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 58
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
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Jean Paul Gaultier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 66
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
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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Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 69
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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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
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Dec. 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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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 55
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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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 57
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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Karl Lagerfeld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 85
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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Miuccia Prada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 69
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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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)
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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Domenico Dolce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 60
Domenico Dolce is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
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Stefano Gabbana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 56
Stefano Gabbana is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
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Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 88 (1883-1971)
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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Hubert de Givenchy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 92
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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Jeanne Lanvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 79 (1867-1946)
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French fashion designer. She founded the Lanvin fashion house and the perfume company Lanvin Parfums.
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Cristóbal Balenci... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)
Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.

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Valentino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 86
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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Christian Louboutin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 56
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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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)
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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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
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age 84
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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Donatella Versace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 63
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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Christian Dior is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 52 (1905-1957)
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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Oscar de la Renta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 86
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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Mario Testino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
age 64
Mario Eduardo Testino Silva OBE HonFRPS (born 30 October 1954) is a Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer. His work has featured internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, ...more
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Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People in Fashion
Dec. at 51 (1946-1997)
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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