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The Most Influential People in Fashion

Updated January 16, 2020 62.3k votes 3.3k voters 53.7k views154 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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    BirthplaceGibraltar, 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 Dior...  more
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    Jil Sander

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceWesselburen, 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 fashion house....  more
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    Yves Saint Laurent

    Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

    BirthplaceOran, 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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    BirthplaceArcueil, 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 2003 to 2010 he...  more
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    Jeanne Lanvin

    Dec. at 79 (1867-1946)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French fashion designer. She founded the Lanvin fashion house and the perfume company Lanvin Parfums....  more
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    BirthplaceEngland, London

    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 publisher, since...  more

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    Cristóbal Balenciaga

    Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

    BirthplaceGetaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain

    Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house....  more
  • 8

    Anne Klein

    Dec. at 51 (1923-1974)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Anne Klein was an American fashion designer who founded her own women's sportswear and apparel label....  more
  • 9

    BirthplacePolizzi Generosa, Italy

    Domenico Dolce is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana....  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceMilan, 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 Jelmini,...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceForest Hills, New York City, New York

    Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske; October 2, 1948), also known as "DK", is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels....  more
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    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Stefano Gabbana is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana....  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceMilan, 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
  • 14

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    Todd Oldham (born October 22, 1961) is an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceBeauvais, 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 famous...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    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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    BirthplaceHiroshima, 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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    Tom Ford

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceAustin, 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 luxury...  more

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    #2 of 17 The Greatest LGBTQ Icons In Fashion#27 of 28 Gay Celebrities Who Are Married to Same-Sex Partners

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    Alexander McQueen

    Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)

    BirthplaceLondon 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

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    BirthplaceParis, France

    Hedi Slimane is a French photographer and fashion designer. From 2000 to 2007, he held the position of creative director for Dior Homme. He is currently the creative director for Saint Laurent Paris....  more
  • 21

    Elie Saab

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceBeirut, 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....  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceDominican 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 trained by Cristóbal...  more
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    BirthplaceParis, 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 his...  more
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    Age: 88

    BirthplaceVoghera, 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 Valentino...  more
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    BirthplaceTunis, Tunisia

    Azzedine Alaïa (French: [azedin alaja]; Arabic: عز الدين عليّة‎, romanized: ʿIzz ad-Dīn ʿAlayya, pronounced [ʕizz adˈdiːn ʕaˈlajja]; 26 February 1935 – 18 November 2017) was a Tunisian-born couturier...  more