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The Most Influential People in Fashion

Updated January 16, 2020 66.6k votes 3.3k voters 50.7k 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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  • Jil Sander1
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • John Galliano2
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Jean Paul Gaultier3
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    BirthplaceArcueil, France

    Jean-Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24 April 1952) is a French haute couture and... more on Wikipedia
  • Yves Saint Laurent4
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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),... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeanne Lanvin5
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Anna Wintour6
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Editor-in-chief, Vogue Magazine
    Dame Anna Wintour (; born 3 November 1949) is a British-American journalist and editor who... more on Wikipedia

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    #3 of 266 The Most Powerful Women Of All Time#113 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • Cristóbal Balenciaga7
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Margherita Missoni8
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    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos (born February 22, 1983) is known as heiress to her family's... more on Wikipedia
  • Anne Klein9
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    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Domenico Dolce10
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    BirthplacePolizzi Generosa, Italy

    Domenico Dolce is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
  • Stefano Gabbana11
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    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Stefano Gabbana is the co-founder of Dolce & Gabbana.
  • Donna Karan12
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    BirthplaceForest Hills, New York City, New York

    Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske; October 2, 1948), also known as "DK", is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Todd Oldham13
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    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    Todd Oldham (born October 22, 1961) is an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs... more on Wikipedia
  • Miuccia Prada14
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    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Miuccia Bianchi Prada (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmjuttʃa ˈpraːda]; born Maria Bianchi Italian... more on Wikipedia
  • Marc Jacobs15
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    BirthplaceNew 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... more on Wikipedia
  • Hubert de Givenchy16
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    BirthplaceBeauvais, France

    Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (pronounced [ybɛʁ də ʒivɑ̃ʃi]; 20 February 1927 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Tom Ford17
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    #16 of 69 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time#2 of 17 The Greatest LGBTQ Icons In Fashion

  • Alexander McQueen18
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Issey Miyake19
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • Elie Saab20
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    Elie Saab

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    Elie Saab, sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop... more on Wikipedia
  • Valentino21
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    Valentino

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceVoghera, Italy

    Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːno ɡaraˈvaːni]; born 11... more on Wikipedia
  • Oscar de la Renta22
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    BirthplaceDominican Republic, Santo Domingo

    Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014), known professionally as Oscar... more on Wikipedia
  • Hedi Slimane23
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    BirthplaceParis, France

    Hedi Slimane is a French photographer and fashion designer. From 2000 to 2007, he held the... more on Wikipedia
  • Christian Louboutin24
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    BirthplaceParis, France

    Christian Louboutin (French: [kʁis.tjɑ̃ lu.bu.tɛ̃]; born 7 January 1964) is a French fashion... more on Wikipedia
  • Azzedine Alaia25
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    BirthplaceTunis, Tunisia

    Azzedine Alaïa (French: [azedin alaja]; Arabic: عز الدين عليّة‎, romanized: ʿIzz ad-Dīn... more on Wikipedia