Fashion is the economy’s high-wire act, and its designers are the odds-defying trapeze artists of the industry.
The top fashion designers — whether they’re focused on haute couture or ready-to-wear — anticipate trends, assume great risk, and flout convention.
Remaining at the top in the fashion industry has always been a daunting challenge, which makes the achievements of the most influential designers all the more impressive. And if they happen to court controversy, the ensuing media buzz only helps them build their brand.
To acknowledge the accomplishments of fashion’s change agents, 24/7 Wall St. has selected 30 of the most influential fashion designers of all time. We drew on fashion industry sources and media to determine our list.