Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Roberto Cavalli (1960-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1970s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 246,569

Roberto Cavalli is known for his use of intricate prints. He is also known for his sand-smashed jeans and pioneering creations in denim.

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Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 20th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 238,107

Salvatore Ferragamo is known as the “shoemaker to the stars” because his clientele were Hollywood stars in 1920s and 1930s. He held more than 300 patents, many in footwear that are still used today.

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Stefano Gabbana (1962-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 344,204

Stefano Gabbana is the Gabbana in Dolce & Gabbana. He and his partner are considered to be the inventors of a Mediterranean style inspired by sensual, austere Italian women. Their clothes are a mix of men’s and women’s fashion. Madonna and Angelina Jolie are among celebrity clients.

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Stella McCartney (1971-)
> Birthplace: United Kingdom
> Era of influence: 1990s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,214,201

Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, is famous for her fur-free and leather-free apparel. She is also known for exact, simple tailoring.

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Thomas Burberry (1835-1926)
> Birthplace: United Kingdom
> Era of influence: 19th and 20th centuries
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 116,482

Thomas Burberry, founder of international chain Burberry, is known for his trenchcoat,. His company’s designs are known for their iconic check pattern and British heritage branding.