Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Tom Ford (1961-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1990s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,676,478

Tom Ford, another designer formally trained as an architect, is credited with turning Gucci into a brand worth billions of dollars before leaving the business to launch his own successful brand. He dressed Daniel Craig as James Bond.

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Tommy Hilfiger (1951-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,284,207

Tommy Hilfiger is known for an all-American style, specializing in sports and casual wear, featuring preppy with a twist designs. The brand also has in its collection various products, including fragrances, eyewear, watches and home furnishings.

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Valentino (1932-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1960s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 48,708

Valentino Garavani, simply known as Valentino, is famous for his jet-set glamour, elegant and feminine designs, and the “Valentino red” shade.

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Vera Wang (1949-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1990s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 757,627

Vera Wang, a former figure skater, became known as one of the top designers of bridal wear. Her elegant gowns, which are a mixture of modern trends and classic elegance, are worn by stars and have graced red-carpet events.

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Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008)
> Birthplace: Algeria
> Era of influence: 1960s-21st century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 67,597

Yves Saint Laurent is known for creating modern chic style and rewriting the story of couture and ready-to-wear. He was the head designer for house of Dior at age 21. Some of his iconic creations include the women’s tuxedo jacket, the high-fashion peacoat, and the shirt dress.