Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Adele Fendi (1897-1978)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 20th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 387,865

Along with husband Edoardo, Adele Fendi was known for creating a luxury brand of chic, well-tailored garments. After her death, her five daughters took over the business, growing the company into a major player in the fur fashion industry.

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Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)
> Birthplace: United Kingdom
> Era of influence: 1990s-early 21st century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,854,052

Alexander McQueen was famous for shaking up the fashion world with his shocking catwalk shows. He was also known for his precise tailoring and pencil skirts and was credited with reviving the low-rise jeans trend and talking the skull motif mainstream.

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Anna Sui (1964-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1990s-Current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 144,498

Anna Sui is known for her enduring designs. She has a talent for crafting collections with compelling cultural and historical references. In addition to clothes, her brand also includes cosmetics, accessories, and beauty products.

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Betsey Johnson (1942-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1960s-Current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 288,902

Betsey Johnson was known for her quirky, out-of-the box aesthetic, and her feminine and whimsical designs. She is also considered to be a pioneer of New York City street fashion. Johnson likes exuberant and over-the-top designs in clothes, as well as shows, handbags, and jewelry.

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Bill Blass (1922-2002)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: Late 20th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 72,141

Bill Blass is famous for couture and ready-to-wear designs. He is considered one of the pioneers of the relaxed and laid-back fashion, including sportswear, that was so popular in the late 20th century.