Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Calvin Klein (1942-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1970s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,002,680

After initially focusing on women’s coats and coordinates, Calvin Klein became known for popularizing denim, as well as raising eyebrows with provocative ads featuring models and celebrities, including a teenage Brooke Shields.

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Carolina Herrera (1939-)
> Birthplace: Venezuela
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 108,799

Carolina Herrera is known for elegance, class, sophistication, and for dressing several first ladies, including Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. Herrera likes classic outfits such as pencil skirts with white cotton shirts.

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Christian Dior (1905-1957)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: Post-World War II
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 793,695

Christian Dior is known for upending post-war fashion with tight-waisted dresses and his bell-shaped and swirling full skirts. He opened a luxury ready-to-wear store, the first of its kind, in Manhattan in 1948.

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Christian Louboutin (1963-)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 1990s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 821,467

Christian Louboutin, a shoe and handbag designer, is famous for his high-end stilettos. Red soles of shoes are his trademark. Beyonce wore a custom pair of boots when she headlined Coachella.

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Christian Lacroix (1951-)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 129,341

Christian Lacroix is known for mingling bright tones and extravagant materials. He is also famous for designing clothes based on a matador’s costume. Lacroix is credited with inventing the puffball skirt.