Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

John Harrington, Hristina Byrnes

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Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 20th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 2,525,753

One of the best known names in the history of fashion, Coco Chanel is famous for her trademark suits, costume jewelry, and little black dresses. She also brought a male aesthetic to fashion with tweed blazers.

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Diane Von Furstenberg (1946-)
> Birthplace: Belgium
> Era of influence: 1970s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 6,041

Diane Von Furstenberg, who is actually a former princess and a fixture at Studio 54 in the 1970s, is known for her iconic wrap dress, which was introduced in 1974. It became a symbol of the women’s liberation movement.

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Domenico Dolce (1958-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 275,445

Domenico Dolce, from Dolce & Gabbana, is famous for being part of the team considered the inventors of a Mediterranean style inspired by sensual, austere Italian women. Madonna and Angelina Jolie are among the celebrity clients.

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Donatella Versace (1955-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1990s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 4,607,164

Sister of the famous Italian designer Gianni Versace, Donatella has become known for a few trends of her own. The famous J.Lo plunging dress is from the Versace house, as well as the jumpsuit Lady Gaga wore for her Super Bowl LI halftime show.

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Gianni Versace (1946-1997)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1980s-90s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 10,848,520

Before his assassination in 1997 in Miami, Florida, Gianni Versace had become known for bondage gear, bold colors, polyvinyl chloride baby-doll dresses, and silver-mesh togas, as well as using leather and fuse rubber as materials.