Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Donna Karan (1948-)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 319,846

The creator of Donna Karan New York clothing labels, Donna Karan is famous for collections intended to give businesswomen alternatives to traditional suits. Her clothes are considered sleek and practical.

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Edoardo Fendi (?-1954)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 20th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 387,865

Edoardo Fendi is mostly known her being the husband of Adele Casagrande, who later became Adele Fendi. The two worked on the luxury ready-to-wear fur brand Fendi, which is currently one of most prestigious brands in fashion.

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Emanuel Ungaro (1933-)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 1960s-90s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 36,624

Emanuel Ungaro is famous for making clothes comfortable and flattering the female form. He is also known for his robust use of colors, prints, and patterns. His following included Jacqueline Kennedy and actress Catherine Deneuve.

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Gianfranco Ferre (1944-2007)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1970s-early 21st century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 2,760

Gianfranco Ferre is known for adding an architectural aesthetic to fashion. He is also known for carefully constructed couture as well as ready-to-wear styles. Women’s business suits with bold seams and white blouses are like a trademark for his style.

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Giorgio Armani (1934-)
> Birthplace: Italy
> Era of influence: 1970s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 782,603

Giorgio Armani is known for classic men’s suits and clean tailored lines. His clothes have been worn in movies like “American Gigolo,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.”