Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

John Harrington, Hristina Byrnes

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Halston (1932-1990)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1970s-90s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 220,663

Roy Halston Frowick, whom most people know simply as Halston, is known for sexy, sleek dresses worn by the disco crowd in the mid-1970s. He loved to use jewels and flowers as accessories in hoods and bonnets.

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Thierry Hermès (1801-1878)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 19th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 59,824

Thierry Hermes was a famous luxury goods maker specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfume, and jewellery. One of the company’s most famous creations is the iconic Kelly bag, named after Princess Grace who used it to hide her baby bump.

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Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 1960s-80s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 487,684

Hubert de Givenchy is famous for his understated style. He liked simplicity and elegance. The designer dressed Audrey Hepburn, including in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Princess Grace of Monaco, and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

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Jimmy Choo (1948-)
> Birthplace: Malaysia
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 558,186

Jimmy Choo is known for handmade women’s shoes worn by celebrities, including Princess Diana, Julia Roberts, and Renee Zellweger. He used as an inspiration a craftsmanship he learned from his father, who was a cobbler.

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Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2018)
> Birthplace: Germany
> Era of influence: 1980s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,432,581

Karl Lagerfeld, who worked with Fendi, was known for reviving the Chanel label by adding chains and leather to Chanel’s classic suit. He was also credited with expanding Chanel’s perfume business.