Special Report

The Most Popular Fashion Designers in History

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Kate Spade (1962-2018)
> Birthplace: United States
> Era of influence: 1990s-21st century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 6,507,986

Kate Spade was a fashion journalist turned handbag empire creator. She is known her modern handbags that have a glossy but classy look, and are often very colorful and in practical shapes.

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Levi Strauss (1829-1902)
> Birthplace: German Confederation
> Era of influence: 19th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 544,567

Levi Strauss is famous for creating blue jeans to outfit gold prospectors in California. You may know them as Levi’s. He called them waist overalls.

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Louis Vuitton (1821-1892)
> Birthplace: France
> Era of influence: 19th century
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 1,758,361

Louis Vuitton created a leather goods empire synonymous with luxury. As a young man he focused on luggage and making the perfect suitcase. He designed a lightweight rectangular suitcase for long journeys that was copied within a few years.

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Manolo Blahnik (1942-)
> Birthplace: Spain
> Era of influence: 1970s-current
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 297,460

Manolo Blahnik is known for high-end women’s footwear worn by Bianca Jagger and by actresses on television shows like “Sex and the City” and ” Absolutely Fabulous.” He likes sleek stiletto heels that accentuate femininity.

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Mary Quant (1934-)
> Birthplace: United Kingdom
> Era of influence: 1960s-70s
> Wikipedia pageviews (2 yr.): 230,510

Mary Quant was famous for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants. She was also instrumental in the mod fashion movement. She is credited with creating the so-called Chelsea look — boyish, edgy and affordable.