The 100 Most Influential People in Fashion

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Zimbio's 100 Most Influential People in FashionThere are a number of factors as to why we dress the way we do. Constraints of what we can afford, what's socially acceptable, and for many, the way we'd like to be perceived all play a role. And there are people: those who created the clothing, those who popularized it, those who artfully captured its relevance, and those who moved it into mass production. Whether we can cite the individuals who have affected the way we dress, we have all, in...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #1: Levi Strauss

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A man and a woman modeling Levi's classic denim jeans. Photo via Daylife.com. LEVI STRAUSS Born: February 26, 1829 in Bavaria, Germany Died: September 26, 1902 in San Francisco, California.Fans:Marc Jacobs, The Nakash Brothers, Calvin Klein, Guess? Diesel. You'd be hard pressed to find a celebrity who doesn't wear denim. Beginnings. Levi Strauss (born Löb Strauß) was born in Bavaria, Germany but left for the United States when he was 18. In the U.S., he changed his name to Levi and...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #2: Hubert de Givenchy

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Designer Hubert de Givenchy and actress Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Photos via Museu del Perfum.com and UKOnline. HUBERT DE GIVENCHY Born: February 20, 1927 (1927-02-2Beauvais, France Celebrity fans: Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Gloria Guinness, Grace Kelly, Babe Paley Beginnings. Hubert de Givenchy started out in the fashion industry working for Robert Piguet and, later, for Lucien Lelong, where he worked alongside assistants Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior. He...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #3: Coco Chanel

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Designer Coco Chanel in one of her signature jackets. Photo via CocoChanel-Blog.com. COCO CHANEL Born: August 19, 1883 in Saumur, FranceDied:January 10, 1971 in Paris, France Fans: Tom Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Rachel Bilson, Nicole KidmanFan of: Herself. She was quoted as saying: "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel." Beginnings. Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel) lived for seven years in an orphanage after her parents died, and it was there...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #4: Louis Vuitton

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Russian model Natalia Vodianova poses in Paris in a Louis Vuitton advertising campaign for the Women's Spring/Summer 2008 collection. Photo via Ce.Cn. LOUIS VUITTON Born: August 4, 1821 in Achay, Jura, France Died: February 27, 1892 in Paris, FranceLabels owned by LVMH:Belvedere, Hennessy, Moët et Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, DKNY, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Guerlain, SephoraFans:Audrey Hepburn, Uma Thurman, Victoria Beckham, Scarlett Johanssen, Chloe Sevigny...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #5: David Bowie

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DAVID BOWIE Born:January 8, 1947, Brixton, London, EnglandFan of: Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Velvet Underground, dramatic artsAlso Known As: Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White DukeNet Worth: $900+ million Beginnings.Calling David Bowie a fashion icon is not only cliche but perhaps one of the biggest understatements in this entire series of Fashion Influentials. Bowie has influenced so many people over such a long period (five decades and counting), that those he influenced are now influencing...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #6: Claire McCardell

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images via fashion encyclopedia and papier doll CLAIRE MCCARDELL Born: May 24, 1905 in Frederick, MD Died:March 22, 1958 in New York City, NY Inspired: Donna Karan, Cynthia Rowley, Isaac MizrahiInnovations:zippers, spaghetti straps, ballet slippers, tweed evening coats, jersey dresses, drawstrings Beginnings.As a child, Claire McCardell noticed the clothes she wore were terrible for everyday activites like playing with her brothers. When she entered design school at what is now Parsons...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #7: Eileen Ford

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Ford Models' Super Model of the World grand prize winner from the Ukraine Natalyia Gotsky accepts her award from Ford Models founder Eileen Ford at the Ford Models' Super Model of the World contest at the New York Public Library January 20, 2004 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » EILEEN FORD Born: March 25, 1922, Great Neck, NY Discovered:Christie Brinkley, Carol Alt, Cheryl Tiegs, Kim AlexisCurrently Represents:Chanel Iman, Lydia Hearst, Bar Refaeli Not Fan of:John Casablancas...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #8: Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MississippiDied:August 16, 1977Fan of: Gospel singer Jake Hess, Hank Snow, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubbs, Ted Daffan, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Davis, Bob Willis.Fans: Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, Johnny Hallyday, Adriano Celetano, Bobby SoloRecords sold: Unknown. Graceland reports over a billion. Beginnings.In terms of being a groundbreaker, Elvis is on the forefront. He’s broke ground before groundbreaking was invented. What...Read Full Story

Fashion Influential #9: Yves Saint Laurent

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Fashion great Yves Saint Laurent. Image via thehuffingtonpost. YVES SAINT LAURENT Born: August 1, 1936, Oran, Algeria Died:June 1, 2008, Paris France Popularized:Le Smoking Suit (a tuxedo suit for women), the beatnik look, thigh-high boots, safari jackets, peacoats, leopard print, etc.Fan of:Betty Catroux, Talitha Pol, Katoucha Niane, Iman, Laetitia Casta, Catherine DeneuveFans:Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso, Lauren Bacall, his mother Beginnings.Yves Saint Laurent, like his design...Read Full Story
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