There are a ton of well-known names in the fashion world; Anna Wintour, Giselle Bundchen, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs….. the list goes on and on. The industry is populated with models, editors, and designers that have shaped our style and dominated the red carpet for years. We put together a list of our favorite individuals in the fashion world. The only criteria is that they have had some type of impact on the industry, whether it’s designing, writing, styling, or walking the runway.
After an amazing career as a model, and a devastating car accident, Grace used her extensive knowledge of the industry to become a a magazine editor. Starting at British Vogue, then moving to Calvin Klein, she landed at American Vogue in 1988 and has served as the magazine’s creative director since then. She is the styling and creative force behind all of Vogue’s amazing photoshoots, and she has a head of AMAZING hair.
Victoria used her fame from her Spice Girl days to follow her true passion – designing! She created her first denim line back in 2006, and eventually launched her self-named full line in 2008. She’s won numerous design awards, dressed celebrities for red carpets, and done it all while being a mom of 4.
When you think of some of the best celebrity photo shoots, chances are, you are picturing Annie Leibovitz’s work. She’s began her career at Rolling Stone in 1970, and soon built a portfolio of amazing portraits, including the last professional portrait taken of John Lennon. She regularly photographs the subjects for the cover of Vogue and Vanity Fair, and has created some of the most iconic images of celebrities like Demi Moore, Lady Gaga, and Benedict Cumberbatch. She also photographed Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for the cover of Vogue, but we try not to hold it against her.
You can’t throw a rock in the fashion world today without hitting someone who wants to work with Cara Delevigne. She’s on every runway, in every photoshoot, and the face of a million campaigns. Her fierce eyebrows and model ready look have made her one of the most recognizable and sought-after model working today. She’s now branching out into acting, so look for her in Paper Towns in July, and Suicide Squad in August!
Tavi started her blog at 11 years old in 2008, and made such an impression that she was personally invited to New York Fashion Week in 2009 by a variety of designers. She paved the way for fashion bloggers to become a vocal and influential part of the fashion industry. She collaborated with designers like Rodarte, and has worked with numerous bloggers, authors, and magazines to create a space for young women to feel free to be themselves. In 2011 she created the magazine Rookie for young women, and continues to work in fashion, writing, and acting.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Go look in your closet right now; is there a wrap dress in there? Yeah, you can thank Diane Von Furstenberg for that. A designer since 1970, it was her jersey-knit wrap dress that she introduced in 1974 that has become a staple in women’s closets. Diane helped pioneer an easy, feminine-but-office-ready style that still resonates with women to this day. Also, she was a German princess for a while – real fashion royalty!
She has taken the fashion world by storm with her show-stopping curves, her #DropThePlus campaign, and her desire to make plus size fashion mainstream. She’s covered numerous magazines, worked with major retailers like Nordstrom, Lane Bryant, Hanes, and Levi’s, crashed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition with a gorgeous ad from Swimsuits For All, and her recent TEDTalk in Spain will make you love your body. She has made it her goal to help women feel good about themselves no matter what their size, and wants fashion to be accessible to everyone.
Honorable Mention: Barbie
If you love fashion, chances are you grew up loving Barbie! There is no career she didn’t try, outfit she didn’t own, or dream home she didn’t inhabit. For her 50th anniversary, 50 amazing designers like Vera Wang, Christian Louboutin, Calvin Klein, and Diane von Furstenberg created celebratory designs for her. She has her own Instagram account, and continues to be a top selling toy. Her newest collection debuting this year will include 23 hair colors, 22 hairstyles, 18 eye colors and 14 facial shapes, as well as adjustable ankles that can finally wear flats instead of only high heels. We love you Barbie!!