As we reflect on the year 2019, we pay tribute to the legendary figures from the world of fashion, art, design, and entrepreneurship who left an indelible mark on our lives. Their creativity, innovation, and contributions to their respective fields will forever be cherished. Let us remember and celebrate their enduring legacies:
Max Azria (May)
French-Tunisian fashion designer
Max Azria, the visionary behind BCBG Max Azria, introduced a new era of women’s fashion in 1989. His passion for design was unbounded, and his influence will be everlasting.
Jake Burton Carpenter (November)
Board sports pioneer
Jake Burton Carpenter revolutionized the world of board sports, giving rise to the iconic Burton brand. His legacy lives on in every snowboarder who shreds the slopes.
Joe Casely-Hayford (January)
British designer and tailoring specialist
Joe Casely-Hayford, the epitome of sartorial elegance, dressed celebrities and left an indelible mark on fashion with his unique tailoring.
Hunter Chung (October)
South Korean model
Hunter Chung graced runways with his positivity and professionalism, leaving a lasting impression on the fashion world.
Scott Crolla (July)
British designer and bon vivant
A true icon of London’s ’80s fashion scene, Scott Crolla’s eccentric style adorned celebrities, making him a standout in the world of fashion.
Steve Hiett (August)
British musician and photographer
Steve Hiett’s colorful and captivating photographs left an indelible mark on the world of fashion and art, adorning the pages of renowned publications.
Alma, Agnes, and Alfred Holch Povlsen (April)
Children of Bestseller owner Anders Holch Povlsen
The tragic loss of Alma, Agnes, and Alfred Holch Povlsen in the Sri Lanka terrorist bombings reminds us of the fragile nature of life.
Perrine Houdoux-Stoclet (August)
French luxury executive
Perrine Houdoux-Stoclet’s contributions to the fashion industry, from leading labels to creating iconic fashion venues, will be remembered with admiration.
Liu Jiang (March)
Co-founder of Chinese magazine empire Trends Media Group
Liu Jiang’s pioneering work in the Chinese fashion media landscape laid the foundation for an empire of style and culture.
Anna Karina (December)
Franco-Danish actress, author, and style icon
Anna Karina, the embodiment of timeless style, graced the world of fashion and film, leaving an indelible mark on both.
Sophia Kokosalaki (October)
Sophia Kokosalaki’s innovative blend of drapery and tough materials made her a standout in Greek fashion, and her Olympic creations will always be celebrated.
Karl Lagerfeld (February)
German designer, illustrator, and photographer
Karl Lagerfeld’s multifaceted genius made him an irreplaceable icon in the fashion world, and his legacy continues to inspire.
Claude Lalanne (April)
French artist beloved by fashion designers
Claude Lalanne’s artistic collaboration with her husband, François-Xavier, produced enchanting creations that captivated the fashion world.
Pierre Le Tan (September)
French painter and designer
Pierre Le Tan’s distinctive illustrations graced prestigious publications and captured the essence of fashion and culture.
Peter Lindbergh (November)
Peter Lindbergh’s iconic photographs of supermodels defined an era, earning him a place in the pantheon of fashion photography.
Chris March (September)
American fashion designer
Chris March’s eccentric style and costume designs brought joy to the world of entertainment, leaving an unforgettable mark.
Raymond Massaro (April)
French master shoemaker
Raymond Massaro, the shoemaker favored by fashion luminaries, crafted footwear that will forever be celebrated for its elegance.
Patrick McCarthy (February)
American editor-in-chief of industry bible WWD and W magazine
Patrick McCarthy’s wit and determination made him a formidable presence in the world of fashion journalism, shaping the industry’s narrative.
Terry O’Neill (November)
Terry O’Neill’s lens immortalized fashion, celebrities, and cultural icons, leaving behind a rich visual legacy.
Norman Orentreich (January)
Norman Orentreich’s pioneering work in hair transplantation and skincare revolutionized the beauty industry.
Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (July)
Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi’s contributions to Arab-influenced fashion were emblematic of a growing global movement.
Lee Radziwill (February)
American socialite and fashion icon
Lee Radziwill, a true fashion icon of the 1960s, left an indelible mark on style and grace.
Arthur Ryan (July)
Irish retail pioneer
Arthur Ryan’s visionary leadership transformed Primark into a global fashion retail powerhouse.
Andrés Sardá (September)
Spanish designer and textile entrepreneur
Andrés Sardá’s innovative lingerie designs and fashion-forward vision continue to influence the industry.
Marina Schiano (September)
Model, businesswoman, creative director
Marina Schiano’s beauty and grace made her a muse for Yves Saint Laurent and a fashion legend in her own right.
Josephus Melchior Thimister (November)
Josephus Thimister’s artistic brilliance and contributions to Balenciaga and other labels made him a fashion luminary.
Isabel Toledo (August)
American fashion designer
Isabel Toledo’s craftsmanship and design genius shone through in every piece, including Michelle Obama’s iconic inaugural dress.
Piero Tosi (August)
Italian costume designer
Piero Tosi’s costume designs for film legends remain iconic and enduring.
Brandon Truaxe (January)
Canadian-Iranian beauty entrepreneur
Brandon Truaxe’s pioneering spirit in the world of skincare revolutionized personal care, leaving an extraordinary legacy.
Gloria Vanderbilt (June)
American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite
Gloria Vanderbilt’s multifaceted life, including her contributions to designer jeans, will forever be part of fashion history.
Alla Verber (August)
Russia’s greatest fashion retailer
Alla Verber’s influence on Russian fashion and luxury retail was immense, making her a beloved style icon.
Patrick-Louis Vuitton (November)
Great-great-grandson of founder Louis Vuitton
Patrick-Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship and dedication to the Vuitton legacy were unparalleled, leaving a lasting mark on luxury.
These remarkable individuals, each in their unique way, contributed to the rich tapestry of fashion, art, and culture. As we remember them, we honor their enduring legacies and the inspiration they continue to provide to us all.