The $1 trillion fashion industry is animated by the ideas, emotions and actions of a core community of influential global insiders. No other sector has a cast of characters as passionate, diverse and interesting, from blue-chip business titans to daring creative upstarts. The BoF 500 is a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on hundreds of nominations received from members of last year’s BoF 500, data analysis and months of research to unearth names from all corners of the globe.
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"By July of 1990, fifteen-year-old Kate Moss had dropped out of high school and left home to pursue modeling full-time. Prospects were iffy: she'd appeared twice on the cover of The Face, but she was also showing up at fittings in thrift-store finds and beat-up boots, her long brown hair hanging in strings. She was surrounded by world-famous warrior models, plated in Versace, who made it quite clear that this plain little foundling from the suburbs of London did not belong."
"Italy is experiencing a spiritual, cultural, economic and political rebirth, says Brunello Cucinelli, the founder and chief executive of the luxury clothing brand that bears his name. Mr Cucinelli predicts that Italy will soon emerge from the financial crisis which has seen its economy fall into recession three times since 2008."
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